World No.2 Daniil Medvedev was clearly struggling to get through the first set against Fabio Fognini when the match referee asked him if he would be okay with ending the game.
“What can I do? I’m a fighter, I can finish the match, but I can die”, Medvedev said. âIf I die, will the ITF [take responsibility]? “
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) responded on Wednesday by announcing that tennis matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would begin later today. The ITF said the move was “designed to further protect the health of players” due to the extreme heat and humidity in Tokyo.
On the women’s side, Spain’s Paula Badosa couldn’t finish her match against Marketa Vondrousova, who knocked out Naomi Osaka in the third round, and was taken out of the field. in a wheelchair.
The Tokyo heat was a concern leading up to the Olympics and didn’t just affect tennis players. Organizers moved the marathon and walking events to Sapporo ahead of the Games, and a Russian Olympic Committee archer passed out in the heat after the qualifying competition earlier this week.
Medvedev tweeted a hilarious update after his match:
He, along with other tennis players still in contention for a gold medal, will likely be relieved by the ITF’s decision.
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