OFFICIALS PLAY DOWN EXTREME HEAT RISK AT OPEN

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MELBOURNE: Organizers on Monday reassured players their safety was paramount at the Australian Open, saying no one had ever died from extreme heat at a tennis tournament while warning of the dangers of over-drinking. Temperatures were forecast to hover above 40C (104F) over the next four days but tournament officials said plans were in place to look after the players in the sweltering conditions. “Tennis, as a sport, is relatively low risk for major heat problems compared to football and continuous running events. Certainly, in the next four days the players will have plenty of chance to acclimatize,” the tournament’s chief medical officer Tim Wood said.

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