ATP Tour

Robbie Koenig in flight ordeal

2013-01-24 17:02
Robbie Koenig (BLD Communications)
Cape Town - Durban-based Robbie Koenig, a former tennis professional, Davis Cup player and the popular voice of ATP televised tournaments is recovering at home after a bizarre ordeal on his flight back to South Africa from Australia.

Koenig was en route back home after completing his television commentating duty at the ATP Auckland event in New Zealand prior to the Australian Open, when his appendix burst.

“Robbie was on a Quantas flight on Sunday 13 January when I got a call from the doctor who was on the plane giving me the news of the burst appendix,” said his wife, Giselle Koenig.

“Quantas were amazing, firstly to have a doctor on board, and that he was able to administer morphine to Robbie to assist him until the plane landed in Joburg.”

On hearing the news Giselle boarded a plane from Durban to Johannesburg to meet her husband on arrival. Koenig was taken straight to the Aarwyp hospital close to OR Tambo International for an emergency operation.

“Robbie was obviously very sick and although the operation was successful, he was hospitalised for eight days before being discharged and allowed to return home to Durban,” said a relieved Giselle.

“Robbie is recovering well but it will take some time. His “cheekiness” and fighting spirit is coming back so I am sure he is feeling better and is on the mend.”


Read more on:    atp tour  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.