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Three players drop out of Australian Open with chest issues while Djokovic awaits his fate

Several fully vaccinated tennis players participating in the Australian Open qualifying rounds have complained about tiredness and breathing problems. 

Published: January 10, 2022, 7:58 am

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    The stakes are high for the organizers who have been keeping tennis star Novak Djokovic as a prisoner according to his parents. The player has won the tournament nine times, including the past three years and is currently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most major victories of all time, namely 20.

    Djokovic has been confined to a small room in a Melbourne hotel since the Australian authorities denied him entrance to the country, overriding his medical exemption. Australia has been living up to its history as a penitentiary with its farcical zero-Covid policy and skyrocketing number of infections.

    Djokovic’s visa was cancelled on arrival and 34-year-old Serb is now languishing in a Melbourne immigration detention facility in a bid to prevent his deportation.

    Three players drop out

    All the tennis players currently participating in the professional tennis tournament have been fully vaccinated. The world number 22 was however seen leaving the court and abandoning his match while clutching his chest with respiratory difficulties in an ATP match. Nikoloz Basilashvili told his team that “every shot I’m out of breath”.

    Colin Fleming, a commentator for Stan Sport, described Basilashvili’s symptoms as “very concerning” and added: “If you feel like you can’t take any kind of deep breath at this level and this intensity, that’s an issue.”

    Tennis website OpenCourt claimed Basilashvili “may have been recovering from Covid”, but this could not be verified. “[He] told the trainer he had Covid ’10 days ago’,” the outlet said on social media.

    His contender Stefanos Tsitsipas instead blamed the heat, not Covid, for Basilashvili dropping out in an interview with Tennis World USA: “Sometimes it’s a bit too hot. You could fry an egg on the court, but we are ready for difficult matches and also the excitement.” Clearly the heat had not bothered other players and some had even welcomed the weather conditions in Melbourne.

    Dalila Jakupovic, who was forced to retire from her match after having dropped to the ground, told news outlet The Western Australian: “I was really scared that I would collapse. That’s why I went onto the floor because I couldn’t walk anymore. I don’t have asthma and never had breathing problems. I actually like heat. The physio came again and I thought it would be better. But the points were a bit longer and I just couldn’t breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor.”

    Nick Kyrgios, the world’ number 93 player suffered breathing difficulties in the morning and pulled out of the match six hours before he was meant to play.

    Bernard Tomic also had to take medical time out after complaining of breathing difficulties during the early stages of the second set, but he managed to soldier on. “No air is going in. I’m getting tired so easy,” Tomic was heard telling medical staff. “Is anyone else complaining today?” he wanted to know. “No, it’s been okay,” said the medic.

    The panicked organizers of the Australian Open now blame the poor “air quality” which appears to be targeting only some players. Melbourne’s air quality is ranked as “good” by international standards.

    ‘Breathing difficulties’ plague the vaccinated

    There were no “air quality” issues for the soccer player from a Qatari club who collapsed during a game on Saturday as a result of a heart attack, according to his club. Footage from the match between Al Wakra and Al Rayyan clubs shows player Othman Coulibaly falling to the ground and starting to convulse. He previously played for Panathinaikos.

    The Qatar Stars League, Qatar’s national football league, said in a statement that Coulibaly has suffered a heart attack and is receiving medical care. The match was suspended and will resume at a later date.

    This is yet another example of a top athlete collapsing on the field. The 25-year-old Marcos Menaldo from Guatemala died a few days ago during training. The fully vaccinated player had complained of breathing problems.

    Security meanwhile found American comedy star Bob Saget’s lifeless body in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida. Saget had recently confirmed that he had been boosted.

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    • J Kelly

      No one has dropped out of the Australian Open. Lie harder.

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      • Bunga-Bunga

        Maybe you’re right. So, get your booster shots quickly.

      • Jack Leon

        Any refuting evidence?

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        What a racket: Soy boy, your boyfriend Barry is waiting to inject you, and Michael says stop babbling and bend over. Doos.

    • Chely Moore

      What three players dropped out though? It doesn’t say and the ones they talked about are currently playing.

      • Tatja

        Reading the article might help you find the names. 😆

        • Chely Moore

          The ones they listed are currently playing in the Australian Open though.

        • Chely Moore

          The 3 players they listed dropped out of other tourneys…. not the Open.

        • duckgoesmooo

          Might help you not be a retard. Those players are playing in the Open.

    • Bunga-Bunga

      We’ll blame it on the water and the buffet spread…..

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      Several tennis players had sex before marriage participating in the Australian Open qualifying rounds have complained about tiredness and hardness problems.

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      Best athlete in Canada just dropped out of World Cup Qualifiers, heart problems.

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      stunning yet denied by mainstream

    • Antileft

      What was the exact high temperature in Melbourne on that day?

    • Sam Dattola

      every player should walk out.

    • Steve Cook

      Dalila Jakupovic, collapsed in 2020 but the article acts as if it happened at the current tournament

    • Jordan Clekovic

      Fact Check:
      Nikoloz Basilashvili: Yes he left court for that match although he came back latter in the tournament.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Probable.
      Verdict: Accurate.

      Dalila Jakupovic: The incident referred to occurred on January 14th of 2020.
      Probability that her medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Impossible as no Covid 19 vaccine existed at that time. In fact a possible cause of her breathing difficulty was the poor air quality at the time possibly due to smoke from bushfires that were blazing at the time (mentioned dismissively in paragraph 11), made more likely as a cause die to the fact that Bernard Tomic had similar issues on the same day (covered below).
      Verdict: Outright false and misleading, possibly intentionally.

      Nick Kyrgios: Kyrgios did withdraw from a match shortly before it with breathing problems,which had arisen after several days of moderate unwellness, citing asthma as the cause.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Possible but somewhat unlikely as he himself cited asthma as the cause, but still possible.
      Verdict: True but potentially misleading, perhaps requiring some context.

      Bernard Tomic: The incident referred to occurred on January 14th of 2020.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Impossible as no Covid 19 vaccine existed at that time. As mentioned above, on that date the air quality was apparently quite low.
      Verdict: Outright false and misleading, possibly intentionally.

      Othman Coulibaly: He did indeed suffer a heart attack on the pitch during a game. He is 32 years old.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Probable.
      Verdict: Accurate.

      Marcos Menaldo: He did suffer an extreme health event in which breathing problems featured prominently during a training session. He died shortly after. He was 25.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Probable.
      Verdict: Accurate.

      Bob Saget: There is very little publicly available information that could definitively determine Bob Saget’s cause of death.
      Probability that his medical issue(s) were vaccine related: Possible but trending toward unlikely.
      Verdict: Misleading.

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