Mate, It’s a Scorcher, Ay? Australian Open Is Hot Enough to Fry an Egg

But did someone forget the bacon?

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Updated: 6:30 a.m. EST

The excruciating heat at this year’s Australian Open has caused water bottles to melt, Canadian Frank Dancevic to faint, and — yes, you guessed it — eggs to fry.

The intense heat reached 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) around 2 p.m. during Thursday’s matches, triggering organizers’ “extreme heat policy” which forced all outdoor afternoon games to be postponed until early evening. But ultimately most matches were canceled for the day after lightning and thunderstorms rolled in around 6:30 p.m.

Friday is expected to be just as hot for the Australian Open, leading to some creative solutions for players. Leading sports scientist Dr. Ross Tucker has the solution to the players’ woes — and no, it’s not a serving of beans and bacon. It’s bikram yoga.

“If you go there and you’re not prepared for the heat, it’s not going to be your Grand Slam,” Dr. Tucker, who has previously worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee, told CNN.

Fourth-ranked Andy Murray could be proof of that: during his past five years as a bikram yoga practitioner he has been a finalist in the notoriously hot tournament three times.

Whether or not the Scotsman will feel comfortable enough to try out a cobra pose on this skillet of a hardcourt remains to be seen.


This post has been updated to reflect the cancellation of some Thursday matches due to heat and rain.


Why don't they just change the dates of this tournament to a time when the heat will be bearable? Why is early January sacrosant?


Where in Australia is this event being held?  Thats almost like saying it is in the US. Or is the Whole continent that hot?  Also, because you stuck a photo with what looks like a tennis player on it I can assume it is not a golf tournament.  Maybe it is Ping Pong?


Of all the ways Time/ Per Liljas could have gone with this article you went with yoga.. Really! Not environment, global warming health or physics.

You make the leap that Murray is at the open because he is prepared for the heat with bikram yoga. Not that he's just a great athlete who is in excellent condition.


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