BRITAIN’S Andy Murray fears a heatwave forecast to push temperatures into the 40s could jeopardise his Australian Open campaign, which begins tonight against Japan’s Go Soeda.
Murray trains in Miami during the winter to acclimatise to hotter conditions but admits it bears no comparison with the demands of the year’s first grand slam in Melbourne.
“You can’t prepare for that heat. It’s very tough,” said the Scot, 26, who has played just two competitive matches since undergoing back surgery in September.
“The difference between 32 degrees and 40 is huge. The court gets so hot. The air is extremely, extremely hot as well. In Miami, there tends to be a breeze. Here, when it’s 40 degrees, it can be calm. The air feels warm in your face. Your legs and your feet burn.”