Dramatic moment Australian Open tennis players rush to help ball kid after she collapses on the court during their first-round clash
- Star players rush to aid of ballgirl after she collapsed at Australian Open
- The incident occurred during an opening round march on Monday night
- Players Pedro Martinez and Federico Delbonis rushed to the girl’s aid
- She received medical attention and is now recovering at home with her parents
A ballgirl at the Australian Open is recovering after collapsing on court during a match, with the two players involved racing to her aid.
Spain’s Pedro Martinez and Federico Delbonis of Argentina were playing a first-round match on Court 17 at Melbourne Park when the ballgirl suddenly collapsed.
Martinez had been serving in an opening-set tiebreaker when the girl collapsed.
Delbonis immediately rushed from the far side of the court to the girl’s aid as Martinez, who was closest to her, lent over to check on her welfare.
Tennis player Federico Delbonis (green shirt) rushes from the other side of the court to join Pedro Martinez in coming to the ballgirl’s aid
Martinez and Delbonis stayed with the girl as linespeople helped her to a courtside seat
The players then stayed with her, checking on her welfare, as linespeople helped the girl to a courtside seat.
It’s believe the girl was overwhelmed by the high on-court temperatures.
The girl was then checked over by tournament medical staff and monitored by a dedicated ballkids nurse until collected by her parents.
‘Federico Delbonis and Pedro Martinez, take a bow. Didn’t hesitate to help a ballkid who’d just collapsed in the heat,’ tweeted Nine’s Wide World of Sports, the official broadcaster.
The incident occurred during an unruly night at the tournament, which has got off to a rocky start after the Novak Djokovic drama.
Australia’s John Millman celebrates after beating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in their men’s singles match on day one of the Australian Open
Fans receive a warning from the chair umpire for yelling during play in the first round singles match between John Millman of Australia and Feliciano Lopez of Spain
Australian crowd favourite John Millman won a controversial opening round match against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who complained to the umpire about Millman’s supporters shouting during this serve.
Some people reported a fight breaking out in the stands after Millman defeated Lopez in four sets.
‘The crowd was a bit rowdy. Everyone’s had a couple of drinks and enjoyed themselves,’ Millman told reporters afterwards.
‘You don’t want people throwing punches, because we are the happy slam and meant to have a bit of fun.’
Lopez was also the subject of a sledge by Australia’s wheelchair champion Dylan Alcott in commentary.
‘They look in a different stratosphere in terms of what is going on physically. John [Millman] is up and about, really using his energy,’ he said during Channel Nine’s coverage.
‘Lopez struggling, grimacing after each point. I’ve got a spare wheelchair in the locker room. I reckon he’s about an hour away.’
Meanwhile, popular Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, backing up from his ATP victory in Adelaide last week, fell to German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in a shock straight sets defeat.