Tokyo, July 28 (MNN) The International Tennis Federation on Wednesday said that lawn tennis matches at Tokyo 2020 Olympics will begin at 3pm JST from Thursday onward due to increasing heat and humidity experienced in the Japanese capital.
The decision follows extensive consultation and in the spirit of always keeping the best interests of players’ health and welfare at the forefront, the ITF said.
The decision to start matches at 3pm JST from Thursday was made possible due to the outcomes of Wednesday’s matches across five competitions being staged and the size of player field.
It has been made following consultation with the International Olympic Committee, Tokyo 2020, Olympic Broadcast Services as well as players, referees, medical experts and other key stakeholders.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event Extreme Weather Policy, which has been in place throughout the tournament, provides for modifications of play once the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) reaches a threshold of 30.1°C including ten-minute breaks for both men and women if requested.