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A lovely little moment at the Australian Open today—lovely for everyone except the ball girl who got whacked in the face with a ball and had to be helped off the court.

The injury had happened earlier in the match, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga noticed that the young woman appeared shaky and in pain.

“She was really in trouble and the eyes were a bit [teary]. It was just normal to help her to go out of the stadium. I hope she’s going well now. I asked the umpire during the game and she said it’s okay, but with the umpire you never know. I will double check if she’s well now.”


He halted play to go over and check on her, and took her arm and helped her off the court.

Tsonga went on to beat Omar Jasika in straight sets.

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