Four hours lost to heat on Melbourne outer courts

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyORGANISERS lost more than four hours of play on the outer courts when a third day of high temperatures at the Australian Open forced them to enact their ‘Extreme Heat Policy’ on Thursday.The policy was put into force at 1.50 pm local time (02.50 GMT) as the mercury headed towards a peak of 43.4 degrees Celsius (110 Fahrenheit) and no play was possible until 6 pm.In a bizarre turn of events, less than two hours after the resumption, the players were forced off the courts again by lightning and rain.Play continued on the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena through both stoppages after the retractable roofs over the main showcourts were closed.Organisers had been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday and the decision to stop play was largely welcomed.“I think it’s everybody saying that sometimes it’s even too hot,” said Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Olga Govortsova 6-0 7-5 under the closed roof on Hisense Arena.“Some of the girls can’t even talk after the match or practise. You can see who played a match, you know. Just so red.“Today was really, really hard. Even indoors was ridiculous.”Under a change to the rules for this year, the decision on whether to stop matches at the tournament is now at the discretion of tournament referee Wayne McKewen.Rather than use the raw Celsius readings to assess the heat, organisers prefer to use the Wet Bulb Global Temperature composite, which also gauges humidity and wind to identify the perceived conditions.“Today the key parameters to determine whether play should be suspended were reached,” said the tournament’s chief medical officer Dr Tim Wood.“The ongoing forecast was for even warmer conditions and therefore the decision was made to suspend play on the outside courts until weather conditions improved.”With players having to finish the ongoing set before play ceased or the roofs were closed, however, Maria Sharapova’s match on Rod Laver Arena continued in the full glare of the sun for 50 minutes after the policy was enacted.The third seed eventually finished off Italian Karin Knapp 6-3 4-6 10-8 to reach the third round.“There is no way getting around the fact that the conditions were extremely difficult, and have been for the last few days,” Sharapova told reporters.“It’s a tough call. I mean, I think the question I have is no one really knows what the limit is.“Not the players nor the trainers themselves when you ask them when will the roof be closed.”American Varvara Lepchenko clearly struggled in the heat in the first match on court eight, which she lost 4-6 6-0 6-1 to Romanian Simona Halep.“I think they definitely should have not started the matches at first place,” Lepchenko, who had to be iced down during one changeover, said.“I think they should have started the matches after the temperature cooled down a little bit because this is just too much.“Obviously it is very dangerous if someone has conditions with their heart or anything like that or just being in this temperature it’s almost like going to the sauna.”On Tuesday, when temperatures peaked at 42.2 degrees, Canadian Frank Dancevic passed out during his first round match and accused organisers of forcing players to play in “inhumane” conditions.Ivan Dodig became the 10th player to retire in the first three days of the tournament on Wednesday and said he feared for his life after being rendered immobile by the heat on the exposed outer courts.Twelve doubles matches scheduled for day four were cancelled and will be played at a future date.The hot weather is forecast to continue through Friday before a dramatic drop in temperatures at the weekend.Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6-2 6-4 6-2Donald Young (U.S.) beat 24-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-4 2-6 6-3 4-6 7-56-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) 6-2 6-1 7-6(4)10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-416-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) 6-1 6-1 7-6(3)Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday5-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-0 7-510-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 6-0 1-6 6-23-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-3 4-6 10-8Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-316-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) 7-6(2) 3-6 8-625-Alize Cornet (France) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 4-6 6-420-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-0 6-111-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 4-6 6-0 6-1Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Olivia Rogowska (Australia) 6-4 7-529-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-2 6-2Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 6-4 6-0last_img read more

Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’

first_imgView comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Bosh has watched Heat games on television, continues to have a spot in the team locker room and is in contact with some players from time to time. He hasn’t been around the team, though, and said not having the sort of schedule that he grew used to during his 13 NBA seasons was more difficult to deal with than he would have envisioned.“I think one of the interesting things that I didn’t anticipate was my mental health, and that’s something that as athletes we have to take into regard because we’re used to a set schedule and we’re used to a certain type of world,” Bosh said. “And that’s something that I’ve really had to work on for my well-being.”Bosh will continue as an analyst for Turner for the next four Mondays, running through March 27.The Heat played Monday night in Dallas, and when the highlights of the Mavericks’ victory were shown the in-studio conversation between Bosh, Webber and fellow analysts Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis turned to Miami.Bosh lauded what the Heat have done in salvaging the season after an 11-30 start, adding that he is “proud of a lot of the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT “I think you just have a bunch of young guys trying to figure it out right now,” Bosh said. “But they’re scrappy. I know one thing — they’re going to prepare. They’re going to play hard every night. … The system is the system, they’re going to run that system and they’re going to roll it out with their guys.”Bosh did not offer any hints about his future, nor did he specifically say that he plans on returning to the NBA.Because he has been sidelined for more than a year, the Heat can choose at any time to initiate a process where his contract would be removed from their salary cap. It’s unclear when the Heat will choose to do so, though with Bosh owed more than $52 million over the next two seasons — money he is guaranteed — it is certain Miami will seek the cap relief at some point before next summer.Bosh also didn’t reveal what he tells his kids when they ask about his comeback plans.“I’m getting pressure from them too,” Bosh said.Bosh has been selected to 11 All-Star teams, and helped Miami win NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. He turns 33 on March 24.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguilar, Mangosong renew rivalry in Diamond Motor Supercross Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “My health is great,” Bosh said during Monday night’s initial broadcast. “I’m feeling good, still working out and just really still staying ready.”Bosh said even his children are asking when he’s returning to the NBA, but he did not discuss any specifics about either that or whether he’s still battling the blood clots that derailed his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons — both times at the All-Star break. Bosh remains under contract with the Miami Heat, but has not been with the team this season after failing a physical in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis last NBA game was Feb. 9, 2016. A blood clot was found in his calf two days later, he went back on bloodthinning medication and his playing future has been most uncertain ever since.“I can’t imagine what you’re going through,” Players Only studio host Chris Webber told Bosh during Monday’s broadcast. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh smiles during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Miami and Duke in Coral Gables, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 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