Australian Open melts in 30C summer heat as players bake on court and fans shield from sun in stands

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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.

 Ukrainian ace Marta Kostyuk was pictured with an actual ice pack on top of her head

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Ukrainian ace Marta Kostyuk was pictured with an actual ice pack on top of her head

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.

 One fan donned a vest and flippable sunglasses in the Melbourne heat

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One fan donned a vest and flippable sunglasses in the Melbourne heat
 One cooling fan blasted out cold air in Melbourne as kids made the most of the chill

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One cooling fan blasted out cold air in Melbourne as kids made the most of the chill
 Timea Babos of Hungary had an Anna Kournikova-style wardrobe issue as her skirt got a little high on court

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Timea Babos of Hungary had an Anna Kournikova-style wardrobe issue as her skirt got a little high on court
 Players made the most of cold towels with ice inside during their breaks in play

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Players made the most of cold towels with ice inside during their breaks in play
 Fans used anything they could to protect themselves from the sunshine

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Fans used anything they could to protect themselves from the sunshine
 Rod Laver Arena looked stunning in the Melbourne dusk as temperatures finally cooled off for the evening

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Rod Laver Arena looked stunning in the Melbourne dusk as temperatures finally cooled off for the evening

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.

 One supporter pulls a material over her face

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One supporter pulls a material over her face
 Another onlooker holds a classic Japanese fan to cool herself down

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Another onlooker holds a classic Japanese fan to cool herself down
 Alexandr Dolgopolov got bothered as well as hot in his match against Australia's Matthew Ebden when he dislodged a shoe

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Alexandr Dolgopolov got bothered as well as hot in his match against Australia’s Matthew Ebden when he dislodged a shoe
 The Ukrainian was forced to tie his laces a bit tighter

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The Ukrainian was forced to tie his laces a bit tighter
 Players all over Melbourne Park were seen with towels over their heads

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Players all over Melbourne Park were seen with towels over their heads
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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.

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