The Australian Open was founded in 1905 and located in Melbourne, Australia. This major tennis tournament is held annually as the first of the four Grand Slam Tennis events of the year. The other three Grand Slam Tennis tournaments are the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The Australian Open features men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles and junior’s championships.
With blazing heat ranging from 108 to 111 degrees, defending champion Novak Djokovic and top seeded Serena Williams made quick work of the competition as well as the unbearable heat. Serena Williams took just 63 minutes to defeat Vesna Dolonc 6-1 6-2, as Novak Djokovic made light of the intense heat and ease his way into the third round of the Australian Open.
The Australian heat quickly took control of the competition with players fainting and on-court vomiting during the third day. As some of the players fought through the increasing heat, others were not as lucky. Croatia’s Ivan Dodig was the major victim of the conditions as he was forced to retire after two hours and 22 minutes of a lively match against Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur on court 13.
“Today, 30 minutes after the match I could not walk,” said Dodig afterwards. “I was thinking I could maybe even die here.”
After the relief of a ‘cooler’ third day, Thursday promises a high 111ºF, threatening the 2009 record of 112.1ºF.
While the temperature is extremely hot in Australia, Columbus winter weather remains frigid. This makes for a great opportunity to play indoor tennis at Scarborough East Tennis. You can improve your game during the winter months so when it comes time to play outside, your game will be in full swing, just like the professional players!
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