Andrea Petkovic Ran Off Court To Be Sick

by Natasha Sulimoff on August 8, 2011 · 0 comments

in WTA News

In her semifinal match with Agnieszka Radwanska at Carlsbad, California, Andrea Petkovic ran of the court in the second set of the match to go to the bathroom and vomit after she “ate something bad for lunch”, as Petkovic discussed that she wouldn’t have liked to be on SportsCenter for the next 25 years.

Petkovic eventually lost the match, 4-6, 6-0 6-4.

“At the point where I ran out, I couldn’t hold it back anymore,” Petkovic said. “I didn’t want to be on Sports Center for the next 25 years.”

Petkovic did not have a point taken away as a penalty, as she had previously warned the chair umpire. She was also allowed a medical timeout off the court.

“I told her immediately I need to throw up,” Petkovic said. “The trainer gave me something against it. It didn’t help. I just felt this big stone in my stomach that needed to get out.  I told them, Listen, I actually just feel fine, I just need to go to the bathroom as quick as possible.”

Petkovic said that she wouldn’t have liked to have the same incident as Pete Sampras at the 1996 US Open against Alex Corretja.

“Guys are really different in those kinds of things,” she said. “I felt so embarrassed. The last two points I was like, Okay, what are you going to do? Is it more embarrassing running off the court like a maniac or throwing up on the court and being on SportsCenter for the next 25 years?  I was like, Yeah, running off the court is better, so that’s what I did.”
Hope you get well soon, Andrea, and best of luck to you in your upcoming tournaments!

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