Watch: Ball boy passes out during Venus Williams match

Tuesday May 10th, 2016

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A ball boy passed out during Venus Williams’s opening-round match against Coco Vandeweghe at the Italian Open on Monday.

With Vandeweghe serving in just the second game of the match, the ball boy fell on his face after he appeared to overheat in the near 86-degree weather. He was subsequently carried off the court by officials.

“Well the heat unfortunately already claiming its first casualty, that young man just being temporarily overcome,” the commentator said. “It looks as if his day’s work is well and truly done.”

Williams eventually defeated Vandeweghe 6–4, 6–3 to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Watch the incident below.


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Scorching temperatures are expected for the remainder of the tournament.

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