Andy Murray got ready for the humid conditions frequently present at U.S. Open by using an actual steam chamber in his home to simulate the oppressive heat and humidity of New York at this time of year.
Murray was just trying to help with the heat adaption
USA Today reported that the 36-year-old British tennis player made the air feel as humid as it does every summer around Flushing Meadows, where the year’s final Grand Slam tournament entered its second week on Monday. He set the humidity in there at 70% and spent hours riding a stationary bike nearby with the thermostat turned up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius). Murray, who won the title in New York in 2012 but lost this time in the second round in temperate weather, said he was just trying to help with the heat adaption.
In the event that the 2023 U.S. temps is a touch colder than typical; that’s definitely nicer to play in, Belgian player Elise Mertens said last week. However, that changed Sunday, when temps hit 90 F (32 C), giving athletes, ball workers, and fans a little respite. In the upcoming days, it was predicted that the temperature would rise considerably further.
Highest temperatures recorded at those competitions have increased by almost 5 degrees F (almost 3 degrees C) overall
That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that an Associated Press analysis reveals the U.S. In recent years, the level of danger at the Grand Slam, Open and the other three big tennis events has steadily increased, mirroring the effects of climate change that this summer caused record-breaking heatwaves all over the world. It can prevent athletes from performing at their peak and, worse, it raises the risk of heat-related illnesses.
The AP monitored the thermal comfort index, which calculates the temperature of the air in degrees while also accounting for humidity, radiation, wind, and other elements that influence how the body reacts. It examined every Grand Slam competition starting in 1988, the first year that all four had 128-player fields for both the men’s and women’s divisions. The highest temperatures recorded at those competitions have increased by almost 5 degrees F (almost 3 degrees C) overall.
When they hear it, they don’t consider it to be very much. It may or may not be perceived as worrisome. According to Daniel Bader, a climate scientist at Columbia University, sometimes that 3- or 4-degree change can result in a doubling or even triple of the number of hot days we experience. The temperature in New York City has been rising, and it is expected to keep doing so in the future, reports from San Diego Union-Tribune.