â†µThe 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.
â†µRoddick 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.
â†µâ‡¥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. â†µâ‡¥"It really wasn't that bad," Serena said. "We're used to that," Venus agreed. â†µâ†µIf 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.â†µ
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