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Hotter Than Hell ...

Post by PeterSkan » Jan Thu 18, 2018 9:30 am

Players and fans are complaining about the heat, and rightly so. It's absurdly dangerous. Today's ESPN website begs "But What's the solution?"

Start with this ...

1. Lower the temperature guideline
2. Schedule the matches around the heat: earlier starts for singles and more evening play
3. Keep the roof closed all day long. They went to the trouble and cost of building the thing - use it!!
4. The argument that we don't some to suffer less than others is ridiculous - there are other compensating factors. Schedule all the less strenuous doubles on the outside courts during the hottest part of the day so the roof can be closed on the main courts.

It's uncomfortable to watch this torture. A lawsuit[s] will bankrupt the AO when someone dies from superheating while/after playing in these
conditions.
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of the coward;
listen-your final pleasure-to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jan Thu 18, 2018 9:31 am

Sound decision on Serena's part to skip it. Having said that, I get the feeling the top players are spending way too much time in extreme comfort to prepare properly for this event.
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Re:Hotter Than Hell ...

Post by PeterSkan » Jan Thu 18, 2018 10:26 am

I get the feeling the top players are spending way too much time in extreme comfort to prepare properly for this event.
lol
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of the coward;
listen-your final pleasure-to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession

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Post by PeterSkan » Jan Thu 18, 2018 12:32 pm

Good thing Azarenka chose not to go.
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of the coward;
listen-your final pleasure-to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jan Thu 18, 2018 12:43 pm

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So you think she could've played but chose not to under the guise of devoted mother?

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Post by PeterSkan » Jan Thu 18, 2018 3:12 pm

Of course it was a choice. A one-sided no-brainer, perhaps, but a choice nevertheless.
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of the coward;
listen-your final pleasure-to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jan Fri 19, 2018 11:30 am

Australian Open organisers have defended the decision not to stop play for extreme temperatures during the tournament after player criticism.

Temperatures on day five reached 40C in Melbourne while six-time champion Novak Djokovic called conditions "brutal" and "right on the limit" on Thursday.

Officials said they "came close" to enforcing their heat rule on Friday which would have halted play.

Director Craig Tiley said: "We are, at the end of the day, an outdoor event."

He added: "We want it to stay an outdoor event as long as possible but at the same time ensuring that the health and wellbeing of players is taken care of."

The extreme heat policy at the Australian Open does not use a simple maximum heat, rather a combination of factors including temperature, humidity and wind speed.

It was last enforced in 2014 when play was suspended after Melbourne had three consecutive days with temperatures above 40C.

On Friday France's Alize Cornet had to have her blood pressure taken by a doctor during her defeat by Elise Mertens.

Croatia's Petra Martic also said she took painkillers to deal with blisters caused by the heat coming through her shoes from the court surface of Melbourne's main show court, the Rod Laver Arena.

After her match, Martic said: "That was really ugly. I think we were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points.

"Other than that you just need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there and try to make it through."

Spectators at the venue were advised to wear hats and drink fluids to reduce the chance of heat sickness while there were large numbers of empty seats on many courts as fans sheltered from the sun.

Fans made use of water mist fans to cool down at Melbourne Park
On Thursday, the host broadcaster reported a reflected temperature on court of 69C.

Djokovic's third-round opponent Gael Monfils said he was "dying on court" in the hot conditions.

"For sure we took a risk," the 31-year-old Frenchman said.

Five-time winner in Melbourne Roger Federer, who avoided the worst of the heat by playing in Thursday's night session, played down the issue saying players have to be able to play in "all conditions".

"We know it can be very hot here in Australia," Federer said. "I remember the days when we had four days of 40 degrees in a row a few years back. Now we got two.

"It's definitely a challenge."

'Not a great spectacle'
BBC commentator David Law, who was watching British number two Kyle Edmund's five-set marathon in the severe heat, said the matches "were not a great spectacle" because of the conditions.

"There are question marks over whether they should play in this," he said.

"If the heat rule wasn't going to be employed on a day like yesterday when will it be invoked?

"You had players leaning on racquets in the second set of matches. Super-fit athletes struggling to carry on - it wasn't a great spectacle."

http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/42743232
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Post by Ace2Ace » Jan Fri 19, 2018 12:05 pm

Federer always plays at night, not in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest. He has nothing to complain about.

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Post by Grossefavourite » Jan Fri 19, 2018 12:19 pm

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Right. Rojay and his sponsors decide and where (always center court) when he plays.
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Post by PeterSkan » Jan Sat 20, 2018 3:05 pm

69?

People are jailed and/or fined for leaving animals in parked cars at cooler temps than that ...
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of the coward;
listen-your final pleasure-to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession

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