It’s 8:34 on a morning in January that is almost certainly cold — at least in our hemisphere. To be more precise, it’s January 17 in 2014.
An unlikely photograph starts to circulate on Twitter, posted by Novak Djokovic’s official profile. The photo — initially thought to be a joke or more likely a photomontage — showed an egg frying on a synthetic tennis court.
Impossible for any other court on the planet but not for the scorching surface of the Australian Open: the hottest Grand Slam of the entire circuit.
Obviously over time the Australian Open’s medical staff have become a valuable aid for players. In fact, once registered they receive a whole set of detailed weather information and a wide range of advice: arrive as early as possible so as to get acclimatised to Australia, practice in the heat, and
just like in the best tradition of summer news services, they are recommended to dress in lightweight, white clothing, making sure not to get confused with the only Grand Slam that has the copyright on white.