Even the pros get sick! At the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, seven players including Vera Zvonareva, Gael Monfils, Vania King, Juegen Melzer, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Andreas Seppi and Magdalena Rybarikova, had to withdraw due to illness; a nasty stomach virus.
King tweeted, “Just spent one of the worst nights of my life (gruesome details) fever, vomiting, diarrhea..all at the same time..caught a bug from someone.”
The Palm Springs-area health representatives stated that the flu lasts between 24 and 48 hours. Not only were some of the players ill but many others including officials, ball kids and journalists also fell victim to the illness.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands was also hit with the flu bug but continued to play which may have been a bad idea. There are some myths about playing sports when you’re sick like “sweating out” a cold or flu but can actually lead to a worse infection.
According to the Marshfield Clinic, it may be okay to play if your symptoms are “above the neck,” including runny nose, nasal congestion or a mild sore throat. If your symptoms are “below the neck,” like chest congestion or an upset stomach, it is a good idea to take a break and rest your body because competing with the flu may worsen the symptoms.