The tennis event at the Olympic Games is one of the sport's most coveted titles. They aptly called it 'the golden shot' The event has always been fascinating and has brought to light some unexpected champions over the years.
This year's event has not been a disappointment. The event has been packed with action, unexpected losses and crash starts. It has also caused a lot of raised eyebrows, especially from tennis athletes. It is currently summer in Japan and temperatures peak at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and around 68% humidity.
Athletes are not used to these unfavorable weather conditions. On the first day of the archery qualifying round, a Russian archer fainted because the heat became too much for her. Similar situations have also occurred on the tennis court where athletes would feel weak and dehydrated.
ITF have caved in to player pressure and changed the #tennis schedule at # Tokyo2020 'in the interests of player health and welfare' Daniil Medvedev was one of the first athletes to speak publicly about the unfavorable conditions.
He told reporters that he would suffer a heat stroke or that he would start to feel tight. Novak Djokovic was another athlete who spoke out against unfavorable conditions. Things got worse when the athletes began to pass out and withdraw due to the heat.
The Spanish Paula Badosa began to lose consciousness and was forced to withdraw from the game.
Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev
Novak Djokovic cruised past home favorite Kei Nishikori on Thursday to book his spot in the semifinals of the men's singles event at the Tokyo Olympics.
The World No. 1 wasted no time in completing a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Japanese. Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said he was extremely happy with the level of play he showcased against Nishikori. "Matches are not getting easier, but my level of tennis is getting better and better," Djokovic told ITF Tennis.
"I've done that many, many times in my career: I know that I'm kind of player that the further the tournament goes, the better I'm feeling on the court. That's the case here: my best performance of the tournament tonight against a very good opponent.
Kei, I know his game very well. Him playing in Japan, this court where he had lots of success, I knew that he's going to play very quick and he's not gonna give me a lot of time so I had to be very alert. And I feel I had an answer for everything he had," Djokovic said. Djokovic will take on fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals on Friday.