Jack Sock Cramps Up, Passes Out At U.S. Open
I don't envy someone who has to participate in a midday tennis match in New York in early September. It's hot and muggy and tennis, in case you've never tried it, is played in what amounts to a convection oven. American Jack Sock's body simply couldn't handle the 95-degree heat, cramping up in the fourth set of his second-round match against Ruben Bemelmans and dropping to the ground.
Sock had to forfeit his only match at last year's U.S. Open for similar reasons.
Via The New York Times...
On the scoreboard, Jack Sock appeared comfortably in control. But after losing the third set to Ruben Bemelmans, Sock asked for a doctor and took some pills, worried that he might soon start cramping.
Sock was able to play the next two games without an apparent issue, but down a break point in his subsequent service game, he stalled and hunched over, unable to continue playing. He was assessed a point penalty for a time violation, which brought the match to its next changeover.
But Sock could hardly move from his spot. When the trainer went out to see him and started piling ice bags on his body, Sock drooped to the court, appearing to faint.The match was then stopped. Bemelmans crossed the net and attempted to shake Sock’s hand, but Sock could not reciprocate the gesture. He regained consciousness and was able to walk off the court, helped on each side.
Heartbreaking footage, below...
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