The German tennis player Andrea Petkovic falls dramatically in the middle of a game and has to withdraw as players in the summer heat in the Australian Open bins
- She collapsed in court in the middle of the game while the temperature was 30 degrees
- The world no. They lay on the ground before medical officials rushed to her aid
- Petkovic could not continue after a leading opponent of a set in Melbourne
- Australian Open has introduced a new scale to monitor heat stress on players
Charlie Coë for Daily Mail Australia
German tennis player Andrea Petkovic went to court in the first round of singles because the Australian Open was baked on Monday by blistering heat.
The world number 64 had already won the first set against Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 and was halfway a match in the second when she suddenly fell to the ground.
As she smiled relief at the air as she knelt on the field, the 31-year-old clearly rolled her back on her back before medical officials rushed to her aid.
German tennis player Andrea Petkovic went to court during the first round singles party (photo) while the Australian Open was baked on Monday by blistering heat
While she seemed to be gasping for air while she was kneeling on the field, the 31-year-old man was clearly on her back in pain before medical officers rushed to her assistant (photo)
Petkovic stood up but could not go any further and stumbled gently to Begu to congratulate her on victory.
It is thought that the German had a heat stroke, although there is no official confirmation yet.
This is not the first time that the semi-finalist of 2014 in French Open has trouble playing in the heat of Melbourne.
Last year she said that she had trouble thinking about a match.
The temperatures were tipped to hit 35 degrees in Melbourne by the Bureau of Meteorology – coinciding with the first two days of the tournament.
The mercury did not end up as high as the forecast, with a height of 32.1 degrees reported for the Victorian city at 16.30 by Weatherzone.
This is not the first time that the semi-finalist of 2014 in French Open struggles to play in the heat of Melbourne (photo Petrokovic being escorted from the court after his game on Monday)
Australian Open officials have introduced a new policy in 2019, the AOHeat Stress Scale.
The policy forces an interval of ten minutes between the second and third series when the scale becomes four.
A heat stress rating of five can mean the suspension of matches on external fields.