Thursday January 16th, 2014

It was a bring-your-own-shade kind of day at the Australian Open. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) It was a bring-your-own-shade kind of day at the Australian Open. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Temperatures hit 109 degrees Fahrenheit on Day 4 of the Australian Open, finally triggering the tournament's discretionary Extreme Heat Policy, calling for a suspension of play until temperatures return to playable conditions. That was great news for players who weren't already on court, but it was a harrowing few hours for the ones who had to suffer through it.

Here's a roundup of how the heat went down today in Melbourne:


Maria Sharapova scribbles "Love the heat!" on the camera after her three-and-a-half hour match against Karin Knapp:

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrings out his shirt completely soaked with sweat:

ESPN's short piece on the heat that hit the tournament earlier in the week:

Pam Shriver talks to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley about the Thursday's decision to implement the Extreme Heat Policy:



Maria Sharapova: New Sugarpova product: Volcano gummies. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Jerzy Janowicz: Have you ever seen him happier? (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)


Australian Open fans: Yeah, but how hot was that water? (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)


Alize Cornet: The ice hat was very popular. I'm sure we'll see them on the runways of Milan next season. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)


Varvara Lepchenko: It was a rough day for Lepchenko, who succumbed to the heat. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)


Eva Hrdinova and Paula Ormaechea: No really, kids, tennis is a fun sport! (Renee McKay/Getty Images)


Kei Nishikori: To smell the ice, you must be the ice. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


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