Australian Open to look at heat policy

Hyeon Chung makes Aussie Open semi-final

Hyeon Chung makes Aussie Open semi-final

During his second round match with Novak Djokovic, Frenchman Gael Monfils told the umpire he would "collapse", if he kept enforcing the 25-second rule before each service.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said: "Protecting our players and the fairness of the competition is paramount in these conditions, which we acknowledge can be challenging".

Some of the tennis best players in the world have questioned the safety of playing matches in the intense heat of Melbourne, Australia, at the Australian Open. Playing in this condition is of course very risky for the health of the player. "But there is a limit of being fit to play and being, I think, in danger to your health". "The temperature was too high for playing tennis".

The extreme-heat policy, which involves closing the roofs of the stadiums and suspending matches, is invoked when the ambient temperature exceeds 40 deg C and the wet bulb globe temperature index reading exceeds 32.5 deg C.

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"Its a huge deal for me, and something that if I dont ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one", Sandgren said.

"I love the summertime", she said breezily after dispatching 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets.

He said: "I have some figuring out to do, what happens to me in deciding moments in grand slams". Cornet slumped to the court after serving during the second set of her 7-5 6-4 defeat by Mertens at the Hisense Arena and needed a medical assessment as temperatures pushed past 40C (104F) at Melbourne Park.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion was put through his paces during a four-set win over Gael Monfils in brutal heat on Thursday and former world No 1 Agassi has become a firm believer that he can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months. They were really tough conditions.

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"It was unbelievable, I'd never won a match on this court coming here", Kyrgios, a 12-year-old fan when Tsonga lost to Djokovic in the 2008 final here, said in the post-match interview on court.

The injury did little to restrict the six-times Australian Open champion as the Serb returned to break the 21st seed in the next game before claiming victory in two hours and 21 minutes.

WOMEN, 3RD RD: Petra Martic (Cro) bt Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) 6-3 3-6 7-5, Elise Mertens (Bel) bt Alize Cornet (Fra) 7-5 6-4, Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) 6-2 6-2, Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) bt Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) 7-5 3-6 6-1.

Big names Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Alexander Zverev all booked their way to the next stage in 4 sets and for the first time at the Australian Open, South Korean Hyeon Chung made it to the third round with his win over Daniil Medvedev. "I was just happy to get through".

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