Inexplicable dizziness, shortness of breath forces Bulgarian tennis star to retire after opening match

After Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov dominated his first match 6-0 at the Winston-Salem Open, he was forced to throw in the towel after an inexplicable illness ranging from shortness of breath to dizziness took hold of the world-class athlete.

(Video Credit: Winston-Salem Open)

Although ranked the top overall seed at the Wake Forest University professional men’s tennis tournament, Dimitrov’s Tuesday performance took a turn for the worse after the first set of his opening match against Austrian player Dominic Thiem. Trailing 4-2 in the second set, Dimitrov was forced to the sidelines where he was visibly struggling as he consulted with a medical professional who checked his heart, Yahoo Sport reported.

After a brief rest, Dimitrov walked back out on the court and looked like he was gearing up to serve the ball before he hung his head down and placed his hands on his knees as if he was trying to catch his breath.

“He’s just not right,” the announcer said as Dimitrov can be seen in the video walking slowly to the net where he shook hands with and embraced his opponent, retiring from the match and unable to continue playing.

His sudden withdrawal from the match was met with sadness and frustration, and some questioned the source of what seems like a sudden rash of professional athletes having unexplained medical problems typically reserved for the out-of-shape.

A website run by the Informed Consent Action Network has the same question and has compiled a video with dozens of examples questioning more dramatic cases of seemingly healthy athletes falling ill mid-game in a compilation titled, “Why Are Healthy Athletes Collapsing?”

The site notes that “a causal link has not been established between the covid vaccine and the conditions of the athletes in this video” but that the “video has been edited from its original version, to remove four stories of players who are not believed to have been vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccine prior to falling ill.”

PolitiFact blasted the clip medley in their ruling: “A video shows news clips of athletes collapsing to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines cause heart problems in otherwise healthy athletes. The video makes an assumption and offers no proof. Athletes in the video did not all collapse from COVID-19 vaccines, and leading sports cardiologists we reached out to said they haven’t seen athletes collapse after getting vaccinated for COVID-19.”

At this time, there does not appear to be an explanation for the mysterious apparent increase in reports of athletes like Dimitrov falling ill mid-game.

Unvaccinated tennis great Novak Djokovic did not enter the Winston-Salem tournament and reported earlier this week on social media that he will be unable to travel to the upcoming US Open scheduled to start on Aug. 29 because President Joe Biden’s administration is still acting as medical overlords for foreigners entering the country and requiring an approved Covid-19 jab.

“Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open,” Djokovic posted on Twitter. “Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to complete again. See you soon tennis world!”

Djokovic was previously banned from playing in the Australian Open due to his refusal to roll up his sleeve for the vaccine and was deported from the land down under after an 11-day battle over his visa in January. He was reportedly contemplating suing the Australian government for the lost potential winnings.

He also had to sit out the French Open in May due to his aversion to the poke.

Although doctors have called for the end of vaccine discrimination in recent weeks, unelected bureaucrats at the Centers for Disease Control have the current guidance for non-citizens’ travel to the United States posted to their website which is based on an October 25, 2021 Proclamation issued by President Biden.

“If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country,” the website reads.

Dimitrov reported on social media the following day that he anticipates a full recovery and is already planning to smash at the upcoming U.S. Open.

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