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Control and heat-victims in Melbourne

first-round game in the women's in Melbourne between the Briton Katie Boulter and the Russian Ekaterina Makerova. Boulter wins the first set 6:0, Makerova the second 6:4. In the third passage it is 6:6, the Tiebreak has to decide.

As the Brit makes the point to the 7:4, it runs in the Believe in the victory jubilantly to the network. The Russian behind the baseline, no such signs, because they know the new rule better than your opponent. It's in the deciding set to a tie-break is played to ten points.

For Boulter the mishap is of no consequence. Some time later, you may again to the grid. This time Makerova appears to congratulate her for the victory. The Briton decides the Tiebreak 10:6, and thus the game in your favor.

Petkovic's trouble with the heat

No technical problems, Andrea Petkovic has had. But, health. In the game against Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, the German fell in the second set when the score was 3:4 in their view, to Return to the ground. They had to be maintained and the game give up. The heat in Melbourne it is about 30 degrees Celsius – was Petkovic, who was out with a cold to create to very.

Various innovations on the tournament

At the Australian Open this year, there are a variety of adjustments, compared to 2018, which will also remember the (TV)audience. A small, non-exhaustive Overview:

Tiebreak in the decisive set: A 5. (Men) or 3. Set (women) no longer plays on 6:6 in addition. It is 6:6 follows a Match Tiebreak to ten points. So there are the four Grand Slam tournaments, four different modes for the end of a decision-making principle. The French Open is played without a Tiebreak in Wimbledon, there are 12:12, a regular tie-break and at the US Open, there are in 6:6, a regular tie break.

heat rule: This has been adjusted. In cooperation with scientists of a so-called "heat-stress-scale" was developed, which is based on the four factors: air temperature, heat radiation, humidity and wind strength. The pure temperature is not so crucial, also the humidity is an important factor. Is achieved on this scale, a factor between 4.0 and 5.0, there are after the 3. (Men) or 2. Rate (women) is a ten-minute break. The value rises to 5.0 or higher, more games will be started on the outer courts. Partial Matches are interrupted, when a just number of Games reaches a set or a started the Tiebreak is completed. On the three Courts with schliessbarem roof, the same rule applies, in order to close the roof.

Shot Clock On all places there is a Shot Clock which counts the time between two points. The referee or the referee decides when the watch begins to run after the end of the last point. From then on, a player, or a player has 25 seconds to continue the game. At the first timeout, there is a time warning, which still remains without consequences. The second time, the Service is considered to be an error (he loses the first serve), if it relates to the streak. If it relates to the return player, he loses the point.

prize money: compared to last year, the prize money of the Australian Open of 55 million to 60.5 million Australian dollars (about 42,95 million Swiss francs). This is an increase of ten percent. The winner of the men's and Women's single - player con will each receive $ 4.1 million (plus 100'000). In percentage terms, the largest increase of the prize money for first-round losers. You collect a new one-quarter more (75'000 dollars). (heg)

Created: 14.01.2019, 09:33 PM

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