Australian Open slammed for heat policy

A boycott by male players of next year’s Australian Open was among the more radical ideas

A boycott by male players of next year’s Australian Open was among the more radical ideas

The 24-year-old Thiem was staring down the barrel of a second-round boilover at the hands of the Kudla, ranked number 190 in the world, but found another gear to score a 6-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win on Margaret Court Arena.

After beating Monfils in a sloppy, four-set slug-fest, Djokovic said tournament supervisors should have delayed the match. "At times we were both just trying to get a little bit of extra breath, a few seconds more, so we can recover", he said.

Monfils was dizzy and needed to see the doctor a couple times, later saying he suffered a small heat stroke. With temperatures reaching 39° C, the heat took it's toll as both players sprayed errors in the first set. That type of tenacity deserves recognition.

A closed roof could have possibly made for better, cleaner play in the almost three-hour match between Djokovic and Monfils that the Serb won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Djokovic was asked if play should continue in such heat.

"I knew coming into the match that Albert is a great fighter".

It is hard to remember a shakier start for Djokovic, who double-faulted on the first two points and twice more in his second service game, spraying backhands and forehands into all the wrong places as he fell behind, 0-3.

Temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the start of an expected heat wave hit the Australian Open on Thursday, bringing misery to players unfortunate enough to have their matches scheduled during the day session and keeping many spectators away. Yeah, I think it was the hardest I have.

The French star pleaded with the chair umpire to allow him more time in between points as he visibly struggled in the sweltering heat. That made the Grand Slams happy, the players pretty happy.

"Sometimes is too much and can become little bit risky for health". When ticket holders abandoned their primo midcourt, lower-level seats at Rod Laver Arena, the Western Australian left her upper-level seat and claimed their territory.

"I don't think that was the reason why today it didn't go my way".

"I'm telling you, I was dying on the court for 40 minutes".

"It was right at the limit", Djokovic said. (Vincent Thian/AP) Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro receives treatment from trainer during his second round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

"They could definitely pay more, no doubt about it", he said.

"If I look really back, I only had surgery five months ago, five months and three days".

"I don't know 100 per cent about what's going on or not, but at some point it is good that the players speak between each other about what we want or what we don't want", Nadal told reporters after continuing his campaign in Melbourne with a straight-sets win over Leonardo Mayer.

"I'm from Perth, so I'm used to this", she said.

The defending champion said: "I enjoy when we have good points".

But Federer's countryman and former champion Stan Wawrinka was stunned by Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

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