Four sea­sons

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Do­minic Thiem said Mel­bourne’s change­able weather keeps play­ers on their toes, as courts speed up and slow down and the balls bounce differentl­y too.

“I feel great with the con­di­tions. I feel good. But they’re chang­ing so much be­cause the weather is so in­con­sis­tent here,” Thiem said. “I mean, it plays com­pletely dif­fer­ent when it’s 35 de­grees (Cel­sius) than what it’s 20 de­grees, and it can change within hours.

Mel­bourne’s un­pre­dictable weather has been on full dis­play at the Aus­tralian Open, with heavy down­pours, wind, heat, smog from bush­fires and even dirty rain - rain mixed with a dust storm, which coated courts in a fine layer of mud.

Do­minic Thiem

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