Alexander Bublik has produced a beautiful display of compassion after hitting a ballgirl with a serve at the Hamburg Open.
Bublik was in action against Albert Ramos Vinolas on Tuesday when the scary moment occurred.
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With match point in a second-set tiebreaker, Bublik hit a booming first serve down the middle that struck the young girl.
After realising she was in some distress, the Kazakh player rushed around to the other side of the court to check on her.
The young girl appeared to be in tears as she clutched at her arm.
Bublik went over and comforted the girl, asking if she was alright before gifting her a tennis ball.
The 23-year-old also gave the girl a little fist-bump to apologise.
Sweet and sincere❣️— E.Brooks (@BeeLime23) September 22, 2020
Awww sweet ☺️ Hope the cute ball girl is ok. Seen her in some matches and she’s really doing her job well and trying to get the ball as fast as she can. 👍🏻 well done kid 😊— Em Candido (@lockeyem) September 22, 2020
Why is the ball girl so young? Come on!!!!— Kimeshin chetty (@chetty01) September 22, 2020
Bublik won 6-2, 7-6(5) to set up a second-round showdown with Felix Auger Aliassime, who beat Lorenzo Sonego of Italy 6-2 7-6(2).
Medvedev and Monfils crash out of Hamburg Open
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev lost his first match since reaching the US Open semi-finals as he was beaten 6-4 6-3 by unseeded French player Ugo Humbert.
The top-seeded Medvedev was a break up at 4-3 in the first set but was broken twice in a row by Humbert, who is ranked 36 places below the Russian at 41st.
This was Medvedev's only clay-court warm-up ahead of the French Open.
He hadn't played on clay for 16 months since a first-round defeat at last year's French Open and played only at hard-court tournaments in the last 14 months.
Humbert next faces qualifier Jiri Vesely.
Third-seeded Gael Monfils was another early casualty, losing 6-4 6-3 to 103rd-ranked Yannick Hanfmann.
Hanfmann needed just 1 hour, 13 minutes to wrap up the win and the German will next face Cristian Garin, who swept past Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-3.
Garin is bidding to win his third trophy on clay this year.
Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut won 6-4 6-3 against two-time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili to set up a second-round meeting with Dominik Koepfer.
The 32-year-old Bautista Agut, who became a father for the first time last week, triumphed in 1 hour, 25 minutes.
The Spaniard next faces Koepfer for a place in the quarter-finals after the German defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 6-1.
Fabio Fognini built up momentum after a slow start to oust Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-1 7-5.
The sixth-seeded Italian will play either Casper Ruud or Benoit Paire in the second round.