Wimbledon: Ball boy collapses, player feels dizzy on record heat day



The searing heat at Wimbledon appeared to take its toll as a ball boy collapsed during John Isner’s second-round match with Matthew Ebden.

On the hottest day on record in Wimbledon history, with the temperature topping 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius) – and a terrific day for American women – both Williams sisters won second-round matches: 16th-seeded Venus beat 95th-ranked Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4, while top-seeded Serena defeated 93rd-ranked Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 6-1. It allows for a ten-minute break between the second and third sets in women’s and girls’ singles matches, at the request of one player, when the heat stress index has reached 30.1C. The heat stress index factors in temperature along with humidity and surface temperature.

After Andy Murray’s victorious first match on Tuesday, in which the Scot said he was “glad to get off in three sets” because of the heat, his mother called for the heat rule to be introduced for men. “I think it’s just surprising because it’s happening in England, where it usually doesn’t”, Keys said.

While there are guidelines in place for the women, there are no such measures in place for the men, leaving the decision up to the tournament referee.

“Why would that be?”

Wee bit of reverse sexism there, no? “There was a period where I missed like 10 or 12 first serves in a row and let him back into it there”, Murray said.

“The tournament directors rule the ATP too much in my opinion”.

Wimbledon’s quirky requirement for players to be dressed “almost entirely in white” – preventing the appearance of unsightly sweat stains – really comes into its own on such days. The Australian said he’s had trouble sleeping all week because of the hot weather.

But the weather had turned significantly cooler by Thursday morning and showers in south west London meant play on the outside courts couldn’t begin as scheduled at 1030GMT.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer shrugged off melting temps as innate to the sport.

Most Australians wouldn’t be bothered by temperatures in the mid to low 30s, with crowds flocking to Melbourne Park in recent years in 40-plus degrees.

Wimbledon’s referee, Andrew Jarrett, said on Tuesday that the WTA heat rule has been implemented twice before, in 2006 and 2009. Is it fair or not? “Who am I to say?” I don’t know if there was a passenger or not. “I have to serve very well to have any chance of winning”.

Tomic will need a good night’s sleep before his next match – against defending champion Novak Djokovic. “For us it’s just an hour two, three, four max, I’d say”.

“I think if they make a heat rule, it’s nearly for everybody around us, as well”, said the 33-year-old Swiss after beating Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia. “We can play tennis”. As you can see in the photos all of the WAGS are known for being in the stands at Wimbledon to watch their husbands or boyfriends play so keep an eye out for them on the TV coverage of Wimbledon in 2015. By mid afternoon it was blazing.

Like Isner, Maria Sharapova trains in Florida and said she’s used to hotter temperatures.

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