Jodie Burrage lost her match but won over tennis fans around the world with a classy act towards a ballboy who was in strife at Wimbledon.
A ballboy fainted and received a helping hand on the first day of Wimbledon.
British tennis star Jodie Burrage faced Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the grand slam and reacted swiftly after seeing the ballboy needed assistance.
She gave him a sports drink and some recovery gel that she had in her bag, before a candy bar from a fan in the stadium also helped the boy revive, the New York Post reports.
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“Just tried to get him some sugar, gave him a Gatorade and a gel. The gel is not the nicest thing, so they managed to find some Percy Pigs somewhere along the line in the crowd, which he got down and then started to feel better,” Burrage said after the match.
“Hopefully he’s feeling better now.”
She did not think her reaction was out of the ordinary.
“I just reacted how I think anyone would. He was not in a good spot,” Burrage said. “I just tried to help him out as much as possible.
“I definitely love a Percy Pig, that’s for sure. I was just like, ‘This kid needs sugar’. He wasn’t liking the gel. I was like, ‘Yeah, definitely need something else’. Someone just shouted on the side, ‘Got some sweets here if you want’. They were Percy Pigs.”
Percy Pigs are fruit-flavoured gummy candy that are popular in the UK.
“Good thing I was on hand to come to the rescue earlier on court … wishing the ballboy a speedy recovery!” the brand wrote on Instagram. “Excellent choice @jodie_burrage.”
The match was paused for about 10 minutes during the incident.
Ultimately, Tsurenko won the match 6-2, 6-3.
This story first appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission