Competing for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) group, world No. 2 Medvedev seemed to be struggling throughout his third spherical males’s singles match in opposition to Fabio Fognini of Italy.
Chair umpire Carlos Ramos requested Medvedev if he might proceed taking part in, and the participant responded: “I’m a fighter, I will finish the match, but I can die,” he stated. “If I die, is the ITF (International Tennis Federation) going to take (sic) responsible?”
NCS has contacted the ITF for remark.
Later Wednesday, Spain’s Paula Badosa left the court docket in a wheelchair after being compelled to retire from her ladies’s singles quarter-final match in opposition to the Czech Marketa Vondrousova on account of heatstroke.
Badosa misplaced the primary set 6-3 earlier than requiring a medical timeout forward of the beginning of the second set.
After prolonged remedy, Badosa was unable to proceed and retired from the match.
“I have suffered a heat stroke as you all have seen, and I did not feel fit to continue competing in the match,” Badosa stated in feedback posted by Tokyo 2020.
“It was a shame to end my participation this way. The conditions have been demanding from day one, we tried to adapt as best as possible, but today the body has not resisted as needed.”
After the match, Vondrousova revealed she is taking particular measures to cope with the situations.
“In the match, I use the ice towels and also use the air tube… it’s very nice,” she stated. “I also have some gels.”
Tokyo temperatures reached the higher 80s Fahrenheit on Wednesday.
“The risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke remains,” based on NCS’s climate group, which added that the excessive humidity “makes it very difficult for the body to cool itself naturally.”
25-year-old Medvedev additionally addressed the situations after the match, which he gained 1-6 6-1 6-3.
“Even from the first set, I didn’t feel good enough with my breathing. That’s why I called the physio. I felt like my diaphragm had blocked. I couldn’t breathe properly. I think it was the most humid day we have had so far,” he stated in feedback posted by Tokyo 2020.
“Then, on the second set, I just had darkness in my eyes, like between every point I didn’t know what to do to feel better. I was bending over, and I couldn’t get my breathing together. I was ready to just fall down on the court.”
Fognini agreed that the situations have been “really tough” in a post-match interview. “It’s hard to play at 11 a.m. with this humidity,” he stated.
Medvedev stated he had taken a freezing chilly bathe throughout a break following the primary set, which made him really feel higher.
Asked whether or not he thought the roof of the sector needs to be closed to enhance situations, Medvedev stated which may make issues worse, as a substitute suggesting matches ought to begin later in the day.
On Saturday, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic described situations as “brutal” following his first-round win and stated he agreed with Medvedev’s name on the weekend to maneuver matches to later in the day.
Nonetheless, different gamers have stated they don’t seem to be feeling any opposed results from the situations.
“We’re Aussies, we’re alright,” stated Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
Late Wednesday, the ITF did announce schedule adjustments, with matches to start at 3 p.m. native time from Thursday.
The determination was made “in the interests of player health and welfare” and following “extensive consultation” with gamers, referees, medical specialists and different key stakeholders, amongst others, the ITF stated in an announcement.
The ITF reiterated that gamers might request 10-minute breaks throughout play ought to temperatures exceed 30.1°C (86 Fahrenheit).
Mark Adams, spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), stated a “whole range of measures are being taken” to cope with the heat.
Adams cited the choice to maneuver the marathon and race stroll to the town of Sapporo, 400 miles north of Tokyo, and transferring occasions such because the 5,000 meter athletics to later in the day.
Adams stated tennis judges have been sporting “cooling underbody armor that cools them down” and there are a number of “ingenious solutions” which might be permitting occasions to go forward.
“I think so far it’s been a few small minor issues, but so far things seem to be going very well indeed,” Adams stated.
When Tokyo final hosted the Olympics in 1964, it did so in the cooler month of October. But broadcasting calls for now stipulate that the Games are held in July or August, based on Reuters — a extra favorable slot for TV networks.
NCS’s Jillian Martin, Bex Wright and Aleks Klosok contributed to this report.