Young ballgirl sends heartwarming letter to tennis star

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga helped ballgirl Giuliana off the court after she was hit in the face with a ball at last year's Australian Open. Source: YouTube


If you watched the Australian Open last year,  you might recall the heartwarming moment that French tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga helped an injured ballgirl off the court.

The girl, Giuliana had been hit in the face by a ball and was trying to hold back her sobs.

It was a moment that earned Tsonga a lot of praise from viewers and fans alike.

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And a year later, Giuliana has sent him a heartwarming letter thanking him for helping her and apologising for her performance during the match.

Tsonga shared the letter on his Twitter account yesterday.

“Thank you very much for your letter Giuliana !!!” he wrote.

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“Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga,” the letter reads

“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 ballgirl 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.

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“I apologise for not being able to perform my duties as a ballkid 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.

“Congratulations on making it to the next round. I wish you all the best for your upcoming games and I hope you are able to make it to the very end of the Australian Open!

“Thank-you again,

“Giuliana – AO Ballkid no. 180.”

What a sweet gesture from both Tsonga and Giuliana!

What do you think about this? Did it give you a smile?