Ballkids at tennis matches are often called upon to perform the most inane tasks. They get the towels for players, dry the courts and of course deliver them balls to serve with.
But from time to time they make highlight reels.
In the past that’s included getting hit by balls moving at a fast pace, fainting on the court or even having a hit with the tennis stars themselves.
And sometimes they remove insects from the court — as this one was going to do for German veteran Sabine Lisicki in her Thailand Open match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
As it turns out, though, this kid had different plans to what Lisicki was thinking.
The ballgirl runs in, seemingly to help Lisicki remove the stricken insect from the playing surface before executing a stomp that WWE Royal Rumble winner Seth Rollins might be proud of.
And in the process they scared a shocked-looking Lisicki who turns away, horrified, before laughing it off.
Lisicki, a former Wimbledon finalist who is on the comeback trail, would go on to lose the match 6-3 6-4. Still, its better than how the insect fared given it lost its life.
The top-seeded Muguruza next plays another German, Mona Barthel.
DAVIS CUP SETS CULTURAL BLUEPRINT
The Davis Cup is the vehicle to drive Australia’s tennis culture on a road to success, Lleyton Hewitt says.
Hewitt will be a non-playing captain when Australia host Bosnia and Herzegovina in a cup tie in Adelaide from Friday.
And he believes the tie gives Australia a chance to lay down a cultural blueprint.
“The Davis Cup is a vehicle to be able to really push the culture that we want moving forward and set the standards not just for myself but what our team expects” Hewitt said.
“And that’s not just Davis Cup weeks. We expect these guys to go out and represent Australia every single week of the year exceptionally well and push each other to get better.
“To go out there and want to compete and want to lay it on the line week after week, it’s not an easy thing to do.”
Hewitt will captain an Australian team minus controversial duo Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.
And he said the team of Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson, John Peers and Alexei Popyrin had a chance to push each other to greater heights not just in Davis Cup but also the individual tour.
“Tennis is a very individual sport and Australia is one of the toughest countries to come from to be a tennis professional because you’re not fortunate to come back home (during the season), you’re out on the road for a lot of the weeks,” Hewitt said.
“So for these guys to gel together and help each other get better, I think that’s something that (Tony Roche) Rochey and I really want to see moving forward.
“It was a breakthrough summer for a log of these guys and it’s because they’re pushing each other, they’re wanting each other to get better day-in, day out.”