Rise and shine to you all on a hot day here at the Australian Open! Supposedly up to 102 degrees today here. So far it’s overcast.
Your opponent is not the only one out there! The sun and the heat are not to be underestimated! If it’s not match day, players try to stay out of the sun as much a possible and try to avoid practicing in the mid day sun/heat. Therefore they try to practice early between 8:30 and 11 a.m., or they even go indoors like Serena Williams did yesterday for her session.
The Australian Tennis Federation ha built a new indoors facility called NTC (National Tennis Center) where the players can go to have their hit indoors.
The players therefore start drinking lots of fluids even one or two days before the match day!
Because they are aware that Melbourne is usually hot, they and their teams make sure they do everything to avoid possible heat exhaustions or even a heat stroke on court. Electrolytes are being added to their drinks because through sweating a lot of these get lost.