France's Alize Cornet receives medical attention during their women's singles third round match against Belgium's Elise Mertens on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 19, 2018.
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French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius (90.5 Fahrenheit).The high temperature Friday marginally topped 40 Celsius, but the WBGT remained below the threshold, so play was not halted.Cornet was able to finish the match, losing 7-5, 6-4 . But she later said it was "dangerous" to play in that kind of heat.
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