Monday, April 27, 2015   

Female player calls for medical help at Australian tennis oven in Melbourne, play suspended
(01-16 11:46)

Australian organizers suspended play at the Australian Open today after temperatures hit 41.7 degrees Celsius for the third day. One more player required medical attention today. (Pictured American Varvara Lepchenko gets urgent medical help)
The playing conditions have been condemned for resembling a ‘frying pan’ and a player said yesterday he feared a fatal outcome n the burning heat. Others have likened Melbourne Park to a furnace.
Players will complete their current sets before a suspension of at least one hour, a spokeswoman said, while the roofs will be closed on the center and second courts.
The tournament's opening days have been dominated by complaints over blistering heat. Players have withdrawn with injuries, collapsed, fainted and vomited. Some have warned of serious health problems.
Temperatures were forecast to reach 44 degrees Celsius today and remain high on Friday before cooling sharply on Saturday.
America's Varvara Lepchenko was the latest victim today when she had her pulse and blood-pressure checked and was rubbed down with ice by staff during a medical time-out.
Temperatures had already reached 38 degrees Celsius as play started at 11am local time. Players shrouded themselves in ice packs and gulped drinks at the changeovers.
--AFP
   
Other Sports breaking news:
(Marathon) Ethiopian Tigist Tufa breaks Kenyan hold (1 hr 25 mins ago)
(Wheelchair marathon) Americans dominate (1 hr 30 mins ago)
(Marathon) Radcliffe ends emotional run (1 hr 32 mins ago)
(Marathon) Kenyan Kipchoge leads sweep in London (1 hr 33 mins ago)
(Football) Rummenigge hails Bayern’s 25th Bundesliga title (1 hr 40 mins ago)
(Boxing) Everything over the top for mega fight (1 hr 47 mins ago)
(Football) Arsenal delay the inevitable for Blues (1 hr 54 mins ago)
(Football) Peers recognize Hazard (2 hrs ago)
(Football) Lyon make it count (2 hrs 2 mins ago)
(Football) Real Madrid stay in title hunt (2 hrs 28 mins ago)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.