Australian Open 2023: Extreme heat, rain force 22 matches to be rescheduled on Day 2

Extreme heat and monsoonal rain in Melbourne have actually resulted in numerous hold-ups at the Australian Open. An overall of 22 of the Day 2 songs matches initially set up for Tuesday — 12 females’s, 10 guys’s — needed to be rescheduled for Wednesday.

About 3 hours into the day session of the very first Grand Slam of the season, temperature levels reached 97 degrees Fahrenheit. The competition’s Heat Stress Scale — which determines convected heat (strength of the sun), air temperature level in the shade, relative humidity and wind speed — reached its optimum limit of 5, which suspended play on the outside courts. 

“The AO Heat Stress Scale has reached 5 and play will be suspended on the outside courts,” the competition revealed on social networks. “This means play continues until the end of an even number of games or the completion of a tie break. No new matches will be called to court. Play on outdoor practice courts is also suspended.”

Around 5 p.m. regional time matches had the ability to resume. However, 3 hours later rain began boiling down. 

Matches stopped and began up until all outdoors courts were ultimately noted as “closed.” Matches that had actually not yet resumed or had not begun were transferred to Wednesday, when more rain is anticipated. One of those matches consists of No. 8 Daria Kasatkina vs. American Sloane Stephens. 

Play continued in the primary program courts that have a roofing system. No. 4 seed Caroline Garcia beat Katherine Sebov 6-3 6-0 at Rod Laver Arena.

“I have to admit on Rod Laver Arena it was pretty nice. Obviously it was warm. It was nice to be able to walk in the shadow a little bit when you were able to serve but I didn’t feel that (it was) such warm weather,” Garcia stated, per Reuters.

No. 2 Ons Jabeur was likewise able to play her match versus Tamara Zidansek. She made it through an upset scare and won 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1.

Novak Djokovic, who had not played in Rod Laver Arena because 2021, avoided the weather condition concerns and commemorated his return with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 success over Carballes Baena in 2 hours and 2 minutes. Andy Murray likewise took the court at Rod Laver Arena and beat Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-6).

Women’s matches rescheduled without starting play:

  • No. 8 Daria Kasatkina vs. Varvara Gracheva
  • Lucrezia Stefanini vs. Tatjana Maria
  • No. 23 Zhang Shuai vs. Patricia Maria Tig
  • Mayar Sherif vs. Magda Linette
  • No. 27 Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Elizabeth Mandlik
  • Lucia Bronzetti vs. Laura Siegemund
  • No. 14 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia vs. Nuria Parrizas Diaz
  • Sloane Stephens vs. Anastasia Potapova

Women’s matches rescheduled that begun however not ended up:

  • Donna Vekic leads Oksana Selekhmeteva 6-2, 2-6, 6-6(5-1)
  • Lauren Davis leads Danka Kovinic 1-6, 7-5, 4-1
  • Claire Liu leads Madison Brengle 4-2
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj leads Marketa Vondrousova 4-1

Men’s matches rescheduled without starting play:

  • Denis Kudla vs. Roman Safuillin
  • Enzo Couacaud vs. Hugo Dellien

Men’s matches rescheduled that begun however not ended up:

  • Thanasi Kokkinakis leads Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2, 4-2
  • John Isner leads Adrian Mandarin 7-6 (7-5), 3-4
  • Brandon Holt leads Aleksander Vukic 6-4, 1-6, 4-2
  • No. 24 Roberto Bautista Agut leads Jaoa Sousa 6-3, 6-1
  • Ugh Humbert leads Richard Gasquet 2-1
  • Emil Ruusuvuori leads Max Purcell 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-6
  • Maxime Cressy leads Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 3-6, 2-2
  • Michel Mmoh leads Laurent Lokoli 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 3-1

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