Controversy in Olympic tennis due to suffocating heat: A tennis player took back the wheelchairs from the court.
Spain's Paula Badosa was forced to quit late in the first set and said goodbye to the possibility of fighting for a medal. The Russian Medvedev and the Argentine Schwartzman criticized the conditions in which they had to play.
Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa has said goodbye to the Olympic dream after having to retire this Wednesday after suffering a heat stroke in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Games, where she was one victory away from fighting for a medal in the women's team.
For several minutes, the medical services of the Olympic tournament were treating the 23-year-old, applying ice and cold air. Still, Badosa did not recover and could not return to the track.
The Catalan, of American origin, was signing an excellent tournament with high-level tennis, but these "physical problems," as indicated by the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE), have removed her from the Olympic podium when she could barely play the first set against Czech Markéta Vondrousová and had lost it 6-3.
Badosa had to leave the track in a wheelchair covering his head to protect himself from the sun with a towel. Two hours after her disqualification, the Spanish tennis player also confirmed her retirement in the mixed doubles, where she would participate with Pablo Carreño.
"The withdrawal of Paula Badosa in the individual table also implies that she does not participate in the mixed with Pablo Carreño. Therefore, we will not have tennis players in this discipline," reported the COE, who sent" a lot of encouragement "to the player born in Manhattan.
From the first day of the competition, several tennis players were in charge of denouncing the weather conditions in which they had to play, with temperatures exceeding 30ºC and high humidity in the afternoon in Tokyo.
Badosa's case was not the only one that resonated in Japan. After the current world number 2, Daniil Medvedev complained of suffering the same conditions due to the suffocating heat and humidity when the referee asked him if he could continue playing. "I can finish the game, but I can die," Medvedev replied. "If I die, are you going to be responsible?"
After the match, the second seed who plays under the name of the Russian Olympic Committee confessed that he felt "darkness" in his eyes. "I didn't know what to do to feel better," he added. "I was ready to collapse on the track."
Either way, Medvedev managed a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini of Italy to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament.
After 10 or 12 balls, both of us, who looked like 'The Walking Dead', lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 to Karen Khachanov in the third round in the popular television series Argentina. He also cited Diego Schwartzman as an example. .
It is clear that they have a lot to correct; the organization did not do well at all," added the Peque, and sentenced: "That three people in air conditioning decide that we play with 40 degrees every day is crazy."
Finally, given the wave of episodes experienced by athletes, the ITF released an official statement in which it announced that the matches would be played after three in the afternoon starting on Thursday, July 29:
Following the players' health and well-being interests and extensive consultation, the ITF has announced a one-time change due to the currently rising heat and humidity in Tokyo, Japan. As a result, matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event will begin on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 3 p.m., the federation explained in an official statement.
He explained that the decision to start the game at 3 pm on Thursday was possible due to the results of today's five-match series.
This determination was made after various consultations between the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 organization, the Olympic Relay Service, the players, and medical experts, among other stakeholders.