A young ball girl was forced to leave the court during Aussie Arina Rodionova’s match with Caroline Garcia at the Gippsland Trophy tournament in Melbourne.
Play momentarily stopped early in the first set, with chair umpire Miriam Bley intervening when it appeared the ball girl had suffered an injury and was unable to perform her duties at the end of the court.
The chair umpire explained to the young girl that she needed to leave the court before a tournament official stepped in to help her off the court.
“She’s clearly hurt,” former Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua said on Nine.
“It’s important for her to take a seat. There’s another ball kid up that end.”
Fellow commentator Nick McCarvel added: “It’s tough for these young people, it’s such a fun experience for them.
“Miriam Bley is wanting to kick on here with the tennis, too.”
The match eventually resumed, with Garcia taking down the Aussie in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.
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