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Australian Open 2013: How do players handle sweltering heat?
Besides the heat of the competition, athletes taking part in the Australian Open have to face temperatures hovering around 40 degree Celsius, which takes a heavy toll on them. To protect themselves, athletes take various measures like wearing ice bag mufflers around their necks.

It is due to this hot weather that players get thirsty and consume lot of water and juices etc. Drinking water could help the player to prevent dehydration as well. These players also try to cool themselves off by placing cold water towels around their necks, which act as a great relief. Some players like Maria Kirilenko prefer a long ice-bag like muffler around their neck to beat the heat.

Those players, who have their matches scheduled during day time, have their work cut-out, as compared to players playing during night. So, players prefer to stay off the court as much as possible by finishing the matches as quickly as possible – winning in straight sets. But, sometimes this could take a huge toll, as they could give their all in the first three sets which drains them completely. One can't help stop wondering as to what happens to players whose matches stretch to five sets and three sets in men's and women's singles.

The organisers of the tournament are aware of the sweltering heat. They have, as a result also allowed the retractable roofs to be opened, which also allows the breeze, if any, to come inside the stadium. Ice vests have also been used by players to cope up with the heat. After the players finish the match, they involve themselves into massages – good way of relaxing- so as to get in shape for the next round match.

Some players are aware of the conditions that would greet them in Australia. Hence, they train under hot conditions to be fit for the first grand slam of the year.

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