There have been many stories so far at the U.S. Open but the weather seems to be leading them all.
Victoria Azarenka, the No. 10 seed on the women’s side, collapsed in her second round contest against Gisela Dulko while playing on the Grandstand Court. Temperatures soared to over 90 degrees while they played.
Azarenka trailed Dulko 5-2 at the time. Tournament officials were quick to assert that other factors were in play besides the heat, but you had to know the conditions on court were horrendous.
Croat Ivan Ljubicic, who lost to American teenager Ryan Harrison, blamed the heat for his loss, calling it his biggest opponent. He pointed out that in Australia if it is too hot, players do not play.
On court temperatures soared over 100 degrees for the third day in a row.
Thursday does not look to be any better. Friday, however, promises rain and declining temperatures.
American Andy Roddick lost his night match to Janko Tipsarevic. Last year’s sweetheart, Melanie Oudin is also out of the Open. Neither of these losses, however, had anything to do with the heat.
Thursday’s action on court also promises to be hot and heavy.