A ball boy has been sent home to rest after collapsing during day two of the Australian Open.
During the first-round clash between Lloyd Harris and Mikael Torpegaard on Court 16, play was interrupted when the ball boy fell to the ground suddenly.
Torpegaard held a 4-2 lead in the first set when the incident occurred, with the ball kid stationed behind the Danish player.
Both competitors seemed concerned for the boy as Harris jogged over from the other end of the court to check on him.
It’s not clear why the incident occurred but he was able to get back to his feet and was eventually escorted off the court.
Tennis journalist Jose Morgado first reported the incident on Twitter, expressing concern.
“Terrible situation on Court 16, as a young ball kid collapsed,” Morgado wrote.
“Players looked very concerned but all the staff were quick to help.
“Hoping it’s all good.”
The temperature was 22C at the time of the incident however warmer weather is expected in the coming days with the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday set to top 31C.
The change in date to the Australian Open has forced children to undertake their duties this year during the school year, unlike previous tournaments where they would take to the court during the school holidays.