A tennis game in Spain could have ended in tragedy after a referee’s chair collapsed in the middle of the game and nearly crushed a ball girl who managed to dive to safety at the very last minute.
The shocking incident occurred on Thursday at the Gran Canaria Challenger in Las Palmas, where Serb Nikola Milojevic faced local hero Eduard Esteve Lobato in a round of 16.
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During the second set, when the referee left his seat to check a marker on the clay court, his chair was knocked over in a gust of wind and suddenly collapsed, almost hitting the ball girl standing next to it.
Fortunately, the boy reacted quickly and avoided the heavy structure that could have seriously injured her.
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Players and officials immediately rushed to help, and someone overheard him asking if she was okay after the scary episode.
The ball girl replied, “Yes, yes, yes” and said the chair almost hit her.
She was escorted by the court to undergo another medical examination to look for possible injuries she may have sustained.
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Lobato secured a confident victory over third seed Milojevic in straight sets 7-6 6-3.
In the quarter-finals, the Spaniard meets the Italian Giulio Zeppieri.