Saturday, January 21, 2006
Heat hits Australian Open
Play has been suspended on the outer courts at the Australian Open in Melbourne under the tournament's extreme heat policy.
The policy allows for play to be halted on outside courts and for the closure of Melbourne Park's retractable roofs covering the two main courts.
If the temperature reaches 35 Celsius tournament referee Wayne McKewen is empowered to implement the policy.
Matches already in progress must be completed before the roofs are closed.
When play was suspended the temperature had reached 35.7C, towards a forecast 36C.
Play will only restart when the temperatures ease.