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xan
Jan 16th, 2007, 11:59 AM
I am steaming at the stupidity and ignorance of the idiots who run the Australian Open.

Somebody could have died out there playing three hours of tennis in 120 degree. heat. Hopefully it hasn't ruined Maria's chances.

Why is there a heat rule in the first place - because it is DANGEROUS to play top tennis in a furnace like that! So what is the point of applying the heat rule to some matches and forcing others to play on because they have already started? If it is dangerous for Kim to play, its even more dangerous for Maria, who is already hot after an hour or more's play to continue playing!

The roof should have been shut after the 1st or 2nd set. The jobsworths who sat in air-conditioned rooms should be sacked.

Does anyone have a contact email for the Open?

Andy.
Jan 16th, 2007, 12:02 PM
Yeah today was the final straw about the heat something has to be done. You can do serious damage playing in heat like that. I hope Masha is OK

andrewbroad
Jan 16th, 2007, 12:51 PM
I totally agree. Tennis should be about skill - not about who can better handle 40°C heat on the day. It does seem quite conceivable that we could have an on-court death.

If the temperature is above 30°C, and both players agree, then the match should be suspended immediately. If it's above 35°C, then either player should have the right to suspend the match.

It would be much better if the Australian Open could be moved to March, when the temperatures will have dipped considerably, and the players would have more time to get into the year before they had to play a Grand Slam.

I know it's difficult to adjust the calendar when we have Indian Wells and Miami in March, but the best times for the Grand Slams should be the #1 priority. A four-week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon would be very welcome too.

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Aravanecaravan
Jan 16th, 2007, 01:23 PM
I am steaming at the stupidity and ignorance of the idiots who run the Australian Open.

Somebody could have died out there playing three hours of tennis in 120 degree. heat. Hopefully it hasn't ruined Maria's chances.

Why is there a heat rule in the first place - because it is DANGEROUS to play top tennis in a furnace like that! So what is the point of applying the heat rule to some matches and forcing others to play on because they have already started? If it is dangerous for Kim to play, its even more dangerous for Maria, who is already hot after an hour or more's play to continue playing!

The roof should have been shut after the 1st or 2nd set. The jobsworths who sat in air-conditioned rooms should be sacked.

Does anyone have a contact email for the Open?

Agreed. The problem with the AO's heat policy is this--players are at the mercy of the schedule. Rarely at 11AM is it going to be hot enough to close the roof, but we all know that the hottest part of the day comes after that. Maria and Camille had to play that entire third set--83 minutes worth--in heat that no other player had to face, other than the one or two men's matches going on at the same time. ANd look what happened in the Nabaldian match. This is not fair.

There needs to be some room for sensible discretion. These aren't open air grass courts. ESPN's courtside reporter held up a handheld thermometer at one point and it was pegged over 125 degrees F. That's Death Valley hot. People die in that kind heat with even minimal exertion. At Wimbledon, a shower can cause a match to be delayed. Same at USO and the French. Why couldn't they have suspended play until it cooled off in the evening, if they didn't want to close the roof?

Either, everyone should play in it, or no one. Period.

myxomatosis
Jan 16th, 2007, 04:53 PM
At one point I thought Maria was actually going to just pass out on the court from the heat. The fact that she kept going and even WON, is just unbelievably astounding.
What else that is unbelievable astounding is how incredibly stupid the AO organisers are. How could they let that match go on in those conditions?

You guys are right, someday someone's going to die/be very seriously ill because of playing in those temperatures and probably only then will the AO change its policy.
As it stands right now, their heat policy, in my mind, has crossed the line into being not only unfair, but even inhumane.

markspot
Jan 16th, 2007, 05:45 PM
The irony of all this is that Maria herself was against moving the tournament to March, she says that the heat is what makes Australian Open special:
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/01/11/222335.php

Shimizu Amon
Jan 16th, 2007, 07:13 PM
The irony of all this is that Maria herself was against moving the tournament to March, she says that the heat is what makes Australian Open special:
http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/01/11/222335.php

Well I don't believe Masha was talking about these extreme conditions :lol:

But to answer the topics question: I think this was a very dangerous situation and someone should've stepped in. They should have closed the roof after the 2nd set. Even if that would have mend that the match would've delayed by 15 or 30 minutes.
I don't think one should be so reckless when it's concerning a life threatening situation. Which would have been possible under these extreme conditions.
Well maybe this is just what they needed to agree on changing some outdated rules.

Maria Croft
Jan 16th, 2007, 09:14 PM
I agree as well, it was ridiculous to not close the roof because of some stupid rule. They should have closed it after the second set, so what if it would have taken 30 minutes, rain delays at Wimbledon take far longer then that.

jacobruiz
Jan 17th, 2007, 02:58 AM
Totally agree with everyone here. Especially annoying to me is the argument that because Pin didn't appear to be affected, the heat was nothing to be concerned about and Maria must just not be "fit". We all know that Maria has been working hard and acclimating herself to the conditions in Melbourne. If the heat affected everyone the same way then why do some people suffer from heat exhaustion and heat strokes and even die and others don't?

Cheyne
Jan 17th, 2007, 12:58 PM
It was ridiculous. I was in row A and I could feel the head coming off the court I was in the sun and I would barely stand it. I can't even begin to imagine how it would have felt to be out there. Everyone around me were expecting the roof to be closed after the first set ended. Very disappointing and I hope she can bounce back and have an easy match tomorrow night.

xan
Jan 17th, 2007, 02:35 PM
The Eurosport commentators were saying today that it was ridiculous.

The easiest thing to do would be to close the roof or suspend the match at the start of the Set following the temperature reaching 35 degrees C.

It might even be safer to treat it as a rain break and stop the match the moment that temperature is reached.

What is not acceptable is to protect some players while making others risk their life and health in Death Valley temperatures.

I would still like an e-mail for tennis australia or the AO Organisers so I can complain direct.

ImaVeggie
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Here's a link to contact Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis within Australia.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11942

xan
Jan 23rd, 2007, 04:39 PM
Here's a link to contact Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis within Australia.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11942

Thanks I've sent a letter to them about this.

Dan23
Jan 24th, 2007, 10:00 PM
I think theyre hearing the message....Larry Scott is on their case as well.

If theres a roof they should use it...esp when all other matches are also stopped.