Taylor Fritz suffered from irregular heartbeat in Canadian Masters loss

American player Taylor Fritz revealed he suffered from irregular heartbeat during his opening round loss to James Duckworth at the Canadian Open Masters

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Taylor Fritz suffered from irregular heartbeat during his Canadian Open opening round loss to James Duckworth

World No 40 Taylor Fritz suffered from irregular heartbeat during his opening round loss at the ATP 1000 Masters event in Toronto. The 23-year-old lost 7-6(2), 6-3 to Australia’s James Duckworth.

The American, who was once World No 24, later took to Twitter to announce that he was alright despite the scare on court.

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“Hey guys… I’m okay,” he wrote.

“Probably one of the weirdest things I’ve ever experienced… heart was going absolutely crazy for no reason, I only continued cause it was so odd I though it maybe would go away and I really hate quitting even if it was probably the smart thing to do.”

This was Fritz’s second consecutive first match exit at a tournament – he earlier lost to Denis Kudla in the Citi Open in Washington DC. These results however followed two consecutive ATP 250 semi-final finishes at Los Cabos and Atlanta.

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Fritz targeted by punters

Following his loss, alleged gamblers who lost money because of the result started hurling abuse towards him on social media.

Fritz took a video of the abuse he got, and posted it on Twitter with a message.

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“And to all the gamblers giving me the typical death threats for not pulling out, I’m really not concerned about your degenerate gambling additions while I’m playing a match,” he wrote.

Players have often faced death threats and racial slurs based on their results.

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Last year, former World No 6 Gael Monfils posted on his social media account screenshots of the abuse he received after losing in the Italian Open.

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