ITF changes Olympic tennis calendar “in the interests of players’ health”
ITF changes Olympic tennis calendar “in the interest of the health and well-being of the players”
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced a change to the Tokyo Olympic tennis schedule “due to increased heat and humidity.”
Matches will now begin at 3 p.m. local time (JST) starting Thursday, July 29, instead of 11 a.m. that was in effect on the five days of the event so far.
Paula Badosa was forced to withdraw from her quarter-final match against Marketa Vondrousova today due to heatstroke and had to leave the pitch in a wheelchair.
In the interest of the health and well-being of the players and after careful consultation, matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis event will begin at 3 p.m. JST from Thursday, July 29.# Tokyo2020 #tennis pic.twitter.com/skqh9ALRIV
– ITF Media (@ITFMedia) July 28, 2021
Several players, including Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Diego Schwartzman and Fabio Fognini, have questioned the playing schedule due to the midday conditions.
“The decision to start matches at 3 p.m. JST from Thursday is possible due to the results of today’s matches in the five competitions held and the size of the squad of players, and is designed to further protect health. players, “the ITF said in a statement. .