History made as spate of US Open retirements forces ATP to implement extreme heat policy
History was made at the US Open on Tuesday as an Extreme Heat Policy was implemented with temperatures approaching 100 degrees.
The policy meant that, just after 1pm local time, the USTA released a statement announcing that men would be offered a 10-minute break after the third set in affected matches.
Novak Djokovic’s match against Marton Fucsovics was the highest profile match to be affected, with the Serb requiring medical attention court-side for heat exhaustion.
“I want to thank the US Open for allowing us to have the 10-minute break, because we both needed it,” Djokovic said on court after his four-set victory.
“The rule was that we weren’t allowed to speak to any of our team members in the locker room.
“My physio was a couple of feet away from each other and we were kind of winking at each other and giving each other signs about what I was supposed to do or not do.
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“Marton and I were in ice baths, one next to the other. We were naked in the ice baths and it was quite a wonderful feeling.
“You battle with a guy for two and a half hours and then you get in the locker room, you haven’t finished the match and you get into the locker room and you’re naked in the ice baths.”
There were a spate of retirements through the day as the heat gripped competitors.
Stefano Travaglia quit against Hubert Hurkacz and Leonardo Mayer followed suit against Laslo Djere. Shortly after, Ricardas Berankis withdrew against Hyeon Chung with the tournament referee citing the cause as “heat illness”.
Travaglia said after his retirement: “At the end of the third set I asked for the physio.
“After I had treatment I just could hardly move. I couldn’t walk straight. After one or two games I started cramping, but that wasn’t my main problem.
“I didn’t want to take a risk. I tried to play tennis, but when I was two sets to one down and two breaks down in the fourth set I didn’t think it made any sense to carry on.”
“I think the temperature was 36C or 37C, but it felt even hotter than that on court.
“When you have only 25 seconds between the points, with this weather and a lot of humidity, it’s not possible.
“It was really difficult for all the players.”
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