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Tennis player consoles ball girl after hitting her in the face with serve

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28th May, 2019

Canadian tennis player Dennis Shapovalov struck an unlucky ball girl in the face at the French Open during his First Round match at Roland Garros.

Serving in the first game of the third set against Jan-Lennard Struff, the 20th seed fired a serve out wide, missing the lines for his first fault.

Unfortunately for a poor ball girl on the back wall though, he didn’t miss her, hitting her in the face as she quickly lent over with her head in her hands.

Thankfully Struff was quick to hold Shapovalov up at the other end and call him over, immediately checking on the visibly shaken ball girl as she tried to continue on and keep the game going.

Shapovalov made his over to apologise and put his arm around her, helping her off the court in a classy gesture as the crowd applauded not just the quick reaction of the players, but the tough fighting nature of the ball girl who was able to jog off for a break after originally trying to play on.

The un-seeded Struff rolled his more fancied opponent in straight sets, booking his place in the next round with a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-4 victory.