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Tennis: Record number of pull-outs as Australia Open swelters

Published on Jan 15, 2014 10:42 AM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - The heat-baked Australian Open has been hit by a record number of pull-outs, organisers said on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014, as temperatures hovered around 40 deg C for a second straight day.

After a first round overshadowed by the sight of players fainting and vomiting in the heat, nine players either retired or forfeited their matches, according to an official tally.

The total is the highest in one round at the Australian Open and equals the Grand Slam Open-era record, matching the first round at the 2011 US Open and Wimbledon's second round last year.

Although most of the players cited injuries, Dutch player Robin Haase went out with cramp, which is often set off by high heat.

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