In a frightening scene, Ana Ivanovic’s coach Nigel Sears collapsed Saturday night at the Australian Open. The incident took place after Ivanovic won the first game of the second set over Madison Keys. Sears, who per ESPN TV reports, wasn’t feeling well before the match, got up from his coaching box to leave the stadium but fell going up the staircase on the way out.
The match was stopped for about 20 minutes as Medical personnel tended to Sears. The 58-year-old was transported to a hospital reportedly conscious and talking.
With the players off the court and the match suspended, both Ivanovic and Keys decided to continue the match which was resumed after about an hour-long delay. Ivanovic, the 2008 finalist, lost in three sets after holding leads in both the second and the third after winning the first.
While events were taking place on Rod Laver, Andy Murray whose wife is Nigel Sears’s daughter, played on seemingly unaware of the circumstances. After beating Joao Sousa, Murray reportedly left right from the and joined his mother Judy to head to the hospital.
Kim Sears, who is expected next month, was watching from mid-morning in London.
Ivanovic-Keys suspended indefinitely while Nigel Sears receives treatment from medics in stands. pic.twitter.com/y10pyTXU9h
— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) January 23, 2016
Nigel Sears on a stretcher taken out of RLA with shirt off. Hooked up to breathing tank. Conscious, breathing #AusOpen
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) January 23, 2016
Good news: told Nigel Sears is alert and responding in ambulance in ambulance. Nervous scenes here still, lots of people scared. #AusOpen
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 23, 2016
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 23, 2016
Andy Murray walked straight off the court and was met by mum Judy. Now heading in direction of transport with racket bag over his shoulder.
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 23, 2016
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