The Italian veteran was looking at a double-bagel in her first round tie after being given the run around by the defending champion when she embraced the startled youngster.

A resigned Schiavone hugs the ballboy

“I don’t need a hug in that moment. I needed a game, points,” said the 33-year-old former French Open champion. “I went to the ballboy to say, ‘Well, that’s tough.’ It was just a joke.