Wimbledon player Jodie Burrage comes to aid fainting ballboy with candy

Burrage made her debut at Wimbledon last year and lost the first round. But she’ll get another chance this year in women’s doubles. She and Eden Silva will play their first match later in the week.

Published: 28th June 2022 02:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2022 02:42 PM   |  A+A-

Britain's Jodie Burrage gives a ball boy some refreshments after he fainted. (Photo | AP)

Britain's Jodie Burrage gives a ball boy some refreshments after he fainted. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

WIMBLEDON: Quick reactions are a hallmark of being a professional tennis player, and Jodie Burrage showed the Wimbledon crowd she could respond to adversity quickly.

The British player noticed a ballboy who was feeling faint on the sidelines during her match on Monday, then rushed over to make sure he was OK. She first gave him a sports drink, and then some nutritional gel before a spectator handed over a bag of candy.



"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. Hopefully he’s feeling better now," Burrage said.

The match was stopped for about 10 minutes until the boy was helped off the court. Unfortunately for the 23-year-old Burrage, her heroics didn’t help her in the match. She lost to Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-3 on the opening day of the tournament.

Burrage said she noticed the ballboy was in distress and wanted to help. "I just reacted how I think anyone would. He was not in a good spot. I just tried to help him out as much as possible," Burrage said. 

More help came from the crowd in the form of the chewy candy. "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," Burrage said.

Burrage made her debut at Wimbledon last year and also lost in the first round. But she’ll get another chance this year in women’s doubles. She and Eden Silva will play their first match later in the week. "Really looking forward to that. Hopefully I can get over the line in that one," Burrage said. 



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