Lifestyle & Belief

It's so hot in Australia, tennis players are wearing ice vests

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Russia's Maria Sharapova takes off an ice vest during a break in her women's singles match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States on day two of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 14, 2014.

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WILLIAM WEST

Temperatures soared above 100 degrees in South Australia this week, and players at the Australian Open suffered the consequences.

So did fans.

Maria Sharapova and other top tennis players turned to ice vests to keep cool in between games, and several have actually fainted on the court or suffered heat-related injuries like severe cramping.

Many of the fans brave enough to attend were slumped in the stands with towels draped over their heads or parked in front of the mist fans sprinkled throughout the complex in Melbourne.

"I think it's inhumane, I don't think it's fair to anybody, to the players, to the fans, to the sport, when you see players pulling out of matches, passing out," Canadian tennis player Frank Dancevic told reporters after his match, during which he fainted.

"I've played five set matches all my life and being out there for a set and a half and passing out with heat-stroke, it's not normal."

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    James O'Grady of court services and operations prepares ice vests and ice filled collars for players ahead of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. The world's top players were psyching themselves up for a scorching week at the Australian Open with temperatures set to soar above 100 degrees.

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    WILLIAM WEST

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    Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands receives treatment for heat-related cramping in her first-round match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during day one of the 2014 Australian Open on Jan. 13, 2014, in Melbourne.

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    Ryan Pierse

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    Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina feels the heat in his first round match against Rhyne Williams of the United States during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Michael Dodge

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    James Troisi of the Melbourne Victory cools down in hot conditions during the round 19 A-League match between the Victory and the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Jan. 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Vince Caligiuri

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    Russia's Maria Sharapova takes off an ice vest during a break in her women's singles match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States on day two of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 14, 2014.

    Credit:

    WILLIAM WEST

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    A man seeks relief from the heat during second round action on day three of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 15, 2014.

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    SAEED KHAN

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    Kenny De Schepper of France reacts in the heat between games during his loss to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their men's singles second round match on day three of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2014.

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    WILLIAM WEST

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    Tennis fans cool off with fans and mist put out for spectators as a heat wave continues to sizzle on day three of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 15, 2014.

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    WILLIAM WEST

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    A teengager jumps off the Glenelg jetty during a heat wave at Glenelg Beach on Jan. 13, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.

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    Daniel Kalisz