Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shares note from Australian Open ball girl
By Jen Howard
Last Updated: 24/01/17 1:48pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shared a heartfelt letter from the ball girl he helped at the Australian Open.
The 31-year old accompanied the girl arm in arm off the court before returning to beat home favourite Omar Jasika 7-5 6-1 6-4.
Tsonga, who conquered Dan Evans on Sunday to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2017, shared on his official Twitter account the touching letter from Giuliana - the Australian ball girl.
It read: "Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
"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 ball girl you escorted off court.
"I had picked up a virus which I was unaware of and it caused me to become dizzy and light-headed. This also affected my vision and hearing.
"I apologise for not being able to perform my duties as a ball kid 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."
Giuliana finished the note wishing the world number 12 "all the best for your upcoming games" ahead of his match against 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.
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