In Photos: Dealing With the Hot Conditions at the US Open

As temperatures soar in New York, we take a look at how the players and fans deal with the hot conditions at the US Open, where it was described as “dangerous” as five men had to retire from their first-round matches on Tuesday alone.

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Temperatures have been soaring in New York. Temperatures close to 38C (100F) were made more stifling by humidity levels of over 50%. French player Julien Benneteau, who won on day two, said matches in the middle of the day should not have been played. ‘They were lucky they only had retirements,’ said the world No 60.

Photograph: Javier Garcia/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

A tennis fan tries to stay cool. Six players were forced to retire from matches on Tuesday, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) saying five of the withdrawals – Italian qualifier Stefano Travaglia, Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, Argentine Leonardo Mayer, Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny and Serb Filip Krajinovic – were ‘heat-related’.

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Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny lays on the court while suffering from heat exhaustion during his match against Marcos Baghdatis.

Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Sweat drips off Rafael Nadal.

Photograph: Javier Garcia/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

A fan has ice placed on their chest as temperatures rose to 98 F (37C) with a heat index of 107 F (41C) during the second day. The conditions led to tournament organisers implementing an extreme heat policy in men’s matches for the first time.

Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Doug Cronk dips a towel into a fountain outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dangerously high heat in the northeastern United States has prompted emergency measures including extra breaks for players.

Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

Stan Wawrinka pours water on his face during a changeover in his match against Ugo Humbert.

Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP

A man uses a park sprinkler to cool off.

Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

A worker delivers cases of water to a concession stand.

Photograph: Darron Cummings/AP

Anhelina Kalinina copes with the extreme heat while playing Sloane Stephens.

Photograph: Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports

 

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