Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in last year’s Australian Open Tennis Tournament, halted a match to help an agitated ball girl. It was this gesture of the French player that made headlines around the world.
During his second-round match against Omar Jasika, Tsonga noticed the youngster was in tears after being hit in the face by a ball. The Frenchman then quickly stopped play to check on the ball girl before putting a protective arm around the girl and escorting her off the court.
Twelve months on, Tsonga has revealed that the girl, Giuliana, sent him a touching letter of thanks.
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The letter reads:
“Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for helping me out on court during your round 2 match. I'm not sure if you remember me but I was the ball girl you escorted off court. I would also like to take the opportunity to apologise for the times when you asked for the ball but I did not service it to you or acknowledge you.
I had picked up a virus which I was unaware of and it caused me to become dizzy and lightheaded. This also affected my vision and hearing. I apologise for not being able to perform my duties as a ball kid to the high standards that are expected.
Thank you so much for the kindness that you showed me. I really appreciate that you were able to see that I needed some help and were kind enough to escort me off court."
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After thanking Tsonga for his chivalrous gesture, Giuliana finishes her letter by wishing him ‘all the best’ for his remaining games before signing off as "Giuliana, AO Ballkid no. 180."
Tsonga made the letter public by sharing it on social media and thanking Giuliana in a tweet which has been widely shared.
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