Wimbledon 2015: Ball boy collapses in the heat on Court 17

The boy received medical attention and organisers say he is feeling much better

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There was worry at Wimbledon today after a ball boy collapsed in the heat on Court 17.

He was taken away on a stretcher. Wimbledon's official Twitter account have since tweeted that the boy has been treated and is feeling much better.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C today at SW19 during the hottest day of the year.

Meanwhile, soaring temperatures have forced Wimbledon organisers to reduce the number of spectators allowed into the grounds to attend this year’s Championships, as fans struggled to cope with the heat.


The decision was taken after almost 100 tennis fans required medical attention on the first day of the tournament, with around a third reporting feeling faint in the sun. Two people had to be taken to hospital after seeing first aiders.


The boy is taken away from Court 17 on a stretcher

Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, said the organisers of the Championships were trying to “help where we can” by reducing the number of spectators during the hottest parts of the day so more shade was available.

“One of the things we’re doing with the heat predicted for the next few days is slightly reducing the initial capacity, just to see how it goes, just to see if people are getting the shade and all the water and there are no unforeseen problems,” he said.