Arthur Cazaux - Australian Open 2024

ATP star reveals he is ‘stable’ after collapsing at the Miami Open

Arthur Cazaux has provided an update on his health, after the ATP world No.74 collapsed in his qualifying match at the Miami Open on Monday.

Cazaux was playing compatriot Harold Mayot in his first qualifying match at the Miami Open in 31 degree Celsius heat, with 68 percent humidity, and fell to the ground in the early stages of the deciding set.

The 21-year-old was supported by the umpire and a ball boy, before the medical team took Cazaux off in a wheelchair and sent him to the hospital.

Despite the scare, Cazaux has now revealed that he is feeling better on Instagram, “Just a word to let you know I’m getting better. Just left the Miami hospital after spending the night there receiving care and a long series of tests.

“Today my physical condition is better, my tension and my heart have remained stable. It was more scary than bad in the end. Now my body needs to be put to rest and hopefully be back on track real soon. Thank you all for your messages of support, and see you very soon.”

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Cazaux’s opponent, Mayot, did receive some critics on social media, with there being suggestions that he was not very empathetic towards his fellow Frenchman.

And Mayot has defiantly responded to these claims, “Stop starting a false controversy for nothing. It had been several games since he didn’t feel well and he was starting to cramp. I didn’t see him fall and I thought he was lying down because he had a cramp.

“When I understood that it was serious I immediately followed go to him and I was very worried. I did my best to help. There is nothing but great friendship and complicity between us and always has been. You need to stop sending your hate all the time. I wish him a good recovery and the best.”

Mayot followed up with a second qualifying win against David Goffin to reach the main draw of a ATP Masters 1000 event for the first time, where he will play German Daniel Altmaier.

Players are likely to be relieved that temperatures are set to be cooler over the next few days in Miami, with highs of 26 degrees Celsius for today.

Inside the baseline…

It was a huge scare for Arthur Cazaux, but thankfully that is all that it was and he appears to be feeling better after recovering in hospital. With temperatures across the globe getting warmer every year, this is something that could potentially become more of a pressing issue and tournaments may have to take more consideration over playing in extreme heat.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.