American tennis player Christina McHale was caught spewing her guts onto the court at the Australian Open multiple times during her match Monday but still managed to win her first round match.
Video of the 22-year-old from Teaneck, New Jersey bending over and throwing up multiple times, which ESPN replayed in slow motion, is being viewed by many online. But the tennis star did have a sense of humor about it after the gutsy match ended.
“That was one of the craziest matches of my life… Sorry for the overshare! Thanks for your amazing support, so happy 🙂 #ausopen15” she posted on Instagram.
McHale, who is ranked 54th by the WTA, rallied back from the incident and defeated Stephanie Foretz, of France, 6-4, 1-6, 12-10.]
There was lots of barfing at the Australian Open yesterday but it wasn’t food – the temperature reached 42C. It doesn’t even get that hot in Brisbane, the Tampa of Australia. But other parts of the country are prone to huge temperature fluctuations.
Andy Murray has warned the Australian Open it risks damaging the reputation of tennis after players were forced to play in searing heat in Melbourne.
Canadian player Frank Dancevic and a ball boy both collapsed on court while China’s Peng Shuai vomited then suffered cramps during her defeat as temperatures soared above 40C.
Czech veteran Radek Stepanek also retired with heat exhaustion against Slovenian Blaz Kavcic.
Reuters reports that Novak Djokovic was lamenting a case of gastroenteritis after he lost his Australian Open quarter-final to France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Serb had just won the third set to take a 2-1 lead and Tsonga looked deflated before Djokovic left Rod Laver Arena after he told chair umpire John Blom he needed to vomit.
While he managed to return, his game melted away and Tsonga ran out a 7-6, 6-7, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victor to set up a semi-final against Roger Federer, after the Swiss came from a set down to defeat Russian Nikolay Davydenko in four sets.
"I don’t want to find excuses for my loss, but, you know, I went to vomit and I had diarrhoea before the match. After two games (of the fourth set) I had to go to the toilet. I couldn’t hold on. There was no way, otherwise I would throw up on the court… just a terrible feeling."
Djokovic said he was unsure as to what had caused the sickness, as he had not eaten anything out of the ordinary.
The victorious Tsonga said Djokovic’s illness was just part of the game.
"Sometimes it happens. … He had problems with his stomach… bad luck for him and good for luck for me."
I always have something on the television as background while working on my laptop. And at this time of year, the Australian Open brings a reminder of the warmth that may some day return to the Northern Hemisphere.
When the announcer said, “This is painful to watch,” I immediately looked at the television. There was teenage tennis sensation Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, wobbling, though leading in her match against Serena Williams.
Azarenka had been vomiting all morning, because of a virus, and she did not feel much better when she got to the court. … She ended up retiring through illness and shuffled off the Rod Laver Arena with an assistant supporting her on either arm (right, photo by EPA). …
At one stage, it seemed as though she was going to be sick into her cupped hands, and she repeatedly sought out the shaded areas in the stadium between points. She also looked off-balance and almost unable to grip the handle of her racket. She had little choice but to quit against the American.
No word on the type or source of what was thought to be a viral infection.