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.