After protest from players: tennis matches start later due to heat and high humidity

Na protest van spelers: tenniswedstrijden starten later als gevolg van hitte en hoge vochtigheidsgraad

From Thursday, the first games at the Olympic tennis tournament in the Japanese capital Tokyo will no longer start at 11 a.m. local time, but at 3 p.m., the International Tennis Federation ITF confirmed on Wednesday.

The decision was made after multiple complaints from players about the heat and humidity during match hours at Ariake Tennis Park. The heat struck mercilessly, especially on Wednesday. Spain’s Badosa had to leave the courts in a wheelchair after giving up in her quarterfinal against Marketa Vondrousova. The Russian Daniil Medvedev, number two in the world, complained of breathing problems.

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