Early in the second set of Burrage’s match against Lesya Tsurenko, one of the game’s ballboys on Court 18 appeared to be battling an illness.
“He just said he felt really bad. In fact, he couldn’t speak. It was very unpleasant to see,” Burrage told reporters afterwards.
While the youngster sat on the court under the watchful eye of the match referee, the fifth Briton rushed to the refrigerator to bring him some water and one of her energy gels.
The 23-year-old was even offered a pack of Percy Pigs – a brand of British gummy candy – from the crowd to give the boy with the ball while he sits.
“Just tried to get him sugar, gave him Gatorade and gel. Gel is not the most pleasant thing, so they managed to find somewhere along the line in the crowd of Percy Pigs candy, which he took off and then began to feel better.
Burrage spent several minutes with the youth as he sat before medical assistance arrived and helped get him off the court.
“He wasn’t in the best position and I was just trying to help as much as I could,” she said. “I actually had a panic attack once as a junior so I was where he is now. I know a little how he felt.”
Ukrainian Tsurenko ended up beating Burrage 6-2 6-3 in their clash in the first round.