Canadian Tennis Player Frank Dancevic Thought He Saw Snoopy Right Before Passing Out from the Heat at the Australian Open
How do you know if it’s too hot to be playing tennis? Well I’d say, if you start hallucinating and then pass out right in the middle of your match, then yes, it’s probably too hot to be playing tennis.
That’s what happened to Canadian Frank Dancevic yesterday at the Australian Open. Midway through his match against Benoit Paire of France, Dancevic says he saw Snoopy—yes Snoopy, the Charles Schultz cartoon dog—right before fainting.
“I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, ‘Wow, Snoopy, that’s weird,'” the No. 122 player in the world recounted. “I couldn’t keep my balance anymore and I leaned over the fence and when I woke up people were all around me.”
Dancevic would go on to lose the match in straight sets, before blasting the tournament officials for allowing the matches to go on despite the blistering 107ºF (42ºC) heat.
“It’s inhumane…It’s hazardous to be out there, it’s dangerous. Until somebody dies, they’re going to keep playing matches in this heat…and personally I don’t think it’s fair.”
Apparently, though, the folks running things down there at the Aussie Open aren’t buying it. There are so-called “emergency heat rules” that would allow them to halt play and close the roofs on the two main courts. However, all they’ve done is allow an extra 10-minute break between the second and third sets…of women’s matches.
None of this should really come as a surprise, though. If we’ve learned anything about Australians from Foster’s beer commercials, it’s that they are tough as hell. So of course they are not going to stop a tennis tournament just because it’s a little warm.
Hat Tip – [Metro]