"I'm just angry about it," Courier said. "It's too bad that the biggest tournament in the world has sub-par medical conditions for the players."
Courier's condition was compounded by a heavy cold and it was not until he had walked off court that his body began to cramp up. "I realised that I was in trouble then," he added. "I know my body well and I know when I'm going to start cramping, so we ended up having to go to a hospital to get an IV.
"It's the only tournament on the circuit - the only country we play in - where this is the case, from what our trainers tell us. I'd heard about this before but they'd run into the same brickwall of conservatism. I just think it's antiquated, that's all."
A spokesman for the All England Club later said that they had the required facilities but that the duty doctor, Peter Tudor-Miles, had not considered Courier's condition serious enough for IV fluids. "Courier himself wanted to go to the hospital and be put on a drip," he said. Though still troubled by a heavy cold, Courier said he would be fit for tomorrow's meeting with Henman, a repeat of the epic five-set match which Courier won in the Davis Cup in March. "I'll be ready when the time comes," Courier said.
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