Tennis players Djokovic, Medvedev lead calls for delayed start due to heat

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev – the world’s top two men’s tennis players – led calls to Tokyo Olympic organisers on Saturday to move matches to the late afternoon for the rest of the competition to save players from the stifling conditions.

Temperatures hovered around 33 degrees Celsius (91.4°F) and the high humidity made it extremely tough on players, who failed to find much comfort from ice bags and a hose blowing cool air.

World No. 2 Medvedev suggested moving all matches to the evening and found support from Serbia’s top-ranked Djokovic.

“I agree with him 100%,” Djokovic said after finishing off his first-round match on the Centre Court of Ariake Tennis Park in an hour. “I actually asked as well. My team captain Viktor Troicki was speaking to the referee a couple of times.

“To be honest I don’t understand why they don’t start matches at say 3 pm. I heard for tennis there’s some kind of curfew for them to finish by midnight. If that’s the case I just finished the last match. It’s not even 5pm.

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Source: Reuters