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Australian Open: looking forward to sports and temperature records

January 18, 2016, 11:40 UTC+3
2016 Australian Open tennis tournament runs from 18 to 31 January
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Australian Open tournament is famous for its extreme heat as it is summer in Australia from December 1 to the end of February. Photo: Thermometer showing the on court temperature at approximately 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degree Celsius) during the first round match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and France's Camille Pin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2007
Australian Open tournament is famous for its extreme heat as it is summer in Australia from December 1 to the end of February. Photo: Thermometer showing the on court temperature at approximately 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degree Celsius) during the first round match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and France's Camille Pin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2007
Australian Open tournament is famous for its extreme heat as it is summer in Australia from December 1 to the end of February. Photo: Thermometer showing the on court temperature at approximately 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degree Celsius) during the first round match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and France's Camille Pin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2007
© AP Photo/Rick Stevens
Frank Dancevic of Canada lying on the court after collapsing during his first round match against Benoit Paire of France as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
Frank Dancevic of Canada lying on the court after collapsing during his first round match against Benoit Paire of France as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
Frank Dancevic of Canada lying on the court after collapsing during his first round match against Benoit Paire of France as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
© AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
The organizers install special fans to cool the athletes and spectators. Photo: Poland's Jerry Janowicz is sprayed with cool water at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
The organizers install special fans to cool the athletes and spectators. Photo: Poland's Jerry Janowicz is sprayed with cool water at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
The organizers install special fans to cool the athletes and spectators. Photo: Poland's Jerry Janowicz is sprayed with cool water at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
© AP Photo/Tennis Australia,Fiona Hamilton
In 1998 the Australian Open organizers implemented the Extreme Heat Policy. The temperature threshold was increased to 40°C (104°F). Photo: Spectator applies sun cream while others eat ice cream as they try to keep cool in the scorching heat on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2009
In 1998 the Australian Open organizers implemented the Extreme Heat Policy. The temperature threshold was increased to 40°C (104°F). Photo: Spectator applies sun cream while others eat ice cream as they try to keep cool in the scorching heat on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2009
In 1998 the Australian Open organizers implemented the Extreme Heat Policy. The temperature threshold was increased to 40°C (104°F). Photo: Spectator applies sun cream while others eat ice cream as they try to keep cool in the scorching heat on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2009
© AP Photo/Rick Stevens, File
Photo: The roof on Rod Laver Arena closes due to high temperatures during the Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009
Photo: The roof on Rod Laver Arena closes due to high temperatures during the Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009
Photo: The roof on Rod Laver Arena closes due to high temperatures during the Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009
© AP Photo/Mark Baker
Maria Sharapova of Russia pouring water over her head during a break in her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
Maria Sharapova of Russia pouring water over her head during a break in her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
Maria Sharapova of Russia pouring water over her head during a break in her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
© AP Photo/Aaron Favila
Roy Emerson is an Australian former number one tennis player who won Australian Open 6 times, in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Photo:  Australia's veteran tennis star Roy Emerson, 1969
Roy Emerson is an Australian former number one tennis player who won Australian Open 6 times, in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Photo:  Australia's veteran tennis star Roy Emerson, 1969
Roy Emerson is an Australian former number one tennis player who won Australian Open 6 times, in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Photo: Australia's veteran tennis star Roy Emerson, 1969
© AP Photo
Australia's Margaret Court won a record 24 of Grand Slam titles, among which 11 were Australian Open. Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne was named after her. Photo: Margaret Court, 1973
Australia's Margaret Court won a record 24 of Grand Slam titles, among which 11 were Australian Open. Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne was named after her. Photo: Margaret Court, 1973
Australia's Margaret Court won a record 24 of Grand Slam titles, among which 11 were Australian Open. Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne was named after her. Photo: Margaret Court, 1973
© AP Photo/John Rooney
Margaret Court Arena after rain stopped play at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
Margaret Court Arena after rain stopped play at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
Margaret Court Arena after rain stopped play at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
© AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Jim Courier of USA diving in the Yarra River, after defeating Sweden's Stefan Edberg in the men's final at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1993
Jim Courier of USA diving in the Yarra River, after defeating Sweden's Stefan Edberg in the men's final at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1993
Jim Courier of USA diving in the Yarra River, after defeating Sweden's Stefan Edberg in the men's final at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1993
© AP Photo/Steve Holland
Despite the heat Australian Open matches are very popular and are visited by about 600 thousand people. Photo: Spectators at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne
Despite the heat Australian Open matches are very popular and are visited by about 600 thousand people. Photo: Spectators at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne
Despite the heat Australian Open matches are very popular and are visited by about 600 thousand people. Photo: Spectators at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne
© AP Photo/Rob Griffith
Record for the last 10 years was set in 2012, when 686006 spectators watched the matches. Photo: Spain's Rafael Nadal signs autographs for fans after his win against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in their first round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, 2015
Record for the last 10 years was set in 2012, when 686006 spectators watched the matches. Photo: Spain's Rafael Nadal signs autographs for fans after his win against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in their first round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, 2015
Record for the last 10 years was set in 2012, when 686006 spectators watched the matches. Photo: Spain's Rafael Nadal signs autographs for fans after his win against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in their first round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, 2015
© EPA/JOE CASTRO
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Australian Open tournament is famous for its extreme heat as it is summer in Australia from December 1 to the end of February. Photo: Thermometer showing the on court temperature at approximately 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.7 degree Celsius) during the first round match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and France's Camille Pin at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2007
© AP Photo/Rick Stevens
Frank Dancevic of Canada lying on the court after collapsing during his first round match against Benoit Paire of France as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
© AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
The organizers install special fans to cool the athletes and spectators. Photo: Poland's Jerry Janowicz is sprayed with cool water at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
© AP Photo/Tennis Australia,Fiona Hamilton
In 1998 the Australian Open organizers implemented the Extreme Heat Policy. The temperature threshold was increased to 40°C (104°F). Photo: Spectator applies sun cream while others eat ice cream as they try to keep cool in the scorching heat on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 2009
© AP Photo/Rick Stevens, File
Photo: The roof on Rod Laver Arena closes due to high temperatures during the Women's singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in 2009
© AP Photo/Mark Baker
Maria Sharapova of Russia pouring water over her head during a break in her second round match against Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open tennis championship in 2014
© AP Photo/Aaron Favila
Roy Emerson is an Australian former number one tennis player who won Australian Open 6 times, in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967. Photo: Australia's veteran tennis star Roy Emerson, 1969
© AP Photo
Australia's Margaret Court won a record 24 of Grand Slam titles, among which 11 were Australian Open. Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne was named after her. Photo: Margaret Court, 1973
© AP Photo/John Rooney
Margaret Court Arena after rain stopped play at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, 2014
© AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Jim Courier of USA diving in the Yarra River, after defeating Sweden's Stefan Edberg in the men's final at the Australian Open Tennis Championship in 1993
© AP Photo/Steve Holland
Despite the heat Australian Open matches are very popular and are visited by about 600 thousand people. Photo: Spectators at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne
© AP Photo/Rob Griffith
Record for the last 10 years was set in 2012, when 686006 spectators watched the matches. Photo: Spain's Rafael Nadal signs autographs for fans after his win against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in their first round match at Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, 2015
© EPA/JOE CASTRO

Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually in Melbourne from 1905. It is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year. Australian Open famous for its extreme heat and very high attendance - in photo gallery by TASS.

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