Extreme Heat Policy. 1. The Extreme Heat Policy comes into play when daytime temperatures hit 35 degrees celsius; 2. Once the heat policy is invoked players are only required to complete the current set of a match that is underway; and, 3. all players are to be reminded to drink fluids to avoid dehydration and heat stroke before, during and after the match.
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Extreme Heat Policy (EHP) The Australian Open will implement the AO Heat Stress Scale at AO19. The Heat Stress Scale will be used to measure four climate factors - radiant heat (strength of the sun), air temperature in the shade, relative humidity and wind speed. These will be measured at five positions around the precinct, including on court in Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena.
The extreme heat policy came under criticism during the 2014 Australian Open after ballboys, attendants in the stands, and players were suffering various heat-related illnesses due to 4 consecutive days with highs between 41.5 and 43.9 °C (106.7 and 111.0 °F), but organizers claimed the humidity remained low enough on all but one day for the policy not to be enforced; tournament referee Wayne McKewen said that "While conditions were hot and uncomfortable, the relatively low level of ...
The Australian Open is introducing a new heat policy called the AO Heat Stress Scale, which provides a broader assessment of weather conditions.
The Tennis Australia Anti-Doping Policy is the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy, effective from 1 January 2021, and found here on the Sport Integrity Australia website. All members, participants and non-participants (including players, coaches, support personnel and administrators) in the sport of tennis are bound by this policy.
Please be advised the Tennis Australia Extreme Weather Policy has been updated upon consultation. The updated policy was presented and approved by the Tennis Australia board and takes effect as of November 25, 2019. Please note that the main update was the reintroduction of ambient temperature in determining the suspension of play. Please click here to review the updated policy.
At the time, Tennis Australia policy was that play would only be suspended at the referee’s discretion if air temperatures exceeded 40°C and Wet Bulb Globe Temperature – a metric which ...