Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2024
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Wimbledon match halted due to medical emergency as players forced to stop play | Tennis | Sport


Taylor Fritz’s quarter-final clash against Lorenzo Musetti at Wimbledon was temporarily halted due to a medical emergency in the crowd.

Reacting to the incident live on air, BBC commentator Nick Mullins said: “I think we might have a lady who is not feeling too well and she will need to be tended to understandably first.”

“The medics have come out, she looked in some distress half a minute or so ago.”

A delay of around four minutes ensued, with the crowd offering the person in question a warm round of applause when they returned to their feet.

Mullins continued: “The applause is for the lady and we hope she is back with us soon enough, but she’s back on her feet and is being led away by the medics to have a nice cold glass of water and a sit down in the shade.”

Despite the soggy conditions in recent days, the sun was shining in south London, with temperatures well into their 20s.

Things were heating up on the court prior to the short break in play too, with Fritz waltzing to a 36-minute opening set win.

The American took the opener against his Italian opponent 6-3, before the start of the second set was delayed because of the medical emergency.

The winner of the Fritz vs Musetti clash will take on Novak Djokovic in tomorrow’s semi-final, with the Serbian progressing to the last four by virtue of a walkover.

Djokovic was due to take on Alex de Minaur in the quarter-final on Centre Court, but the Australian No.1 pulled out on Wednesday afternoon because of a hip injury.

It came after an explosive interview with the BBC on Monday, which saw the 24-time Grand Slam champion storm out after being frustrated with relentless questions about his spat with the crowd.

But despite his antics, Djokovic has found an unlikely ally in Piers Morgan, who posted his support for the Serb on X.

He commented: “Djokovic is being a monumental d*ck at Wimbledon this year, and I’m all here for it. He deserves way more respect than he gets, from fans & media, and he’s obviously bored with pretending he’s OK with it.

“Let’s do an interview, @DjokerNole – I won’t treat you like this.”

The walkover is an unexpected boost for Djokovic, who is looking to reclaim his Wimbledon crown, having lost against Carlos Alcaraz in last year’s final.

And if things go to plan, the pair could be set for a repeat of the 2023 final, with Alcaraz taking on Daniil Medvedev in Friday’s other semi-final.



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