Player tweets picture of himself hooked up to a drip

Yahoo!7 January 17, 2013, 8:48 pm

If you thought you had it tough surviving another scorching Melbourne day, spare a thought for the players sweating it out at the Australian Open.

With the temperature in Melbourne hovering around 40 degrees for most of Thursday, needless to say a five-hour game of tennis would leave you feeling a little drained.

And that's exactly what Aussie James Duckworth and Slovenian Blaz Kavcic had to endure, with the home favourite losing a thrilling match in five sets.

Despite being happy with the win, the heat took plenty out of Kavcic.

The 25-year-old tweeted a picture of himself after the match - hooked up to a drip.

"Total physical collapse after the match. feeling quite happy though, just don't know, because of my win or morphine :)", he said.

Kavcic later tweeted that he was "just kidding" about receiving morphine, with officials confirming he had been given a muscle relaxant.

And Kavcic's reward for his day in Melbourne's sauna?

Apart from some extra prize money, he will now have to take on the small matter of No.7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Saturday.

Thankfully for both players, the weather bureau is predicting much milder conditions for the weekend.

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  1. Jeff01:34am Friday 18th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    gee i bet the americans are shaking in their boots after kevin rudd's comments about the obahma children photo as part of the debate on guns...omg kevin rudd that super powerful guy from australia is upset we better watch out...give us a break kev they wouldn't even know who you are

  2. emjay12:28am Friday 18th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The policy in a nutshell. * No new matches can start on outside courts for at least an hour after the policy is implemented * All matches in progress must be complete * The Tournament referee may suspend matches if deemed dangerous * The roofs of both the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arenas can be closed, but only after current matches have been completed. * There is provision for the breaks between games and sets to be made longer than usual during the heat-affected matches Essentially neither player is going to say they are struggling as to deem a forfeit and unless the tournament referee (different from match referee) pulls the plug the current matches go on if they have already started.

  3. pauly03511:44pm Thursday 17th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    When are organisers of the Australian Open gonna realise they are placing the lives of athletes at risk when they play long matches in those sort of conditions. Surely once the ambient hits 38 degrees there could be a ruling which says play stops, as everyone knows those courts soak up and radiate heat back into the body.

  4. Sagar10:30pm Thursday 17th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This is not right. There must be legal limits before someone is seriously injured something worse happens.