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Jodie Burrage stops opening match to help fainting ball boy at Wimbledon

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Jody Burrage didn’t think twice during her first match at Wimbledon on Monday.

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Burrage, during a match with Leisa Tsurenko, suddenly noticed that the boy with the ball, standing on the edge of the court, began to lose consciousness. Instantly, she stopped the match and ran to the rescue, bringing him a blue Powerade, a packet of gel, and eventually some candy she got from someone in the stands.

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The match was stopped for about 10 minutes before the boy with the ball was helped out of the court.

“Just tried to get him sugar, gave him Gatorade and gel. Gel isn’t the nicest thing, so they managed to find Percy’s pigs somewhere along the line in the crowd, which he let go and then started to feel better,” Burrage said. . “I hope he feels better now.”

Luckily, she said, there was someone in the crowd with Percy pigs, the British gummies that Burrage loves.

“I definitely love Percy the pig, that’s for sure,” Burrage said. . “I thought, ‘This kid needs sugar. He didn’t like the gel. I said, “Yeah, something else is definitely needed.”

“Someone just shouted from the side: “If you want, there are sweets here.” They were Percy’s pigs.”

Burrage lost her match in straight sets, losing to Tsurenko 6-2, 6-3.

While Burrage’s participation in the singles tournament at Wimbledon has already come to an end, she will compete in doubles later this week. The 23-year-old, ranked No. 141 in the world, competed in the second Grand Slam of her career.

“I just reacted the way I think anyone would. He wasn’t in the best position,” Burrage said. . “I was just trying to help him as much as possible.”

Jody Burrage helps the boy with the ball at Wimbledon
Jody Burrage helps a ball boy after he collapsed during her first round match at Wimbledon on Monday. (Stephen Paston/PA Images/Getty Images)


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