The tennis world has been shocked this week at the Miami Open.
Fans witnessed an unprecedented number of withdrawals/retirements from the tournament at Hard Rock Stadium.
Question for people who follow tennis more than me: this sounds unusual – is it?
Yahoo News: ‘In total, there has been 15 withdrawals/retirements during the Miami Open.’https://t.co/7jayWxZ89c
— John Ruddick 🌸 (@JohnRuddick2) April 3, 2022
Yahoo Sport reported:
Soon to be World No.3, Badosa was in tears as she was forced to bow out of the quarter-final after not feeling well against American Jessica Pegula.
On Monday, Badosa admitted she wasn’t sure if she could compete in her fourth round match that she subsequently won.
However, the Spaniard was in obvious discomfort when she retired sick at 4-1 in unfortunate circumstances for the in-form star.
On the men’s side of the draw, Italian phenom Sinner was also forced to retire against World No.103 Francisco Cerundolo.
Right after an impressive display to defeat Aussie Nick Kyrgiosin the Fourth Round, Sinner was in pain due to blisters on his foot.
Cerundolo admitted it was ‘strange’ seeing his friend hardly walking on the other side of the court.
While Sinner and Badosa were the most stunning retirees of the tournament, over a dozen other competitors suffered early exits.
The Yahoo article referenced 15 total withdrawals/retirements during the Miami Open.
As Free West Media noted, “What is going on?” someone asked.
I’ve scanned the results of the men’s and women’s fields to find the 15 withdrawals/retirements during the Miami Open.
From the men’s side:
- Mats Moraing (Germany)
- Holger Rune (Denmark)
- Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)
- Reilly Opelka (United States)
- Jannik Sinner (Italy)
From the women’s side:
- Maryna Zanevska (Belgium)
- Caroline Garcia (France)
- Clara Tauson (Denmark)
- Dalma Galfi (Hungary)
- Anna Kalinskaya (Russia)
- Karolina Muchova (Czech Republic)
- Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)
- Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
- Anhelina Kalinina (Ukraine)
- Paula Badosa (Spain)
Here’s the elephant in the room the mainstream media refuses to discuss.
Based on U.S. requirements, all of the listed players, except for Opelka, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to compete in the Miami Open.
Opelka competed in the Australian Open earlier this year, which required proof of COVID-19 inoculation.
Thus, going by various COVID-19 policies, all of the players to withdraw/retire at the Miami Open have received the experimental injection.