Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa suffered sunstroke and left the court in a wheelchair.
Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa had to withdraw from the Olympic Games women’s quarterfinals Wednesday against Czech Marketa Vondrousova due to heat stroke.
Badosa lost the first set 6-3 and required a medical time-out on court 4 before the start of the second set.
After a long attention span, the Spaniards were unable to continue and announced his withdrawal from the match before leaving the field in a wheelchair.
“As you all can see, I had a heat stroke and I don’t feel fit to continue competing in the game,” Badosa said in comments posted on the Tokyo 2020 site.
“Combined with the pressure of competition, how special these days are, these are the things that happen in sports and I had to cross that terrain today.
“It was embarrassing to end my participation like this. Conditions were tough from day one, we tried to adapt as best we could, but today the bodywork did not resist as much as it should,” Badosa added.
Having previously defeated Naomi Osaka, Marketa Vondrousova advanced to the women’s semi-finals where she will face Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.
Later, 23-year-old Badosa retired from his mixed doubles match with compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta.
The Spaniards would face Polish duo Iga Swiatek and Lukasz Kubot in the first round on Wednesday.
Badosa and Carreño Busta were drawn by France’s Fiona Ferro and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who lost 6-3 7-6 to the Polish duo.
“I’m leaving with pride in having given absolutely everything for my country, representing it in the most professional way I could,” said Badosa.
“I will focus on healing, being well, and giving myself. It’s an opportunity to come back to an event like this,” he added.
His retirement came after both Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev publicly criticized the Tokyo 2020 match schedule.
Both players said it would be preferable to start matches in the evening when conditions calm down.
In his one-on-one match against Fabio Fognini, Medvedev told the referee: “I’m a fighter, I’ll finish the game but I might die. If I die, will the ITF take responsibility (sic)?”