Australian Open develops new extreme heat policy | State National Sports

Australian Open develops new extreme heat policy | State National Sports

Australian Open develops new extreme heat policy | State National Sports

"The well-being of all players at the Australian Open is our utmost priority and we have developed the Australian Open Heat Stress Scale after months of research and testing", said tournament director Craig Tiley.

Australian Open develops new extreme heat policy By Associated Press Saturday, December 29, 2018, 15:29 By Associated Press Nadal is silhouetted as he makes a backhand to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan 17, 2018.

When the readings reach four on the new scale before or during the first two sets of a match, the tournament referee will allow a 10-minute break between the second and third sets for all women's singles and junior singles matches, and a 15-minute break in wheelchair singles matches.

Organizers have proposed a "more extensive" extreme heat policy after the temperatures in the shade approached over 40 degrees Celsius during the 2018 tournament.

Men will get a 10-minute breather after the third set if a four is reached.

The scale takes into account the effects of heat on the human body, including the maximum stress an athlete can safely withstand, the sweat rate of that person and their core temperature, Tennis Australia chief medical officer Carolyn Broderick said.

"The scale also accounts for the physiological variances between adults, wheelchair and junior athletes while also taking into account the four climate factors - air temperature, radiant heat or the strength of the sun, humidity and wind speed - which affect a player's ability to disperse heat from their body", she continued.

Among those suffering at this year's tournament was Gael Monfils, with fears for his health in a mid-afternoon match against Novak Djokovic. The heat stress tracker is pictured during the match between Alize Cornet of France and Elise Mertens of Belgium.

Among them was Blaz Kavcic, who was placed on a drip, while Frank Dancevic said he hallucinated about the cartoon character Snoopy. "My sincerest apologies to the fans and organizers", Cilic posted on his Facebook page.

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