Ana Ivanovic's coach Nigel Sears collapses at Australian Open

Saturday January 23rd, 2016

Ana Ivanovic's coach, Nigel Sears, is conscious after collapsing during her third round match against American Madison Keys at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday, ESPN reports.

Ivanovic was leading 6–4, 1-0 in the second set when play was suspended due to a spectator who needed medical attention in the stands on Rod Laver Arena. It was later confirmed that the spectator was Sears, also father-in-law of Andy Murray.

Play was suspended and Ivanovic and Keys left the court while Sears, 58, received medical attention. He was later removed from the arena on a stretcher and taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  

The tournament gave the players the option to resume play or postpone their match, but both agreed to continue. The match resumed at 8:40 p.m. local time after a 50-minute break.

Murray was playing his third round match against Joao Sousa simultaneously on Margaret Court Arena when the incident happened, but it was not known if he was made aware of the situation.

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