Heat not to do on Olympic tennis court: ‘If I continue here, I will die’

The weather conditions in Tokyo are seriously affecting the tennis players at the Olympics. Paula Badosa is removed in a wheelchair, Novak Djokovic complains and Daniil Medvedev leaves nothing to be desired with his words.

Medvedev, number 2 in the world, had a hard time in his match in the 3rd round against the Italian Fabio Fognini. The Russian struggled with temperatures above 30 degrees and high humidity.

When umpire Carlos Ramos asked in the second set if it was okay and if Medvedev could continue, the Russian replied: “I can finish the game, but then I can die. If I die, who is responsible?” Medvedev played on, did not die and eventually won his match in 3 sets: 6-2 3-6 6-2.

After his match in the 1st round, Medvedev already said: “I think it is better to play the matches in the evening. Then the heat is less.”

Djokovic doesn’t get it
World number 1 Djokovic endorsed that idea: “I don’t understand why we don’t start a little later. That would make our lives a lot easier. You now feel extra weight on your shoulders, you feel that you have heavy legs. Not the 1st time we’ve played in tough conditions, but I’ve talked to a few other players and they all say it’s toughest here.”

Argentinian Diego Schwartzman lost 1-6 6-2 1-6 to Karen Khachanov and he too was clear in his comment: “It is inexplicable that they let us play in 40 degrees in the middle of the day. I leave here with the fury in my body.”

Badosa couldn’t take it anymore
Paula Badosa gave up in her match against Marketa Vondrousova after 1 lost set, because the circumstances became too much for her. With a towel over her head, she was wheeled off the field in a wheelchair.

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