(New York) It’s so hot and humid at the US Open that a new policy has been put in place for the remainder of the tournament. The roof of Arthur-Ashe Stadium will be partially closed during episodes of extreme heat to provide some shade for everyone.

The temperature soared above 32 degrees Celsius while the humidity crossed 50% on Tuesday. It was the hottest day since hostilities began at Flushing Meadows.

The change to the policy came into effect during American Coco Gauff’s 6-0, 6-2 win over Jelena Ostapenko. However, the match ended too quickly for both players to enjoy, tournament organizer Jake Garner told The Associated Press.

This new policy “is in the best interest of the players,” he added.

Weather forecasts anticipate even warmer temperatures for the next few days, as the tournament ends on Sunday.

The roof was partially closed ahead of Novak Djokovic’s 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Taylor Fritz. The temperature was still high enough for Djokovic to pour water on his head during a change of sides. Fritz iced the back of his neck during another.

“I’m soaked with sweat,” Djokovic said after the game on the court. Just very wet conditions. »

Fritz, on the other hand, believes that closing the roof partially increased the feeling of humidity on the ground.

“It was definitely hot, launched the ninth player in the world. We played long physical points early in the game. After a few games, it hit me. I’d say it’s more the humidity than the heat. I never feel like I’m too bothered by the heat. I feel like [when] it’s really really humid…it wears you out. »

Under this heat wave, breaks between innings for singles matches are extended when the thermometer reads 30.1 degrees Celsius or higher.

The United States Tennis Association said that decision was made by Garner. Tournament organizers and medical staff were involved in the discussions.