Day 3: Update on Azarenka and the heat

September, 1, 2010
9/01/10
3:40
PM ET
The USTA does not think Victoria Azarenka’s collapse was heat-related, and will issue a statement on that soon, according to a USTA official.

The extreme-heat rule is in effect for women’s matches. That means that after the second set if there’s a tie either player can request a 10-minute break. It’s hot, the high temperature in New York is supposed to be 95 degrees today but there is a breeze on the grounds, so it’s not just unmitigated blazing heat. (On the other hand, as of 2 p.m. the temperature on the courts was 109 degrees.)

The USTA has reduced the ballboy rotation by a half-hour so instead of having them on two-hour shifts they are now on 90-minute shifts.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.
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