PLAYERS and spectators are once again having to shield themselves from searing 30C heat at the Australian Open.
And there is bad news for players and fans alike… it’s only going to get hotter.
The thermometer is set to creep over 37C tomorrow, which will remind supporters of the staggering heatwave of 2014, where the thermostat hit 41C.
But Aussie fans are well accustomed to sweating while supporting their stars.
The stands have been packed with onlookers wrapped in headscarves, peeling back vests and strappy tops, while soaking up the rays.
Players have been making the most of their breaks to cool down as well, like Ukrainian ace Marta Kostyuk, who was pictured with an ice pack on top of her head, to keep from overheating.
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Rafan Nadal was also on court, showing off his famous guns in a sleeveless vest with pink sweat bands adorned.
Meanwhile Alexandr Dolgopolov got bothered as well as hot in his match against Australia’s Matthew Ebden.
The 29-year-old’s footwear became dislodged during the encounter and he did not look happy with the umpire or his shoe manufacturers.
Meanwhile Timea Babos of Hungary had an Anna Kournikova-style wardrobe issue as her skirt got a little high on court.
And Nick Kyrgios managed to maintain a cool head for once, as he breezed past Viktor Troicki in straight sets.
Meanwhile there was a bizarre exchange after Roger Federer’s match the previous day as he beat Aljaz Bedene.
John McEnroe was in charge of the post-match interviews when Anchorman star Will Ferrell – dressed in character as Ron Burgundy – came over and continued the quiz.
Ferrell asked: “Roger, tonight you seemed like a gazelle out there on the court. Would you describe your game as like a silky gazelle?”
Federer replied, to roars of laughter from the packed Rod Laver Arena crowd: “Maybe not. Don’t they get eaten at the end?”
Ferrell said: “Not if they’re fast enough.”
Further probing from Ferrell included whether Federer was a witch or a vampire to be so young at 36 and whether the secret to his Aussie Open success was a diet of wombat meat.