Video: American Tennis Star Tommy Paul’s Heartwarming Gesture to a Struggling Ball Kid at the Beijing Open Wins Over the Fans

Published 09/29/2023, 1:45 AM EDT

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In the midst of an intense tennis match at the Beijing Open between Daniil Medvedev and Tommy Paul, an unexpected and heartwarming incident unfolded. While spectators eagerly watched these tennis stars compete fiercely, what truly stole the spotlight wasn’t just the game itself. It was an act of kindness that went beyond the world of sports.

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This act was captured on video and shows Paul taking time out of his match to help out a struggling ball girl. The act got recognition not only from the commentator but also from tennis fans all over.

Act of kindness amidst a high-stakes match between Daniil Medvedev and Tommy Paul

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As the match between Medvedev and Paul unfolded, it was evident that the stakes were high. Medvedev, the second-seeded player, and Paul, ranked 13th in the world, faced off in a challenging opening match. The anticipation in the air was electric, but amidst this fierce contest, a heartwarming moment unfolded that went beyond the boundaries of the sport itself.

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In the early stages, a tennis ball got stuck under a banner on the court after Medvedev missed his serve. The ball kid assigned to retrieve the ball found herself in a tricky situation. She couldn’t get the ball out, and it was clear she needed help.

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Tommy Paul didn’t waste a moment. He quickly bent down and got the ball from under the timer before handing it over to her.

While Daniil Medvedev went on to win the match, Tommy Paul’s small act of kindness made him a favorite almost instantly. A few fans couldn’t help but chime in on the action on X (formerly Twitter).

Fans on Tommy Paul’s act of kindness towards the ball kid

This act of kindness by Tommy Paul wasn’t overlooked by the fans even for a second. They didn’t spare any time chiming in with their praise for the American player.

A fan called Tommy Paul a legend for this act.

Another fan couldn’t help but point out how it’s the little things that make an athlete a true sports person.

Another fan shared their awe for Paul and called him a gentleman.

Another fan called this random act of kindness cute.

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In the end, Medvedev won the match, making things harder for Paul. But what people will remember most from this day was not just the score but the kindness and sportsmanship shown by Tommy Paul.

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What do you think about Paul’s small act of kindness?

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Ansh Tandon

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Ansh Tandon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Ansh received his undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has been working in content creation for 2+ years. Before Ansh stepped into sports journalism, he was a professional tennis player, honing his skills in national level tournaments for the past 12 years as an active AITA athlete.
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Donna Eva

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