Wimbledon: Tennis fans collapse in the heat as temperatures hit 30C

It’s heating up at Wimbledon! Sweaty tennis fans collapse as temperatures hit 30C at SW19 ahead of Andy Murray’s Centre Court appearance

  • Spectators were seen fanning themselves and hiding in the shade on day five 

Wimbledon spectators were feeling the heat this afternoon, with some collapsing as temperatures soared to 30C on a scorching day. 

Tennis fans were carried away by ambulance crews while others were spotted fanning themselves as the grass baked on the fifth day of the tennis tournament in south-west London.

Belarussian player Aryna Sabalenka was also seen struggling with the heat, holding an ice pack over her head and hiding from the sun under a towel.

Meanwhile, Lady Amelia Windsor was spotted fanning herself to keep cool as she watched on.

Other spectators sat on the floor in shaded areas to avoid the sun before Andy Murray arrived on court to continue his Centre Court match against Stefanos Tsitsipas this afternoon.

First aid medics evacuate a spectator who appeared to be overcome by the heat on Court 2 on day five of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus puts ice on her head to cool down during her Women’s Singles 2nd round match against Varvara Gracheva of France

A spectator clutches a drink while fanning herself

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Harris warned of the high temperatures earlier on today, saying: ‘Temperatures will be on the rise from Friday, with a plume of continental air allowing temperatures to reach, and perhaps locally exceed 30C in parts of England on Friday and Saturday.

‘In addition, temperatures overnight will remain high, especially in towns and cities, which will make for an uncomfortably warm night for some.’

Soaring temperatures come off the back of rainfall earlier on in the week. All play stopped on outside courts on Wednesday after a grey afternoon of downpours.

The Referee’s Office announced 69 matches were cancelled over the afternoon. Returning spectators were told they would get another chance to watch them.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) confirmed that tickets bought for Courts Two and Three as well as grounds passes bought before 5pm would receive a full refund after the downpours disrupted the first three days of play.

Lady Amelia Windsor (pictured) came equipped for the heat and was seen fanning herself

Spectators shelter from the sun on day five of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon

A lady holds an electronic fan as temperatures soar while others take a break on the floor

Despite the baking temperatures, it was another busy day at Wimbledon as Katie Boulter watched her Aussie boyfriend Alex de Minaur lose at Wimbledon today ahead of a Fantastic Friday for British players.

The British women’s number one was seen cheering from the stands on Court 18, where De Minaur was up against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. He went on to lose in three sets after a hard-fought contest. 

Boulter, 26, who dispatched Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in the singles yesterday, is playing with her 24-year-old partner later this afternoon in the mixed doubles. 

Meanwhile, Andy Murray will be looking to finish the job against Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas after their dramatic match was adjourned late yesterday. 

British number one Cameron Norrie is second on Court One while Liam Broady – who yesterday pulled off a dramatic upset by beating fourth seed Casper Ruud – is third on Court 2. 

Katie Boulter in the stands at Wimbledon today, where she was watching her boyfriend, Alex de Minaur

Boulter celebrating after her boyfriend went up in his second round singles match today 

Boulter, 26, who dispatched Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova in the singles yesterday, is playing with her 24-year-old partner later this afternoon in the mixed doubles

In the men’s doubles, British world number six Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram will do battle just after 4pm. 

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Murray was two sets to one up when play was halted at around 10.40pm yesterday, and all eyes will be on how the Brit pulls up after the injury scare he suffered in the penultimate point.

On set point, the 36-year-old went down screaming when trying to change direction before picking himself up and delivering an unreturnable serve that put him 2-1 up.

The match referee then decided it was too late to start a fourth set, meaning Murray and Tsitsipas must return on Friday afternoon to finish with the Scot leading 6-7 (3) 7-6 (2) 6-4.

Carlos Alcaraz, who felt sidelined when he could not play on Centre Court in front of Roger Federer on Tuesday, will open play today against Alexandre Muller before Murray returns to finish his match.

Then women’s top seed Iga Swiatek will play Petra Martic before the headline act between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka closes a thrilling day’s action.

De Minaur went on to lose in three sets after a hard-fought contest

Boulter and de Minaur will team up together in the mixed doubles later today 

Lady Amelia Windsor enjoys the sun at Wimbledon this afternoon 

Andy Murray will be looking to finish the job against Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas today after their dramatic late night match was adjourned

Murray’s wife, Kim Sears, applauds during the action on Centre Court yesterday 

Liam Broady – who pulled off a dramatic upset by beating fourth seed Casper Ruud – is third on Court 2, while Britain’s top-ranked woman, Katie Boulter, is playing in the mixed doubled 

Tennis fans pose for a photo as they queue up to attend the tennis at Wimbledon today 

Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk places a bag of ice on her head as she tries to keep cool during a break as she plays Spain’s Paula Badosa

One of the big rivalries of the last 15 years is reignited on Centre Court as defending champion Djokovic faces Wawrinka in the third round.

The pair have fought it out on the biggest stage over the years with two of Wawrinka’s three grand slam titles coming after beating Djokovic in the final, most memorably in a stunning performance at the French Open in 2015.

But injury has taken its toll on the Swiss in recent years and he is no longer competing at the same level as Djokovic, who has almost got better with age.

Wawrinka has given himself ‘zero’ chance of winning Wimbledon but he will have plenty of support on Centre Court as he eyes a huge upset.

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