While looking at some photos from the match which saw her take home the trophy, one in particular caught Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka’s eye.
“Was looking at pics from AO and I just noticed the ball girl in this,” Osaka tweeted along with some loving emojis.
Was looking at pics from AO and I just noticed the ballgirl in this 👋🏾🥺❤️ hi pic.twitter.com/7SHNKQdKqg
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) February 25, 2021
It wasn’t long before Marle van der Merwe, 16, got a text from her mum while at school.
The ball girl told the Herald Sun that “no other player ever does that”, describing the gesture as “special”.
The pic has been retweeted 4500 times.