Tennis: The open transpi is in Lausanne

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TennisOpen transpi is in Lausanne

Around the central court, the world seems to acknowledge the blow. And for good reason: the high temperatures do not spare Lausanne and its tennis enthusiasts. Observation of a new normal that hurts.

It is under a blazing sun that the players compete to win the Ladies Open Lausanne.

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Everyone sweats. On the court, the 34 degrees announced at 5 p.m. do not help to save money. “It’s really hot,” confirms, breathless, the German Jule Niemeier in a post-match interview.

The person who asked her the question is none other than Timea Bacsinszky. The Vaudoise recognizes that these temperatures are not usual in Lausanne, but they are not enough to scare the players. “They all played in places much hotter than that, specifies the one who reached the semi-finals of Roland-Garros twice. They are used to it and know how to adapt.

“I think you prefer swimming in the lake right now.”

Belinda Bencic, at the end of her Thursday match

An adaptation that translates more into a kind of acceptance. The German who reached the quarter-finals, where she was eliminated by the Russian Anastasia Potapova, is delighted to have been able to enjoy the lake. Simona Waltert, who had achieved the feat of releasing the number 1 seed on Tuesday, said for her part that the heat was less terrible than she expected. It must be said that his first round match lasted 3 hours, and therefore ended after the “worst” of the sun.

Seeded number 2 of the tournament, Belinda Bencic, beaten Friday in the quarterfinals, also provided a favorable program. Both Thursday against her friend and compatriot Susan Bandecchi and Friday against the Croatian Petra Maria, she entered the court in the late afternoon or even early evening. “I know it’s super hot, and I think you prefer to swim in the lake right now,” laughed the Saint-Galloise, in front of a large Lausanne audience who applauded.

Because the spectators also struggle to manage the overwhelming heat of July. The proof: everyone – or almost – shines. Some, however, have found solutions. There are those who activate their fogger between two games, others who have deteriorated from head to toe. The most far-sighted came with a parasol and wedged it into the chairs by their side, to afford some welcome shade.

Anyway, everyone quickly forgets their situation when the waitress and the receiver get in place. The choice has been made.

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