Australian Open FIVE things we’ve learned – Dan Evans feels hot in victory

Tennis’s ‘Netflix curse’ is the talk of the town in Melbourne as Dan Evans feels the 100-degree heat as he reaches round two… FIVE things you may have missed at the Australian Open

  • Play was suspended at the tournament due to scorching temperatures in Melbourne
  • Ukraine’s ambassador in Canberra complained about a fan’s Russian flag
  • Injuries and early defeats plague main characters in Netflix documentary
  • Sportsmail delves into the five things we learned from day two of the competition

The Australian Open is in full swing and there has already been plenty of action around and on the courts.

The scorching heat of Melbourne has been one of the toughest opponents for many players so far, including Britain’s Dan Evans, who was hit by the high temperatures as he progressed to the second round.

Sportsmail tackles the five things you may have missed overnight on day two of the competition.

Day two of the Australian Open brought high temperatures that many players struggled with

Day two of the Australian Open brought high temperatures that many players struggled with

heat is on

On day two, the ultimate step in the extreme heat policy was introduced for the first time – a complete suspension of play on outdoor courts around 2pm. There is a sliding scale of conditions from one to five based on wind, temperature, humidity and glare from the sun.

The equation used resulted in step five being called, which should unseat all players. The simple temperature was just under 100F. Play resumed more than three and a half hours later. Dan Evans was among those affected before beating Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4. He now plays Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Dan Evans was among those hit by the 100 degree heat as he put an ice pack on his head

Dan Evans was among those hit by the 100 degree heat as he put an ice pack on his head

Giorgi has nothing to hide

Italy player Camila Giorgi denied entering Australia last year using a fake vaccination card. Giorgi is one of hundreds of her compatriots being investigated for her association with doctor Daniela Grillone, who is said to have been the source of fake certificates. However, Giorgi insisted she is fully vaccinated and that her vaccinations have been topped up elsewhere. “The doctor has been examined and she has had trouble with the law a number of times this year. I just did all my vaccinations in different places. So the problem is hers, not me,” Giorgi said up until the second round, whose visa doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy.

Camila Giorgi from Italy denied entering Australia last year using a fake vaccination card

Camila Giorgi from Italy denied entering Australia last year using a fake vaccination card

reported

Tennis Australia belatedly introduced a ban on Russian and Belarusian flags after a Russian version was draped courtside on an outdoor court, prompting complaints from the Ukrainian ambassador in Canberra. Apparently TA had forgotten that this possibility could arise: “Our initial policy was that fans could contribute but not use them to cause disruption. Yesterday we had an incident where a flag was set up on the sidelines. The ban is effective immediately.” Nevertheless, a flag was sighted during Andrey Rublev’s game. Unlike Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to play in Melbourne, but as neutral players.

A Russian flag brought into the court caused a stir during the Australian Open

A Russian flag brought into the court caused a stir during the Australian Open

Stay cool

Leylah Fernandez, who defeated Emma Raducanu in the US Open final, was among the players grateful that her match was over before the protracted heat lockdown was instituted. Canada’s Fernandez, now at No. 40, had a win over France’s Alize Cornet, who beat Raducanu at Flushing Meadows in September.

Leylah Fernandez beat the Heat to secure her place in the next round of the competition

Leylah Fernandez beat the Heat to secure her place in the next round of the competition

Fritz beats Netflix curse

Much has been said about Netflix’s curse, citing the injuries and defeats suffered by the main cast of the current Break Point documentary series.

Nick Kyrgios, Ajla Tomljanovic, Paula Badosa and Carlos Alcaraz were among the stars of the series forced to retire through injury. That wasn’t true of American Taylor Fritz, whose No. 8 defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-2 4-6 7-5.

Taylor Fritz overcame the Netflix curse and defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets

Taylor Fritz overcame the Netflix curse and defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets

advertising

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-11643487/Australian-Open-FIVE-things-learned-Dan-Evans-feels-heat-win.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Australian Open FIVE things we’ve learned – Dan Evans feels hot in victory

Maureen Mackey

WSTPost is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@wstpost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button