Hampton joins players out with stomach flu
Nikolay Davydenko and Jamie Hampton joined Petra Kvitova, Vera Zvonareva, Gael Monfils, Vania King, Jurgen Melzer, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Andreas Seppi, Francesca Schiavone, and Magdalena Rybarikova as players affected by the stomach virus that has been circulating around Indian Wells.
Davydenko withdrew from his third-round match with Thomaz Bellucci. Hampton retired while writhing with cramps when down 6-3, 4-6, 3-0 to Agnieszka Radwanska. The American said her illness started right after she upset Jelena Jankovic in the first round, when she returned to her hotel and began to vomit. She did not eat on Sunday, when she defeated Jarmila Gajdosova in three sets. She began to feel better on Tuesday, but despite feeling a little better on Wednesday morning, she could not maintain her energy level against Radwanska.
"At the end of the second [against Radwanska] it hit me and I knew it was coming," said Hampton, who has cramped five times in her career, including at the 2011 U.S. Open. "I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty."
Hampton said that she hydrates and eats the right way, and will go see a specialist about her frequent cramping.
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka said she caught the big on the way to Indian Wells from Dubai. "I heard like few players right before the tournament had it, and me, the same thing. It was just so awful. I guess I'm the lucky one that I had only before the tournament."
Officials, coaches, ball kids, and journalists have also fallen prey to the bug, including the LA Times’ Diane Pucin, USA Today’s Doug Robson and Fuebuena’s Jorge Viale.
One coach told TENNIS.com that he had heard that the bug has afflicted around 30 players, coaches and trainers.