TOKYO (AP) — One player was carted off in a wheelchair. Another said he could "die" and nearly passed out.
Extreme heat and humidity were major issues during the tennis competition at the Tokyo Olympics, and the sport's governing body said Sunday that it needs more competition days at future Games to provide better rest and care for its players.
The goal is an extended competition schedule with two more days for the next Olympics in Paris in three years, when tennis will be contested on the hallowed red-clay courts of Roland Garros — home of the French Open.
"What we really need is 11 days and more rest for the players," International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said. "We have to talk to the stakeholders and to the tours."
The temperature consistently reached above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) and stifling humidity made it feel like 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) at Ariake Tennis Park.