AgenciesMelbourne: Australian Open organisers defended their heat policy on Friday as Roger Federer downplayed the oven-like conditions on court, saying players should be fit enough to deal with it. Novak Djokovic on Thursday described the conditions as "brutal", complaining it was hard to breathe and they were "right on the limit". Organisers will only activate the extreme heat policy and halt play or close roofs when the temperature exceeds 40 Celsius and the Wet Bulb Globe temperature index hits 32.5 Celsius. For the players there's ice vests, there's longer periods of rest and they of course have shade on their chairs," he added. "If you want to get to the top, you've got to play in all conditions," he said.
Source: The Telegraph January 19, 2018 21:33 UTC