Leylah Fernandez admitted in the wake of the US Open final that her protests about Emma Raducanu’s medical timeout to treat a bleeding knee were misplaced.
Amid high drama inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with Raducanu serving for the match at 30-30, the British player grazed herself as she took a fall and went break point down – but there was a delay of several minutes before playing that point due to the treatment.
Fernandez later conceded the tension of the occasion contributed to her complaining to officials on court about the treatment.
‘I honestly did not know what was happening with Emma,’ the 19-year-old said. ‘I didn’t know how serious her fall was, that’s why I went to see the official and ask her about it.
‘It just happened in the heat of the moment. It was too bad that it happened in that specific moment with me, with the momentum. But it’s sports, it’s tennis. Just got to move on.’
Although tennis matches rarely need to be stopped for blood injuries the rulebook is quite specific, and the correct procedure was followed.
It reads: ‘If a player is bleeding, the Chair umpire must stop play as soon as possible and the sports physiotherapist must be called to court by the Chair umpire for evaluation and treatment.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Mike Dickson