Australian Open updates extreme heat policy with 10-minute breaks allowedAustralian Open: Players have previously complained of health and safety risks under the extreme heat of Melbourne.advertisement Reuters MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 10:27 IST Australian Open takes place in the summer Down Under, leading to extremely hot days. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian Open is set to begin from January 14 in MelbourneTennis Australia to introduce a new “Heat Stress Scale” at the tournamentWhen the scale reaches five, the tournament referee can suspend matches on outside courtsPlayers in the men’s draw at the Australian Open will be allowed 10-minute breaks during matches as part of an updated extreme heat policy at the year’s first Grand Slam.Melbourne Park regularly sees days of scorching weather and organisers have come under fire from players who have complained of health and safety risks under the previous heat regime.Tennis Australia said it would introduce a new “Heat Stress Scale” at the January 14-27 tournament after conducting research with thermal experts at the University of Sydney.The scale ranges from one to five, with one denoting “temperate playing conditions” and five triggering the suspension of play, the governing body said in a statement on Saturday.Men will now join women in being permitted 10-minute breaks during extreme heat conditions, tournament director Craig Tiley said.”In the men’s singles a 10-minute break will be allowed after the third set when a four (4.0) is recorded on the AO HSS (heat stress scale) prior to or during the first three sets of the match,” TA said.When the scale reaches five, the tournament referee can suspend matches on outside courts and decide to close the roof on the three show-courts, Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena, which was formerly known as Hisense Arena.The updated policy also introduces 15-minute breaks for wheelchair players.Also Read | Roger Federer warms up for Australian Open with some tennis on the sandAlso Read | Rafael Nadal excited about new season following quick recovery after knee surgeryAlso See: Roger Federer’s 2018 Australian Open victoryadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow TennisFollow Melbourne ParkFollow Tennis Australia Next
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