Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray
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Gael Monfils said playing Novak Djokovic in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius Thursday was a 'risk' to health and that the 25-second rule between points should have been relaxed.His second-round clash with the six-times Australian Open champion on Rod Laver Arena, just as on all the other courts, continued in furnace-like conditions as organizers decided it was not necessary to implement its heat rule. The 31-year-old Frenchman's biggest gripe though was that the 25-second rule between points was being too rigidly enforced considering the extreme conditions.Had the temperature reached 40 degrees and Wet Bulb Globe [humidity] reading exceeded 32.5 degrees, organizers would have stopped play on the outside courts and the roofs closed on the three main courts to provide shade.
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