This week has been a lousy one for walking around in New York City, let alone attempting a game of tennis.
Hot and humid temperatures in the mid 90s with a heat index reaching above 100˚F. As commuters endured sweltering subway stations and sidewalks, the US Open played on through the heat in Queens—with a revised extreme heat policy, a first for the men’s competition.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic seemed to have the roughest day, fighting bouts of nausea and at times appearing red in the face yesterday (Aug. 28). Like many players, draped himself in towels filled with ice during breaks.
Still, multiple players were forced to retired early from the competition due to the heat, reported the New York Times. Photos show players doing what they can do cool down, with spectators following their lead. The hot and humid weather is expected to continue through much of tomorrow (Aug. 30).