'Oh my god': Tennis world rocked by frightening ballboy incident

Tennis fans and pundits got an almighty fright on Wednesday when a ballboy at the Halle Open suffered a nasty injury.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert was taking on Sergiy Stakhovsky in Germany when the young boy slipped on the grass while retrieving a ball.

The boy appeared to twist his ankle and knee and stayed down on the ground for several minutes.

The ballboy went down injured. Image: Tennis TV

Officials were forced to take the boy from the court in a wheelchair, the young man unable to walk.

Both players showed their concern and checked on his welfare, with Herbert offering the youngster his headband as a memento.

Luckily for the boy he appeared to escape serious injury and got to meet Herbert and the event mascot after the match.

While not as bad as it first looked, the nasty scenes shocked a number of tennis journos and fans.

Herbert went on to win the match 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.