Does The Australian Open Care About The Fans?

josh millarSenior Analyst IJanuary 27, 2009

In these tough economic times we want to make the most of everything. 

Apparently, that may not apply in the tennis world. I say that somewhat sarcastically, but hang with me here.

The 2009 Australian is in its second week of competition and unfortunately the hottest thing isn’t the competition, its the summer heat.

Temperatures on court reached 58 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon.

Over the past two days of competition we have seen three retirements as a result of this oppressive heat (including defending champion Novak Djokovic) and the quality of play has dropped as the temperature has risen.

Conspicuous by their absences this tournament has been the rooftops of both Hisense and Rod Laver Arena.

Tournament directors claim that temperatures have not reached the limit which by rule the court can be covered.

With that statement the Australian Open proved they don’t care first and foremost about its fans, who pay good money to see these matches.

As for the purest who may say dealing with weather is part of the conditioning process. They either have played in these conditions or haven't paid the money these great fans pay.

We have roofs for the purpose of this Australian weather. LET'S USE THEM!