Tennis player Tim Puetz Suffers Freak Eye Injury at Qatar Open 2021

Published 03/12/2021, 11:01 AM EST


German doubles specialist Tim Puetz, who was partnering Dane Frederik Nielsen in the ongoing Qatar Open tennis tournament, suffered a freak injury on Wednesday after his racquet bounced off the turf and hit his eye.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The incident took place during the quarter-final clash with the Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Puetz and his partner had dropped the opening set and were bidding for a fightback when the unfortunate injury brought a halt to the proceedings.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With the German pulling out because of the injury, the Colombian pair got a walkover into the tournament’s last eight.

Puetz stretched out his racquet to reach a serve down the middle. However, it accidentally hit the surface and caught him flush in the eye.

The German went down straight away, holding the affected eye and crying for medical attention. Soon, his partner and medical attendants rushed to check on him.

After a brief discussion with his partner, the German informed the chair umpire minutes later that he won’t be able to continue.

Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani gave the German an ice bag to dab at his eye. Puetz was heard telling his trainer, “I cannot see very well. Freddie (trainer), I can see pretty well when I’m stationary. But if I look around, I can’t see very well”.

The match stood forfeited and the Colombians, who looked to be the favorites given how the contest was shaping up, progressed to the semi-final.

Speaking during an on-court interview, Farah voiced sympathy for the German and wished him a speedy recovery.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I feel very sorry for Tim. It’s something none of us want, to get hit in the eye, and I really hope he recovers really well,” the Colombian doubles specialist said.

The modest crowd which had gathered for the match was left stunned as the shocking incident unfolded.

A video of the incident later showed that the German lost hold of his racquet while trying to return the serve and it ricocheted off the surface to hit him in the eye.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Priyabrata Chowdhury

988 articles

Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT