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Sydney researchers create heat stress scale for grand slam tennis

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The University of Sydney has worked with Tennis Australia to develop a heat stress policy for players competing in the Australian Open, a grand slam tennis tournament in Melbourne.

The policy is based on tests conducted by the university’s thermal ergonomics laboratory to measure the impact of heat stress on tennis players. The Australian Open Heat Stress Scale will determine whether play can continue during high summer temperatures.

Craig Tiley, Australian Open tournament director, said the heat stress scale ranged from one to five, with one indicating temperate playing conditions “and five, the suspension of play”.

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