Video: Ball girl interrupts play at Rio Paralympics

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A ball girl had a momentary lapse of concentration during the Men's wheelchair tennis doubles final between Great Britain and France on Thursday night.

With the match delicately poised at the start of the second set, a wonderful rally was brought to a halt by one of the ball girls, who attempted to pick up the ball despite it still being active and in play.

Unlike in the able bodied form of the sport, the ball is allowed to bounce twice in wheelchair tennis, something the unfortunate ball girl seemingly forgot in the midst of the action. 


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After a Great Britain drop shot bounced twice, one of the French duo managed to just about retrieve the ball and drop shot it back over the net.

The ball had bounced once, and then just bounced for a second time, before the ball girl stood in the way of the Team GB player, who was just about to return the shot.

Due to the ball girl getting in the way and interfering with the play, the point had to be played again, but her actions didn't go down well with the commentator, who couldn't believe what she had done. 

Despite the interference, the British pair of Reid and Hewett went on to win that game and the second set, but eventually fell 6-2 4-6 6-1 to the top seeded French duo of Houdet and Peifer in a gruelling match that lasted almost two hours on centre court in Rio. 

Watch the video of the ball girl interfering below.

45-year-old Houdet won his and his country's second wheelchair doubles gold medal following his triumph with Michael Jeremiasz in Beijing back in 2008. 

“Nico was very, very strong mentally. When we play for the flag, when we play World Team Cup and the Paralympics he is very strong and very focussed and he wanted that medal so much, that we could say he was experienced,” said Houdet.

“We were a little bit ginger after the singles yesterday so this one [gold] is so sweet.”

All is not lost, however, for the British duo as they come face to face with each other on Friday in the Men's singles final with both harbouring high hopes of claiming their first gold's of the games. 

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