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Daniil Medvedev beats heat extremes to reach quarter-finals as Olympic organizers shift schedule to avoid heat

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Daniil Medvedev presents the Russian Olympic Committee to Quarter-finals at the Olympic men’s singles tennis tournament on Wednesday, but the biggest competition he can beat is the scorching heat at Ariake Tennis Park.

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Medvedev battled in his third-round match against Italian Fabio Fognini, settling between each point as temperatures soared to 88 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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At some point during the match, the head of the court asked if Medvedev would be competent to persevere.

Medvedev replied: “I can finish the match, but I can expire.” “If I expire, will you be responsible?”

Daniil Medvedev, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is looked following during his third round men's tennis match against Italy's Fabio Fognini, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.  (AP Photo/Patrick Simansky)

Daniil Medvedev, of the Russian Olympic Committee, is looked following during his third round men’s tennis match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Patrick Simansky)

After a medical respite and one visit from the coach, Medvedev finished the match with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 triumph over Fognini.

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Other players complained to the organizers of the intolerable conditions. Spain’s Paula Padusa was forced to retire from her quarter-final match against Marketa Vondrousova due to heat stroke and was eventually moved to a wheelchair.

Paula Padusa, Spain, is helped off the court in a wheelchair following withdrawing due to illness during the quarter-finals of the tennis competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.  (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

Paula Padusa, Spain, is helped off the court in a wheelchair following withdrawing due to illness during the quarter-finals of the tennis tournament at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

“Conditions are tough,” said Novak Djokovic. “I’ve been playing tennis professionally for 20 years now and I’ve never had this considerate of situation in my entire life on a day-to-day basis.”

In response to the growing criticism and concern for the players’ health, the International Tennis Federation announced Wednesday that the upcoming matches will be played later in the day to avoid the heat.

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“In the interest of the player’s health and well-being, and following extensive consultations, the ITF has announced that the schedule has been changed due to the increased heat and humidity experienced in Tokyo, Japan,” statment read.

Japan is known for having some of the hottest temperatures in the months yJuly August. Daytime highs regularly reach 95 degrees but have exceeded 104 degrees in some places in recent years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Referensi: www.foxnews.com

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