Mad dogs and Englishmen founded Australia and taught it everything it knows. So the Melbourne Aussies (probably with great enthusiasm from their tourist bureau) decided to have a big tennis tournament in January, the depth of summer down there.
Givens: Tennis is a hot sport. Melbourne is a hot town in January -- about the same equatorial displacement as St. Louis. People who schedule made-for-teevee tennis extravaganzas should understand those things. So should the players and spectators.
And, to get to the point, you would expect the same from world famous reporting heads in the electric teevee news industry. You would be disappointed. They are so agog with Melbourne weather that they're making it about the second or third lede on their programs about all the vital news this morning.
If it weren't for Justin Bieber getting busted for throwing eggs, Melbourne would be first or second on the lineup.