The climatic issues of the United States and Australia couldn’t be more poles apart (no pun intended). While Niagara Falls froze over in the US due to the Polar Vortex, the Aussies are currently experiencing the worse heat wave in years.
Temperatures Down Under have gone up as high as 50C (122F). It is so hot in Melbourne these days that even the ongoing Australian Open has been affected by it. Earlier today, the tournament’s organizers decided that conditions weren’t conducive for tennis, and so the play had to be suspended for four hours.
Check out how some of the players responded to the news that they didn’t have to step outside in the scorching heat:
Happy to get off the court quickly. Very hot out there today. Happy with my match today. http://t.co/D4g60SZ4pu— Kei Nishikori (@keinishikori) January 16, 2014
He should be happy. Check out what he had to do in his second round win over Dusan Lajovic:
While everything around us is BURNING,Pat Rafter and I found some high protection sun cream. Protect yourself people! pic.twitter.com/DMfInPX65c— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 16, 2014
Some more reactions:
One fan used the sun-exposed court as a frying pan:
Svetlana Kuznetsova had an advice for the management:
They should cancel the matches at this heat. What they did but still some matches are on, not fair.— Svetlana Kuznetsova (@SvetlanaK27) January 16, 2014
Her fellow Russian Elena Vesnina agreed…
Impossible to play in this heat..it's only about surviving.Forget about Beauty of the Tennis!??— Elena Vesnina (@EVesnina001) January 16, 2014
While so many of these tennis stars took to Twitter to express their grief, Andy Murray did not. You know why? That’s because he does Bikram Yoga – which conditions athletes to perform well even in extreme heat and humidity.
While others were busy moaning on Twitter, take a look at how Jerzy Janowicz found some relief:
Jerzy is one clever fella. Want to see what some of his colleagues have been trying to battle the mighty sun’s wrath?
Even David Ferrer – who is known for his crazy stamina and is nicknamed ‘The Little Beast’ for it – was feelin’ it.
Unfortunately, the heat wave is unlikely to subside tomorrow, if the latest weather forecast is to be believed. Check this out: