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ATP to consider adopting women's tour-type heat policy following Australian Open 'meltdown'

Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 2:57pm IST | Agency: ANI

Men's tennis governing body, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) will reportedly discuss whether it needs to adopt a heat policy in the wake of the gruelling conditions that have dominated the first week of the Australian Open.

The temperature at Melbourne Park peaked at a scorching 42.2C and players were struggling again - although there was no repeat of the distressing and dramatic scenes from earlier in the week - and some competitors feel it is time to bring in guidelines.

According to The Independent, unlike the women's tour which has since 1992 a heat rule, the ATP has no such clearly defined policy with the 2014 Australian Open adopting the WTA's heat rule, although new ATP president Chris Kermode said that there were divergent opinions among the players about the heat rules.

However, Kermode also said that they need to make sure that players are very clear when they step out on to the court about during what temperature the roof needs to go on or a game has to be stopped.

The top players have coped better than most with the heat here and have not been complaining, with Roger Federer and David Ferrer saying that although the heat is uncomfortable, it is always hot in Australia this time of the year.

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