Jannik Sinner leaves Wimbledon court after doctor checked heart rate | Tennis | Sport

Jannik Sinner called for a medical assessment and left the court during his Wimbledon clash with Daniil Medvedev after his heart rate was checked by the SW19 doctor.

The Italian was down 2-1 in the third set and had just been broken, having shared the first two, but the Australian Open champion was visibly struggling with his mobility before he headed to the sidelines and called for the physio.

However, those on Centre Court were perplexed when Sinner was not getting any particular body part worked on by the physio, but had his head in his hands and was seemingly feeling unwell before they were joined by a doctor.

BBC commentator Simon Reed asked the question of whether Sinner was preparing to leave the court, to which his colleague John Lloyd replied: “That’s strange if it’s not a – I hope he isn’t ill ill where he has to. Because that’s, there’s no stretching or any muscle pull or anything like that.”

The doctor arrived at the scene after the physio and soon began measuring Sinner’s heart rate, who left the court only to return after a lengthy 11-minute delay.

Medvedev looked surprised as he took the court to stay warm while his opponent was being checked medically, asking the physio why there was such a lengthy delay, but Sinner sprinted back onto court in an encouraging sign.

Sinner’s scare came just a day after he watched his girlfriend Anna Kalinskaya retire from the same main stage through injury, after she picked up a wrist injury in her clash with 2022 champion Elena Rybakina.

On his return to play, the world No.1 traded serves with Medvedev and could be seen taking a bite of food that was packed into his bag, but appeared in better spirits than when the doctor was first required.

Sinner is considered one of the favourites to win the tournament, having reached the semi-final last year, where he could meet third seed Carlos Alcaraz 12 months later should the two stars of the next generation both progress.

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