Jodie Burrage halts Wimbledon match to come to aid of fainting ball boy with candy

WIMBLEDON, England — Quick reactions are a hallmark of a professional tennis player, and Jodie Burrage showed the Wimbledon crowd that she can react quickly to adversity.

The Britain player noticed a ball boy feeling faint on the touchline during their game on Monday, then rushed over to make sure he was okay. She first gave him a sports drink, then some nutritional gel, before a bystander handed him a bag of candy.

“I was just trying to get him some sugar, gave him a Gatorade and a gel. The gel isn’t the prettiest so they managed to find some Percy Pigs somewhere in the crowd which he came down and then started feeling better,” Burrage said. “Hopefully he’s better now.”

The game was suspended for about 10 minutes until the boy was helped off.

Unfortunately for Burrage, 23, her heroics in the match didn’t help her. She lost to Lesia Tsurenko on the opening day of the tournament 2-6, 6-3.

Burrage said she noticed the ball boy was in distress and wanted to help.

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

Further help came from the crowd in the form of chewy candy.

“I definitely love a Percy Pig, that’s for sure,” Burrage said. “I just thought, ‘This kid needs sugar.’ He didn’t like the gel. I was like, ‘Yeah, I definitely need something else.’ Someone just shouted from the side, ‘Have some candy here if you want.’ They were Percy Pigs.”

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

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Burrage. “I hope I can cross the border there.”

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Emma Bowman

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