THE MOST INTENSE heatwave in 100 years is melting southern Australia this week, including Melbourne — the site of 2014 Australian Open.
Temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius during yesterday’s action making for unbearable and, at times, unplayable conditions.
With temperatures remaining at least the late 30s until the weekend, it could be the hottest Australian Open ever.
Here’s why we’re more than happy to still need a coat.
The sun beams down on the Rod Laver Arena
Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova ices down her face
That wise old sage Roger Federer limbers up in the shade
Kei Nishikori looks in some distress
Italy’s Camila Giorgi turned hot pink
Frank Dancevic of Canada passed all the way out
The ice didn’t stop Jelena Jankovic burning her legs on a chair
Even the locals couldn’t hack it, here’s Bernard Tomic wringing wet before being forced to retire
Rafa Nadal was dripping with sweat while overcoming Tomic…
…so naturally he took his shirt off
A ball boy passed out despite that fetching protective headgear
Serena Williams said the temperatures made her paranoid
The fans who stuck it out had to cover their faces
The wise ones cooled off by the mist machine
All images via Press Association Images