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Extreme Heat Policy implement at Australian Open

  • Associated Press
  • January 15, 2014 - 9:10 PM

MELBOURNE, Australia — Some matches have been suspended at the Australian Open, with organizers implementing the Extreme Heat Policy when the temperature reached 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) on Thursday afternoon.

Matches on the outer courts were stopped at the end of sets that were in progress when the heat rules went into effect. Matches in progress on the show courts continued, with the retractable roofs to be closed at the completion of ongoing sets.

Australian Open organizers invoked part of the special conditions before play began, allowing women's matches to have an extended break after the second set and players to wear ice vests during changeovers.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

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