Players fainted and vomited and a ball boy collapsed as the Australian Open boiled in one of the hottest days in its history Tuesday, prompting angry complaints and keeping fans away in droves.
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia (R) gets bags of ice placed around her shoulders to cool off during her match against against Francesca Schiavone of Italy on day two of the 2014 Australian Open in Melbourne on January 14, 2014. Cibulkova won 6-3, 6-4
Temperatures of 42.2 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit), enough to melt plastic bottles on the rubberised courts, made for a punishing day for the players with some incensed their matches went ahead.
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