A second day of stifling heat and humidity caused havoc at the You.S. Open on Tuesday, compelling tournament organizers to implement specific rules to provide relief intended for suffering players.
With temperatures soaring above 90 Fahrenheit (32C) in the midst of crushing humidity, the United States Practicing tennis Association (USTA) said the 10-minute warmth break that women players are granted between the second in addition to third sets would be prolonged to the men.
“Upon the counsel of the U.S. Open medical team, the Extreme Temperature Policy will be implemented promptly for men’s matches,” any USTA said in a statement.
“The boys will be offered a 10-minute break up between the third and fourth set.
“This Tournament Referee, along with the health care team, will continue to monitor on-site conditions, to determine when the Extreme Heat Plan will no longer be in effect.”
At least two players retired coming from first-round matches on Tuesday due to the temperature, said USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier.
“Everybody always talks about how sizzling Melbourne is but the U.S. Open’s way a whole lot worse,” 2011 U.S. Start champion Samantha Stosur of Australia explained after her first-round loss.
No pain relief was in sight as popular temperatures and humid air were expected at the event again on Wednesday.
Seventh-seeded Croat Marin Cilic referred to as the conditions brutal and proclaimed they were made worse by the intro of a shot clock in 2010 to speed up play.
“You might be that you are under the shot clock so it’s not easy to arrange even after some long rallies,” he explained after his first-round victory.
Earlier on Tuesday, a fan collapsed while in the stands at the sun-exposed court Eighteen during Czech Petra Kvitova’s win over Yanina Wickmayer, allowing the chair umpire to halt play although emergency medical personnel visited.
Elsewhere, fans crowded into the sketchy sections of the tournament’s a couple stadiums and fanned themselves intensely while taking in the first-round steps.
Organizers urged everyone attending the 50th edition of the world-class in Flushing Meadows Area to drink plenty of water and use sun block to protect themselves.
Yet they said we can not close the roof about either of the two stadiums as a consequence of heat.
The new 14,000-seat Louis Remedy Stadium does not have an air health system but relies on a different natural ventilation system, which is to be severely put to the test.
The roofs on the Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong arenas will likely be shut on Exclusive, however, as rain is forecast which is expected to bring relief from the heat. It could additionally throw a wrench in the tournament’s busy schedule.
As for the players that have to cope with the sweltering circumstances, it is all part of the brutal exam that is the fourth and closing Grand Slam of the year.
“It’ohydrates one of the reasons the U.Verts. Open is the toughest exam in tennis,” Widmaier told Reuters.
Several avid gamers requested medical attention due to the temperature during their matches on Wednesday while some on the women’s facet opted to take advantage of your 10-minute heat break.