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Jan 16, 2014

Tennis-Heat stops play at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Play on the outer courts at Melbourne Park was called to a halt on day four of the Australian Open on Thursday with temperatures hitting 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and still rising.

Organisers, who had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, enacted the third stage of their “Extreme Heat Policy” for the first time at about 1.50pm local time (0250 GMT).

Jan 15, 2014

Djokovic, Serena keep it quick to beat the heat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, eager to get the job done and escape the oppressive heat that smothered Melbourne Park for a second day in a row.

Cloud cover and a gusting wind help keep temperatures just below the peak of 42.2 degrees Celsius they reached on Tuesday, when Canadian Frank Dancevic passed out and accused organisers forcing players to play in “inhumane” conditions.

Jan 15, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic, Serena keep it quick to beat the heat

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, eager to get the job done and escape the oppressive heat that smothered Melbourne Park for a second day in a row.

Cloud cover and a gusting wind help keep temperatures just below the peak of 42.2 degrees Celsius they reached on Tuesday, when Canadian Frank Dancevic passed out and accused organisers forcing players to play in “inhumane” conditions.

Jan 15, 2014

Nadal, Federer, Murray through in ‘inhumane’ heat

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal got a free pass into the second round of the Australian Open when Bernard Tomic retired injured on Tuesday, a welcome reprieve from stifling heat that led one player to describe conditions at Melbourne Park as “inhumane”.

Australian Tomic, booed off Rod Laver Arena by his compatriots, blamed a groin injury for withdrawing having lost the opening set 6-4, leaving top seed Nadal to join fellow “Big Four” players Roger Federer and Andy Murray in securing his passage.

Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Nadal, Federer, Murray through in ‘inhumane’ heat

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal got a free pass into the second round of the Australian Open when Bernard Tomic retired injured on Tuesday, a welcome reprieve from stifling heat that led one player to describe conditions at Melbourne Park as “inhumane”.

Australian Tomic, booed off Rod Laver Arena by his compatriots, blamed a groin injury for withdrawing having lost the opening set 6-4, leaving top seed Nadal to join fellow “Big Four” players Roger Federer and Andy Murray in securing his passage.

Jan 14, 2014

Dancevic, ball boy faint as heat spikes in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic and a ball boy, who both fainted, were the most obvious victims of the searing heat on Tuesday when temperatures hit 41 degrees Celsius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) on day two of the Australian Open.

Dancevic collapsed during his first round match against France’s Benoit Paire on the uncovered court six. He resumed after medical attention but unsurprisingly ending up losing 7-6 6-3 6-4.

Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Dancevic, ball boy faint as heat spikes in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic and a ball boy, who both fainted, were the most obvious victims of the searing heat on Tuesday when temperatures hit 41 degrees Celcius (108 degrees Fahrenheit) on day two of the Australian Open.

Dancevic collapsed during his first round match against France’s Benoit Paire on the uncovered court six. He resumed after medical attention but unsurprisingly ending up losing 7-6 6-3 6-4.

Jan 14, 2014

Azarenka not so hot as Melbourne scorches

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka made a stuttering start to her bid for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday when she was kept out in the Melbourne heat for 106 minutes by Johanna Larsson before sealing her place in the second round.

Organizers tried to mitigate temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius by providing towels packed with ice, hundreds of bottles of water and an extra 10-minute break between the second and third sets for the women’s matches.

Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Azarenka not so hot as Melbourne scorches

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka made a stuttering start to her bid for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday when she was kept out in the Melbourne heat for 106 minutes by Johanna Larsson before sealing her place in the second round.

Organisers tried to mitigate temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius by providing towels packed with ice, hundreds of bottles of water and an extra 10-minute break between the second and third sets for the women’s matches.

Jan 13, 2014

Rusty Djokovic, slick Serena through in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round like a well-oiled machine as the tournament favourites took centre stage on the first evening of the Australian Open on Monday.

Williams, looking for her sixth title, closed the evening on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local hope Ashleigh Barty after four-times champion Djokovic had overcome Lukas Lacko 6-3 7-6(2) 6-1.

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