Australian Open tennis: Players come to the rescue after ball kid collapses in first-round match

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Two Australian Open players rushed to the aid of a ball player who collapsed on the court on Monday night.

Pedro Martinez and Federico Delbonis were the first to respond to the injured youngster, with the latter sprinting across the pitch in their first-round clash.

Watch Martinez and Delbonis’ benevolent response in the video above

Both players stayed with the ball girl while others helped her down to the edge of the pitch.

It is unclear what caused him to collapse, but Tennis Australia told 7NEWS.com.au his condition improved after resting in the ballkids lounge.

The young girl was examined by the tournament’s medical staff and treated by a nurse dedicated to ball children, before being collected by her parents.

The incident happened with Martinez on set in an opening tiebreak.

Pedro Martinez and Federico Delbonis rushed to the rescue of a collapsing ball kid. Credit: Twitter
Martinez and Delbonis stayed with the ball kid as she helped off the pitch.
Martinez and Delbonis stayed with the ball kid as she helped off the pitch. Credit: Twitter

The Spaniard went on to win the set – and the match – beating Argentina’s Delbonis 7-6 (17-15) 3-6 6-4 6-2.

Meanwhile, Hubert Hurkacz’s remarkable diving volley to claim a decisive break in the final set of his first-round victory was not his only act to earn applause.

The Polish star defeated a brave Egor Gerasimov to reach the second round on Monday.

A kid took a Hubert Hurkacz from the bread basket.
A kid took a Hubert Hurkacz from the bread basket. Credit: Twitter
Hurkacz did not continue until the balloon child gave assurances that she was fine.
Hurkacz did not continue until the balloon child gave assurances that she was fine. Credit: Twitter

During the fourth set, he fired a fierce serve past his opponent – and into the midsection of a ball kid.

As seen in the video belowHurkacz was quick to raise his hand to apologize and didn’t continue until the girl assured him she was fine.

It was an act that earned him warm applause from the Melbourne Park crowd.

Hurkacz, the world No. 11, hit a diving cross volley to break Belarusian Gerasimov at 4-3 in the fourth set en route to claiming a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (5 – 7) Victory 6-3.

Star’s classy act after Ballkid’s cops hit.

Crowds Down

Off the pitch, the normally bustling garden square of Melbourne Park looked like a ghost town as fans shunned the first day of the tournament.

The Victorian government announced last week that crowd capacity would be capped at 50% for the next fortnight, in line with state COVID-19 protocols.

In another deterrent, those who ventured into Melbourne Park were greeted by long queues for a vaccination certificate check, with only the double vaxxed allowed through the gates.

There were also gray skies overhead at the start and high winds in the afternoon.

Fans take a selfie with a picture of defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.
Fans take a selfie with a picture of defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. Credit: Hamish Blair/PA

Novak Djokovic has always proved a favorite despite missing the tournament after a visa fiasco led to his expulsion, with some fans taking photos in the main stadium in front of an image of the world No 1 holding up the trophy that ‘he won each of the past. three years.

Organizers hope spectators will relish the occasion, with Australia’s world number 1 Ash Barty favorite to lift the women’s crown.

Barty was faultless in her first-round clash with Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko, winning 6-0 6-1 on Monday to advance to the second round.

In a ruthless performance on Rod Laver Arena, a steely-eyed Barty ran in just 54 minutes to continue her perfect start to the year.

The Australian superstar will face Lucia Bronzetti on Wednesday after the Italian qualifier beat Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 3-6 6-2 6-3.

– With PAA

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