Stats amazing! Melbourne mercury high and rising


Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:21

At 9.30am at Melbourne Park on Wednesday the mercury on the tournament’s official thermometers read a modest 25.8 Celsius.

Ninety-minutes later as Carla Suarez Navarro and Elena Dementieva walked on court the readings had crept up to a brow-dampening 36.6 Celsius.

At one oclock in the afternoon as Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova entered the Rod Laver Arena the temperature had risen to 40.7 degrees.

Forty-five minutes later the tournaments Extreme Heat Policy was enforced with the reading at an eye-watering 41.8 degrees.

And just as fans, players and officials were thinking it couldnt possibly get any hotter, it did. At five past four it peaked at 44.2 degrees.

Oh, and at 6pm it was still 43.9 degrees.


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.