Australian Open in pictures: Melbourne melts in 43C heat

Doubles pair Eva Hrdinova and Paula Ormaechea feel the heat
The searing heat has proved problematic for players at the Australian Open, with temperatures consistently exceeding 40C. Doubles pair Eva Hrdinova and Paula Ormaechea are among those to suffer on Thursday
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The heat is causing problems all over Melbourne - not just for the tennis at Melbourne Park - as the Herald Sun reports
James O'Grady of court services and operations prepares ice vests and ice filled collars for players
It has kept the court services team busy at the first Grand Slam of 2014, with dozens of ice vests and ice-filled collars prepared to give to the players
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia gets bags of ice around her shoulders to cool off in the heat
Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova is the beneficiary of one such contraption in Thursday's morning session
Maria Sharapova of Russia holds an ice-packed towel to her head while wearing an ice vest
Maria Sharapova is also grateful for some relief from Thursday's heat, which is predicted to rise close to the 2009 Australian Open record of 45.5C
Alize Cornet of France cries between games while trying to deal with the extreme heat
But France's Alize Cornet finds it particularly hard going and is reduced to tears during a break in her match against against Camila Giorgi
A woman cools off with fans and mist put out for spectators as a heat wave continues to sizzle on day three of the Australian Open
It is not just the players who have been tested by the conditions, with spectators flocking to the cooling fans situated within the grounds of Melbourne Park
Spectators cover up to beat the heat as they watch Japan's Kei Nishikori
And watching matches has been a testing experience court-side, with these fans of Japan's Kei Nishikori doing all they can to resist Thursday's heat
A vendor holds sunscreen as Melbourne heads towards 43C
There is at least help on hand for those arriving at Melbourne Park, with sun cream very much the order of the day
A ballboy faints in the heat as Melbourne heads towards 43C
Despite such precautions, the heat took its toll in a variety of ways throughout the week, with one ball boy fainting on Tuesday and requiring courtside attention
Croatian Ivan Dodig plays a shot
And on Wednesday Croatian Ivan Dodig feared he "could maybe even die" before retiring from his match against Damir Dzumhur