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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

A tennis player’s response to the sound of thunder in the middle of a match: a situation with a sad history in the sport

In times of storms and especially lightning, there is a high risk of being struck by lightning because of the risk to life. There’s no secret to it: One must be careful in every aspect of life, whether one is outside, doing an activity or not. Unfortunate incidents have occurred in a variety of situations, from people walking, to people playing in a park, who can be found enjoying a moment of relaxation at sea.

Sport is also a source of danger in the event of a lightning strike. There have been deaths in the full exercise of their activity. One of the most risky sports, for example, is golf: clubs often act as lightning rods. For this reason, when a storm of these features breaks (or is about to break) in a tournament, a siren is immediately sounded, prompting players to immediately drop their iron and seek safety in a closed space.

Daniel Galán (Light Blue Shirt) And Thiago Tirante (In White) Walk Off The Field Moments After Being Struck By Lightning
Daniel Galán (light blue shirt) and Thiago Tirante (in white) walk off the field moments after being struck by lightning

Tennis is not exempt from these episodes, as seen this Friday in a competition related to the ATP Challenger Tour, which is being played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Matches were played for the quarter-finals of the tournament at the La Bocha club, with various Argentine appearances awarded a prize of $159,000. Marco Trangaliti, for example, lost 2–1 to Spanish Roberto Carballas Baena. On another court, Pedro Cachin (seeded second) beat Facundo Mena (8th) 5-2, and on the third court, Thiago Tirante lost 3-2 to Diego Gallano of Colombia, 26 years old and ranked 99th in the world rankings. until…

Tirante was leading 0-15, and had about 27 minutes of play. It was already dark in the afternoon and the dangers of rain were solid. Actually, the first drop was falling when the sound of lightning and lightning made a very loud sound that immediately was going to hit the ball. Galen’s response was eloquent, jumping slightly and immediately sat on the chair. Trying to escape from a dangerous situation.

The meetings were postponed due to bad weather. And he couldn’t even start the quarterfinal match remaining with the appearance of two Argentines: Tomas Echeveri (3rd) vs. Renzo Olive.

In this tournament 13 Argentines started with a table of 32 players. Before the quarterfinals, Federico Delbonis (7th), Francisco Comesana, Gonzalo Villanueva, Facundo Juárez, Gennaro Olivieri, Camilo Carabelli and Roman Buruchaga were eliminated.

Some tragedies and shocking cases

The most remembered case at the Games was the one that occurred in 1998 in Congo, Africa, during an amateur match between the Bena Tshadi and Basang teams. The match was played under heavy rain with a score of 1–1, when a sharp lightning strike hit the ground, killing eleven Bena Tshadi players. Ironically, the players of the other team were not harmed. -Local Team- While the players of the other team were not harmed. At the time, this fact was attributed to a case of witchcraft.

“Lightning suddenly took the lives of 11 young players between the ages of 20 and 35 who were playing football. Local media ‘L’Venir de Kinshasa’ wrote, “Basanga athletes eagerly pulled out of the disaster.” About 30 people who were watching the game were injured by lightning.

In October 2002, Colombians Herman Gaviria and Giovanni Córdoba, of Deportivo Cali, died of electric shock when lightning struck the area where the team was training. Gaviria, 33, also played for Atlético National and was part of his country’s national team. Cordoba died three days after the incident.

In Argentine football, in January 2011, the racing team, led by Miguel Angel Rousseau, He trained on a property in the Open Door. One of the masseurs, César Nardi, died as a result of a lightning strike, and despite medical efforts and being transferred to the Lujan Hospital. Also, football player Brian Louis was treated as a precaution, but he is out of danger.

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