Jodie Burrage came to the aid of an unwell ball boy during her first round Wimbledon match on Monday, wearing candy and energy gel before being helped off the field.
At the start of the second set of Burrage’s match with Lesia Tsurenko, one of the ball boys on Court No. 18 struggling with a disease.
“He just said he felt very weak. He couldn’t really speak. It was quite harrowing to watch,” Burrage told reporters afterwards.
As the youngster took his place on the pitch and was looked after by the match referee, the British No. 5 rushed to the fridge to bring him some water and one of her energy gels.
The 23-year-old was even offered a pack of Percy Pigs – a brand of British gummy candies – from the public to give to the ball boy while he was sitting.
“I just tried giving him some sugar, gave him a Gatorade and a gel. The gel isn’t the cutest, so they managed to find some Percy Pigs candies somewhere along the line in the crowd, which he set down and then started to feel better.
Burrage spent several minutes with the boy as he sat before medical attention arrived and helped guide him off the field.
“He wasn’t in a good place and I was just trying to help as much as I could,” she said. “I once had a panic attack here in the juniors, so I’ve been where he is. I kind of know how he felt.”
Ukrainian Tsurenko eventually defeated Burrage 6-2 6-3 in their first round.