Volleyball player Devaraj Anchan passed out while playing in a tournament and died on his way to Udupi hospital. Reports say he collapsed to the ground holding his chest around 1am. The organizers immediately moved him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The organizers stopped the tournament after his death. He is a bachelor, leaves his mother and five sisters. Devaraj Anchan lost his father about four months ago. Reports added that he was part of teams that had won state-level tournaments.
He is just the latest in a list of athletes who have died (or have had) from heart problems. We also remember that the player had also received the vaccine against COVID-19.
Rusedski: "Non more chances for Federer and Nadal on hard-courts"
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had to watch the exploits of Novak Djokovic almost helplessly in 2021.
By winning three out of four Grand Slams, the world number 1 cleared the gap that separated him from eternal rivals in the all-time Grand Slam standings. The Serbian also had a great chance to overtake at the US Open, but was defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the final act.
Roger played the misery of 13 official matches this year, limited by a knee that doesn't want to leave him alone. The 40-year-old from Basel ended his season after Wimbledon and has undergone his third surgery in the past 18 months.
It didn't go much better for Nadal, who played seven official tournaments in 2021. Despite having managed to put a couple of trophies on his beloved clay court, the Spaniard failed the assault on his 14th Roland Garros. The 35-year-old from Manacor will make his return to the Abu Dhabi exhibition in December, before flying to Melbourne for the 2022 Australian Open.
Interviewed by the Express Sport portal, former ATP number 4 Greg Rusedski analyzed the moment Roger and Rafa are experiencing. He saisd: "As for Roger Federer, I think he's focused on Wimbledon. He knows very well that he has no chance at Roland Garros, at the US Open or in Australia.
In 2019 he came close to the title in London, but failed to take advantage of a couple of match points against Novak Djokovic. This year he didn't play particularly well in the Championships, but he still made it to the quarter-finals.
If he gets back in good shape, he could still have a say about him on the grass. I think this is his great goal. Rafael Nadal's energies are instead focused on Roland Garros. It is in Paris that he has the best chance of winning his 21st Grand Slam.
Right now, Djokovic is out of reach for both Roger and Rafa on hardcourt. We must not forget Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who got very close to Nole."