Wimbledon: British wildcard Jodie Burrage crashes out with first-round defeat to Lesia Tsurenko


British wildcard Jodie Burrage comes to the aid of a poorly Wimbledon ball boy by feeding him PERCY PIGS… before crashing out to Lesia Tsurenko in a first round, straight sets defeat

Plenty of brownie points and even some Percy Pigs for Jodie Burrage on Court 18. 

Unfortunately, after helping a stricken ball boy, the 23-year-old became the first British casualty of this year’s Championships. Twice, her first-round clash with Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko was held up. 

First by the rain and then by a medical emergency. Either side of the delays, Burrage was beaten in straight sets, labouring in a 6-2 6-3 defeat.

But she exits with plaudits aplenty for her quick-thinking early in set two.

There was immediate concerns when a young ball boy had to be led to a chair and tended to by the match umpire.

A few minutes later, having received treatment from paramedics, he was led away from Court 18 in a wheelchair. By then, though, Burrage had done her bit – and some. With the boy pale and clearly struggling, the British No 5 ran to her bag.

Jodie Burrage came to the aid of a ball boy at the start of the second set during her first-round

Jodie Burrage came to the aid of a ball boy at the start of the second set during her first-round

Burrage fed the boy Percy Pigs and gave him a drink as she took time to make sure he was okay

Burrage fed the boy Percy Pigs and gave him a drink as she took time to make sure he was okay

The ball boy was then helped off the court before being led away in a wheelchair

The ball boy was then helped off the court before being led away in a wheelchair

She grabbed an energy gel and a drink from the fridge, handing them over to the boy and talking to him, too.

Soon, a member of the crowd passed on a packet of Percy Pigs and Burrage took them, too.

Eventually, the boy was helped from the court by the umpire and a line judge.

Unfortunately, there were no more heroics once play restarted. Burrage complained about the court in the first set, shouting ‘it’s so slow’ to her team.

She was broken twice before rain stopped play for around an hour. Then after another delay, two more breaks and a second first-round exit in as many years.

Burrage crashed out at the first round of Wimbledon with a straight sets loss on Monday

Burrage crashed out at the first round of Wimbledon with a straight sets loss on Monday

Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko advances to the second round after her 6-2 6-3 win in 70 minutes

Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko advances to the second round after her 6-2 6-3 win in 70 minutes





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