The chilling screams of Tennis Pro Bethanie Mattek-Sands could be heard across court 17 during a Wimbledon match on Thursday after she collapsed with a serious knee injury.
Mattek-Sands fell to the ground and yelled in agony:
"Help me, help me, help me."
Her opponent Sorana Cirste came to her assistance but could barely look at her as she covered her mouth with her hand in shock:
"I went over and saw her knee out and turned around and told them to bring a stretcher because I think everyone froze. It was heartbreaking because she went into shock and it took a while until the medical team was there. For a while it was me, my husband and her physio. I’d say she was on the ground for 10- 15 minutes and that is really long. In some sports, help is there straight away."
Wimbledon released a statement defending their medic's response time:
"The first response to Court 17 was within 1 minute, by a qualified ambulance technician. The player was kept on court while pain relief was given. The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital."