Novak Djokovic match suspended twice as two Wimbledon fans need medical assistance | Tennis | sport


Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon opener against Soonwoo Kwon was twice briefly interrupted after two supporters needed medical treatment on center court. The roof was closed on the main court at Wimbledon as Djokovic began his title defense.

Rain had caused delays on the outside courts earlier in the day, with the roof closed on both Center Court and Court 1. An upset appeared to be on the cards in the opening rallies as Kwon ran to a 3-1 lead.

But Djokovic quickly found his groove on the court which he won six times, winning five games in a row to claim the opening set. Kwon had recovered to hold serve early in the second set, but murmurs in the crowd began to draw attention.

Medical staff were on the scene opposite the royal box where an elderly lady needed treatment. Play was stopped on the pitch with Djokovic and Kwon taking their places.

She appeared conscious as other paramedics arrived on the scene and she spoke to those around her. Play was only briefly stopped before the lady was taken away on a wheelchair.

And there was a second medical emergency towards the end of the second set. The crowd in front of the referee tried to get his attention by waving their arms as Kwon served.

At the next point, loud cries were given for the game to be stopped as paramedics rushed to attend to the woman. She was quickly able to get up, but tripped when she was helped out of the stands.


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