Friday January 18, 2013
Strewth, what a scorcher as Australian Open sizzles
AUSTRALIAN Open officials have urged spectactors to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water with temperatures set to rocket to 39°C.
As play got under way, mechanical roofs stayed open on the Rod Laver and Hisense arenas with officials closely monitoring the air temperature and humidity.
Thousands of fans donned hats and sunglasses and slathered themselves in sunscreen, as the tannoy announcements urged them to take precautions in the extreme heat.
The Australian Open, held in the height of the southern hemisphere summer, has already tested players who have been using iced towels and extra shade during bright sun over the first three days.
Andy Murray and Roger Federer were among the players contesting 32 singles and 30 doubles matches on 16 different courts at Melbourne Park, only two of which have roofs.
Murray, the world No. 3, said: “It’s really challenging playing in the heat. The key is to make sure you’re rested.” – AFP