'It was a bad piece of sushi, not a heart-attack,' says Andy Murray's father-in-law
Andy Murray's father-in-law Nigel Sears has revealed that his suspected heart attack in Melbourne may actually have been an allergic reaction to a bad piece of sushi.
Sears, 58, was rushed to hospital in January after collapsing while watching Ana Ivanovic, whom he coaches, playing in the third round of the Australian Open.
Murray was also in action at the time, and was whisked to Epworth Hospital as soon as his match with Joao Sousa finished.
Andy's wife Kim was 10,000 miles away in Surrey heavily pregnant, and Sears has spoken publically for the first time about the dramatic events of last month.
“Frankly, now I feel a bit of a fraud, but at the time I didn’t have a clue what was happening to me and fully appreciate just how terrible it must have looked for everyone watching," he told The Times. "I feel so bad having put my wife, daughter and friends through that ordeal.
“Quite honestly my timing could not have been worse, with Kim being just a few days away from giving birth. It was the worst possible time in the worst possible place, being so far away from home. But then I’m thinking if I had blacked out in my hotel room when I was all on my own, what would have happened?"
Sears also paid tribute to how his son-in-law coped with the incident. “He was great, he came straight to the hospital in the tennis clothes he’d been wearing during his match and stayed with me for a long time. Andy was naturally concerned, but the important thing was he could start relaying stuff back to Kim and her mum because they obviously wanted to know what was going on.
“I could see he was worried and thinking about whether or not to carry on in the tournament."
The Doctors in Melbourne and at home in Lewes are still not entirely sure what caused the collapse, but Sears has been reassured that his heart is perfectly fine.
Now back working with Ivanovic, who went on to lose to Madison Keys while Sears was in hospital, the British coach believes a rogue bit of sushi may be to blame for what happened. “I had sushi for lunch ten 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.”