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Officials play down extreme heat risk at Australia Open

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Organisers Monday reassured players their safety was paramount at the Australian Open, saying no-one had ever died from extreme heat at a tennis tournament while warning of the dangers of over-drinking. 

Klara Zakopalova plays a shot during her women's singles match against Australia's Samantha Stosur on day one of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2014

Temperatures were forecast to hover above 40C (104F) over the next four days but tournament officials said plans were in place to look after the players in the sweltering conditions.

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