Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! Millman's Mid-Match Dash
Humid conditions mean change of clothing and a six-minute break in play
“I'm not normally like the biggest sweater,” said Millman. “But I was really sweating…”
With temperatures at a relatively cool 70ºF, but humidity above 80 per cent, the Australian was drenched in perspiration as he approached Novak Djokovic at the net at 2-2 in the second set.
"Can I go change my clothes now?" Millman asked Djokovic. "They are saying I can only change now."
It was a win-win for both. Djokovic smiled, and could be heard saying, “I can take a little rest.” The Serbian soon took off his shirt at his courtside bench.
The chair umpire agreed, invoking the 'Equipment Out of Adjustment' provision in the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials, due to Millman’s excessive sweating and the moisture it was leaving on the court.
“It was a tricky one coming off,” said Millman. “I didn't really want to come off. Novak was making me run a bit too much, though… I had to change!”
The Serbian later admitted, “I personally have never sweat as much as I have here. [It’s] incredible. I have to take at least 10 shirts for every match. It's literally after two games you're soaking.”