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Andy Murray's father-in-law blames sushi for Australian Open collapse

London: The tennis coach father-in-law of Britain's Andy Murray has suggested a 'dodgy' piece of sushi was behind his dramatic collapse at last month's Australian Open.

Nigel Sears
Nigel Sears

There were fears that Nigel Sears had suffered a heart attack when he lay immobile courtside in Melbourne three weeks ago. The 58-year-old Sears, the coach of 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, was taken to the nearby Epworth Hospital for treatment Murray, whose wife Kim Sears was heavily pregnant at the time, was playing on the neighbouring court unaware of the emergency, and he rushed to see his father-in-law in hospital later.

"I just want to let everyone who was concerned know that the doctors have assured me my heart is absolutely fine," Sears told Wednesday's edition edition of The Times in his first interview since the incident.

"Quite honestly my timing could not have been worse, with Kim being just a few days away from giving birth. One thing I am really grateful for is that nothing about my collapse got through to Andy, who was playing just a matter of yards away on Margaret Court."

Sears said he believed an allergic reaction to some sushi he had for lunch may have been behind his collapse. "I had sushi for lunch 10 days in a row in Melbourne and was fine. But I suppose the law of averages dictates, you get one dodgy bit of raw fish in that time," he said.

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