WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Fast reactions are a trademark of being an expert tennis participant, and Jodie Burrage confirmed the Wimbledon crowd she may reply to adversity shortly.
The British participant observed a ball boy who was feeling faint on the sidelines throughout her match on Monday, then rushed over to ensure he was OK. She first gave him a sports activities drink, then some dietary gel earlier than a spectator handed over a bag of sweet.
“Simply tried to get him some sugar, gave him a Gatorade and a gel. The gel shouldn’t be the nicest factor, so that they managed to seek out some Percy Pigs someplace alongside the road within the crowd, which he bought down after which began to really feel higher,” Burrage stated. “Hopefully he’s feeling higher now.”
The match was stopped for about 10 minutes till the boy was helped off court docket.
Sadly for the 23-year-old Burrage, her heroics didn’t assist her within the match. She misplaced to Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-3 on the opening day of the event.
Burrage stated she observed the ball boy was in misery and wished to assist.
“I simply reacted how I feel anybody would. He was not in a great place,” Burrage stated. “I simply tried to assist him out as a lot as attainable.”
Extra assist got here from the gang within the type of the chewy sweet.
“I positively love a Percy Pig, that’s for certain,” Burrage stated. “I used to be identical to, ‘This child wants sugar.’ He wasn’t liking the gel. I used to be like, ‘Yeah, positively want one thing else.’ Somebody simply shouted on the aspect, ‘Received some sweets right here if you’d like.’ They have been Percy Pigs.”
Burrage made her debut at Wimbledon final 12 months and in addition misplaced within the first spherical. However she’ll get one other likelihood this 12 months in girls’s doubles. She and Eden Silva will play their first match later within the week.
“Actually wanting ahead to that,” Burrage stated. “Hopefully I can recover from the road in that one.”