Melbourne: Organisers on Monday reassured players their safety was paramount at the Australian Open, saying no one had ever died from extreme heat at a tennis tournament while warning of the dangers of over-drinking. (Ferrer, Wawrinka in round 2)
Temperatures were forecast to hover above 40C (104F) over the next four days but tournament officials said plans were in place to look after the players in the sweltering conditions. (Kimiko out in first round)
"Tennis, as a sport, is relatively low risk for major heat problems compared to football and continuous running events," the tournament's chief medical officer Tim Wood said.