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In just the second game of the first round match between Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe at the Italian Open, a ball boy, suffering from heat exhaustion, passed out on the court and fell face-first before being taken to a shaded area to recover. It was a scary few seconds before it was clear that he would be up and on his feet shortly.
Said a broadcaster, “Well the heat unfortunately already claiming its first casualty, that young man just being temporarily overcome. It looks as if his day’s work is well and truly done.”
Venus easily handled her opponent, and it’s thought that the ball boy will be back in a couple days for future rounds. Good luck to him. Here’s to hoping he keeps cool.