Australian Open outfield game suspended on day XNUMX

Updated on 16 January 2014, 16:07 AEST

The temperature in Melbourne exceeded 40 degrees for the third consecutive day, and today (Thursday) the temperature will reach 44 degrees. The Australian Open official therefore initiated an extreme high temperature policy and suspended all games outside the home court.

For the first time this week, the Australian Open has implemented an extreme heat climate policy. This means that games outside the home court will be suspended until the temperature improves.

World star Sharapova said that she felt like she was going to faint in the morning game, but she persisted until the end and defeated her opponent 3-2.

At the same time, Japan's Kei Nishikori also defeated his opponent at 41 degrees before the suspension policy was launched to enter the third round.


Russian player Sharapova carried an ice pack on her neck to cool down during the rest of the game. (AFP)


Japan's Kei Nishikori also defeated his opponent at 41 degrees before the suspension policy was activated to enter the third round.


A fan used a towel to shade the Australian Open and insisted on watching Sharapova. (AAP: Joe Castro)