Shapo says if air quality's poor, he'll default

prairiegirl

Hall of Fame
Shapovalov says will default match if forced to play in poor air
Organizers have been criticized by players and the media for ploughing ahead with qualifying this week despite authorities warning residents to stay indoors and restrict physical activity as air quality plunged due to bushfire smoke.
Shapovalov ""I’m sure the top guys aren’t going to want to come out in this condition either. I’m sure Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) and Novak (Djokovic) are not going to want to play when it’s bad for their health as well."
Canadian Shapovalov, who plays Marton Fucsovics in the first round on Monday, said he would have little hesitation defaulting if scheduled to play in the conditions that plagued qualifying on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I wouldn't play. I’m 20-years-old, it's a Grand Slam, it's a big opportunity but I’m 20-years-old," he told reporters at Melbourne Park on Saturday.
"I don’t want to risk my life, risk my health being out there playing in this condition when I can (play) for the next 10-15 years.
"As a player, it’s kind of scary coming to this city, seeing how the players are collapsing, seeing that fit players are needing inhalers to play tennis," he said.
"And it’s two out of three sets (in qualifying), it’s not even three-out-of-fives yet.
"I think everyone’s kind of on the same page in terms of how it is. I don’t think anyone’s happy with the way things are being dealt with.
"I’m sure the top guys aren’t going to want to come out in this condition either. I’m sure Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) and Novak (Djokovic) are not going to want to play when it’s bad for their health as well."
https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/sports/shapovalov-says-will-default-match-if-forced-to-play-in-poor-air-399854/
 

reaper

Legend
It does suggest a lack of commitment. In a battle do you want to be on the guy who's willing to break the pain barrier to win, or the guy who'd prefer to pull out than suffer?
 
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