Australian Open Turns Into E-Z Bake Oven


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↵The max temperature on the court at Rod Laver Stadium for the Djokovic/Roddick match: somewhere around 130 degrees Fahrenheit, or enough to get a nice soft boil on an egg tossed into your Gatorade. Watching this match was an exercise in endurance itself: Djokovic taking injury breaks took up long stretches, and just watching the 21 year old Serb disintegrate in front of your eyes under the pitiless sun took an iron stomach.
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↵Roddick took the match after running Djokovic into the ground and forcing a retirement in the third set. Roddick at least acknowledged the frying pan conditions; in their continuing effort to terrify the world of women's tennis into submission with both skill and fear, the Williams sisters saw nothing to complain about in the Satanic conditions.
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↵⇥While there were discussions about why the roof on Rod Laver Arena wasn't closed during the day, a decision that ultimately rests with the chair umpire, Serena and Venus were out on a court with no roof, no overhangs and only a sprinkling of fans willing to sit uncovered. ↵⇥"It really wasn't that bad," Serena said. "We're used to that," Venus agreed. ↵
↵If you've been looking for the Williams sisters' secret training location, you now have confirmation that they've been spending their offseason working out on a private court located on the seventh circle of hell.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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