January 21, 2016 5:37:30 pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress during his second round match at the Australian Open. He won hearts with an act of on-court compassion in the middle of a dominant win over Australia’s Omar Jasik.
Tsonga said he noticed that the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his match, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.
WATCH: Tsonga’s act
The girl was hit by a stray tennis ball in the third set, and was clearly shaken by the incident.
Applause rang out at Margaret Court Arena as the big-hearted player led her back and then looped his arm through hers and escorted her off the court to receive medical care, the crowd was seen impressed with Tsonga’s heartwarming act.
Tournament organizers later announced that the ball girl was fine, just feeling under the weather. Tsonga made to the third round after beating Omar Jasika of Australia, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.