Open organizers again invoke extreme heat policy

Updated: January 20, 2006, 9:39 PM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Tournament organizers invoked the Australian Open's extreme heat policy for the second day in succession on Saturday as temperatures exceeded 95 degrees.

Under the rule, new matches on outside courts will not start until the temperature eases, although matches already underway must be completed.

New matches will also not begin on the two main courts, Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena, until the retractable roof over both stadiums is closed after current matches are finished.

Third seed Amelie Mauresmo of France had just started her third-round match against unseeded Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek on Rod Laver Arena when the rule was invoked.

The rule was also invoked on Friday as the temperature soared to 104 degrees.

Frenchman Fabrice Santoro said after surviving a draining five-set match on Friday that tournament officials should consider lowering the temperature at which the rule is applied.

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