Pictures: Extreme heat stops play at Australian Open

16 January 2014 Last updated at 07:34 GMT

Organisers have suspended play at the Australian Open because of extreme temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit).
Tennis fans take a dip in a fountain to cool off at the Australian Open.
These Tennis fans decided to take a plunge in to this fountain in an effort to cool down at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Organisers suspended play on outside courts at the Australian Open as temperatures hit 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit).
The roof of Rod Laver Arena was closed due to the Extreme Heat Policy.
The roof of Rod Laver Arena was closed to protect players from the heat. It was part of the organisers Extreme Heat Policy which was used for the first time after three days of sizzling temperatures..
Russia's Maria Sharapova cools off
Russia's Maria Sharapova cooled off by pouring water over her during her women's singles match. Sharapova also wore an ice vest to help her cope with the heat.
A tennis fan tries to cool off from the heat.
A tennis fan tries to cool off from the heat in front of misting machines. Organisers suspended play on outside courts at the tournament after three days of extreme heat.
A security guard has a drink in the shade next to an empty stand after play was suspended at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament
A security guard has a drink in the shade next to an empty stand after play was suspended.
Kei Nishikori of Japan holds an ice pack to his face
Kei Nishikori of Japan tried to cool down by holding an ice pack to his face during his men's singles match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. The heat made it much more tiring for players to compete.
A spectators pours water over himself to cool down
This guy is trying every trick in the book to keep cool.