Minneapolis Aquatennial Tennis Players Battle Heat

Updated: 07/21/2014 8:01 PM
Created: 07/21/2014 7:29 PM
By: Megan Matthews

The Canadian Pacific Aquatennial Tennis Classic is a big part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial, and athletes had to overcome hot conditions Monday.

Organizers planned for the hot, summer day. They pitched a tent and had water on hand for athletes.

One player, Dough Allsup, isn't competing this year, but he says in past tournaments he experienced heat stroke.

"A few years ago, I hyperventilated in the heat," he remembered. "You get kind of lightheaded. It's kind of hard to think and concentrate."

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) says they are making sure everyone is staying cool and safe.

"We're always making sure that we're seeing if people are sitting upright and having no problems," said Lisa Mushett, USTA Spokesperson.

Organizers are also keeping a close eye on the tennis courts. The heat can make the surface so hot, it can melt and move. That hasn't happened yet, but they are watching for it to make sure the court is safe for players.

The tournament continues all week.

Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

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