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AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

it's ridiculous to start these matches at 11am when it's 33 degrees C and obviously going up to 39-40 C during the course of the matches. They need to extend the heat rule to protect the players who are on court in the opening matches - everybody else is protected, so why not the players who go on court first? It's an extremely dangerous situation to have anyone playing for multiple hours at 100 degrees (which is like 130 degrees oncourt).
Sharapova looked like she was dangerously close to collapse at the end of that match.
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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

Be careful.
You could upset some Ausie fans.
Fortunately, it is only a minority of fans.
I would not be surprised if these same fans( two or three) answer by
saying there is heat in every tournament.
It it just not publicized or talked about as it is at the Ausie open.
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it's ridiculous to start these matches at 11am when it's 33 degrees C and obviously going up to 39-40 C during the course of the matches. They need to extend the heat rule to protect the players who are on court in the opening matches - everybody else is protected, so why not the players who go on court first? It's an extremely dangerous situation to have anyone playing for multiple hours at 100 degrees (which is like 130 degrees oncourt).
Sharapova looked like she was dangerously close to collapse at the end of that match.
If they knew it was going to be that hot at 11:00, then they should never have opened the roof in the first place. Also, why did they not close the roof while Pin and Sharapova were off the court between the second and third sets? I agree, Vogus; they need to change the heat rule.

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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

well that's one reason why it would be good to move the tournament to march, it wouldn't be quite as hot. i agree though the heat rule should be extended for those already oncourt.

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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

Last tournament I was at, at each changeover somebody took each player's body temperature and recorded it on a clipboard. I assume they were watching for signs of overheating... maybe there was a cutoff temperature at which they had to take a break? Anybody seen this berfore? I suppose they aren't doing that at AO?

BTW the way they took the temperature was to hold the thermomter at her back, maybe it was near her neck (I can't quite remember). The player could pretty much ignore that it was happening.
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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

if that match today had gone to 10-10 in the 3rd, there was a real danger that somebody could die out there. When you're in that kind of a tense match at a Grand Slam, you're not thinking anymore about your safety. But it's 130 degrees and there is a limit to what the body can take under those conditions.
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it's ridiculous to start these matches at 11am when it's 33 degrees C and obviously going up to 39-40 C during the course of the matches. They need to extend the heat rule to protect the players who are on court in the opening matches - everybody else is protected, so why not the players who go on court first? It's an extremely dangerous situation to have anyone playing for multiple hours at 100 degrees (which is like 130 degrees oncourt).
Sharapova looked like she was dangerously close to collapse at the end of that match.
Well, I don't think you can stop the matches from starting if the temperature has not yet reached extreme heat, but they should be able to suspend play if it reaches 35 degrees.

If the forecast predicts extreme heat, then the roof at least should be half closed, and then closed fully once the thermometer hits 35.

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I've been saying that, and blogging about it, for years. The day someone dies on court will be the day they change the procedures. It's ridiculous.
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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

How hot is it at the mo? Cause SEXY Olivier Rochus has just won 36 75 75 67 97 on Vodafone Arena last 3 sets alone where 3 hours long!!! Oh my!! They must be KNACKERED!

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How hot is it at the mo? Cause SEXY Olivier Rochus has just won 36 75 75 67 97 on Vodafone Arena last 3 sets alone where 3 hours long!!! Oh my!! They must be KNACKERED!
Voda does have a roof, thats why their match was allowed to start.

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Ok, so the rule is that the court cannot be closed after a match has begun, because the rule is that you cannot change the conditions after the start of the match...BUT what I don't understand is, why can't they change the conditions if 1) Both players will be experiencing the change and 2) Both players agree to the change? It just doesn't make sense to me that they will close the roof for rain, but not when the temperature is at an extreme level.







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Voda does have a roof, thats why their match was allowed to start.
Yeah i just found that out, so editd my post! Thanks for puttin me right!

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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

The rationale of finishing the match in the conditions they started in is stupid, since when it rains they close the roof, thus changing the conditions the match started in. Extreme heat should be treated like rain, roof closed and all matches suspended till the heat goes down. I guess that will only happen when someone goes into cardiac arrest on court. Seriously.
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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

It is extrememly hot in the Aus Summer, so I always questioned the late starts, and why the hell it is even started in January! the MIDDLE of our summer, the hottest part for goodness sake.

I love the AUs OP, but the heat is ridiculous and dangerous, especially in Melbourne, I mean its not that bad here in Brisbane, but down there!!

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Re: AO needs to change the heat rule before someone gets killed

After the Martina/Jennifer final you would think they would have learned something.
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