• Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faced Australian hopeful Omar Jasika on Wednesday
  • Frenchman Tsonga came to the aid of an unwell ball girl at Melbourne Park
  • The 30-year-old linked arms with the girl and escorted her off of the court
  • Tsonga progressed to the third round after beating Jasika 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

John Downes For Mailonline

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress at the Australian Open and earned recognition on social media from fans who applauded his behaviour.

After the match, the No 9-seeded Frenchman said that he noticed that the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his tie with Omar Jasika on Wednesday, and thus paused before serving in order to walk over to see what was wrong.

Tsonga put his arm on her back, and the ball girl handed Tsonga a ball she was holding, before he linked his arm through hers and escorted her off of the court.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (left) comes to the aid of a ball girl in distress at the Australian Open on Wednesday

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (left) comes to the aid of a ball girl in distress at the Australian Open on Wednesday

The Frenchman calls for off-court assistance after spotting that the girl is unwell in Melbourne

The Frenchman calls for off-court assistance after spotting that the girl is unwell in Melbourne

Tsonga links arms and escorts the ball girl into the arms of a member of staff at the Australian Open

Tsonga links arms and escorts the ball girl into the arms of a member of staff at the Australian Open

The gesture was congratulated on Twitter as Tsonga was touted a gentleman for his actions in the heat of battle.

‘I didn’t know it was going to be something like this,’ Tsonga said of the public reaction. 

‘It’s just normal. She was really in trouble and the eyes were a bit [teary],’ he added.

‘It was just normal to help her to go out of the stadium. I hope she’s going well now. I asked the umpire during the game and she said it’s okay, but with the umpire you never know. 

‘I will double check if she’s well now.’ 

Tsonga admitted that it took him a little while to gage that she was not herself, before comforting her.

‘At the start I thought she was normal, because she always send me ball on the side so I said ‘what’s happened with her’,’ Tsonga said.

‘After the second time I saw she was in trouble. I just came to her and helped her go out because she was in a bad [state].’

The gesture was congratulated on Twitter as 30-year-old Tsonga was touted a gentleman for his actions

The gesture was congratulated on Twitter as 30-year-old Tsonga was touted a gentleman for his actions

Tsonga plays a backhand return during his match with former US Open boys' champion, Omar Jasika

Tsonga plays a backhand return during his match with former US Open boys’ champion, Omar Jasika

The ball girl was fine, just feeling under the weather having been hit in the face by a ball, according to tournament organizers. 

Tsonga progressed to the third round in Melbourne after beating 18-year-old Australian hopeful Jasika – the 2014 US Open boys’ singles champion – in three sets, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

The Le Mans-born 30-year-old reached the Australian Open final in 2008 before being beaten by reigning champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-7 (2-7).

Tsonga celebrates after beating 18-year-old Australian hopeful Jasika in three sets, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

Tsonga celebrates after beating 18-year-old Australian hopeful Jasika in three sets, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts,
or debate this issue live on our message boards.

Who is this week’s top commenter?
Find out now