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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian Open officials have amended the tournament's heat policy so that matches in progress when extreme conditions are declared won't have to be immediately finished.

Players in the Jan. 14-27 tournament at Melbourne Park will no longer have to complete matches that are already under way once the extreme heat rule is invoked, instead only having to complete the current set.

Previously, players who had just started a match had to complete it, even if it meant sweltering through a full three or five sets in extreme conditions.

In another change announced Saturday, the decision to suspend play will be solely at the discretion of the tournament referee. Previously, Open organizers used a specific cutoff point, based on calculations of a set of weather readings that included court temperature and humidity.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said several top players from Australia and overseas had been consulted about the changes and the feedback was positive.

"Previously if we invoked the heat policy the matches continued until the conclusion of a match," Tiley said. "Some players were out here in very extreme conditions for another three to four hours.

"Now we're saying at the end of a set the matches will come in, so we're not going to create that situation where players have to battle it out with a lack of performance because of the heat for a long time."

As in the past, play will be able to continue on the two courts with retractable roofs, Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena.

Tiley said the newly installed Plexicushion courts, which replaced the old Rebound Ace surface, would also help player comfort. He said the new courts had a thinner layer of rubberized cushioning, which meant they would retain less heat.

He said officials also planned to add an onsite weather station and meteorologist so that organizers could receive forecasts instantly.

"We can take all those factors and put them together ... the most important is the actual forecast, that's something that's going to really be able to help us," Tiley said.


I understand the saftey needs of the idea, but I'm just starting a match aganst Federer and we come back and I get lucky and win the set, I win the match. Sounds a little cheesy.
 

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Hang on, tennis authorities making a change that makes sense? I smell something fishy...
 

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hmm it's getting better. Still don't see why they would have to finish the set.... what if it's the fifth and they've only played one game.....:eek: Finish your game and stop play.....it's dangerous for all....not just those who haven't started their match yet :rolleyes:
 

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It makes sense to finish the set. Even in extreme conditions, finishing a set wont jeopardize players health.
 

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the wheather guy said the temps gunna be like 23-25's( i dun no what thew fuxk that is in in britain/america that like what 27464355 farenhight?) which is is easy to play in
 

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Hang on, tennis authorities making a change that makes sense? I smell something fishy...
:lol: :lol: They are going to introduce a Hewitt policy: "Organisers, line officials and crowds are to do everything possible to ensure Hewitt wins the 2008 Australian Open":devil:
 

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Fucking pussies. Real men play in 200 degrees for 4-5 hours. Also Hewitt's a real pussy for complaining about the surface over the years. I don't recall Federer & Safin having any complaints the last 4 years, no?
 

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Ah yes when the Swiss Open Grand Slam becomes a slam then Federer will complain about the indoor carpet.
 

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i remember the extreme heat day :eek: i think it was a tuesday and me n friend was trying to watch janko tipsarevic play.. just way too hot. she nearly fainted on me waiting in the massive queues in the early morning :sad:
 

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I still think it should be moved from January, it's silly really, but at least they're going in the right direction.
 

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High Australian temperature’s dangerous for players?

I'm watching the Novak and Roddick match and its only been 7 games and both of them look tired and are sweating like pigs... The "on court" temperature is 52° c - 122° F


Isn't this dangerous for the players?! Does anyone what temperatures it has to reach until the matches start getting postponed ?
 

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Brad Gilbert is going on and on about how this is not fair to Roddick, but as a person who has a heart birth defect and who has suffered heat exhaustion and lost matches due to heat, I couldn't disagree more. Some people can train as hard as they can but if you have a genetic problem or a birth defect or just a sensitivity to heat then there is not much more a person can do to prepare.
 

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then tell him get off the court...you shouldn't be allowed to get an injury time out just to get rubbed with ice...
 

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Brad Gilbert is going on and on about how this is not fair to Roddick, but as a person who has a heart birth defect and who has suffered heat exhaustion and lost matches due to heat, I couldn't disagree more. Some people can train as hard as they can but if you have a genetic problem or a birth defect or just a sensitivity to heat then there is not much more a person can do to prepare.
Exactly. This is ridiculous.
 
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