As Baseline stories go, this one is as literal as it gets.
On Wednesday, CoCo Vandeweghe took the court against Ekaterine Gorgodze in an ITF tournament in Landisville, Pa. Like much of the United States this week, Landisville was enveloped in uncomfortable warmth, so much so that after two sets, the match was suspended for extreme heat.
Vandeweghe, who won the first set in a tiebreaker, was languishing as the second set came to a close. But not just physically.
“She didn’t make an effort to chase down shots and also grabbed her leg, which was bothering her,” reported news.com.au.
All of this served as a prelude for what was to come.
Vandeweghe called a medical time-out after the set—and presumably hoped the suspension wouldn’t be lifted, given her token effort in the ensuing warm-up: