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Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

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The tournament has an “extreme heat policy” under which the referee can suspend play on outside courts and close the roofs

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Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray hopeful he's ready for heat in Melbourne

The British number one gets underway in Melbourne on Tuesday

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Heather Watson progressed tot he Australian Open main draw after beating Irina Falconi

Australian Open: Heather Watson beats Irina Falconi to join Laura Robson and Andy Murray in Grand Slam main draw

21-year-old had to qualify for the tournament and triumphed 6-4 7-6 (7-1) to progress to the main draw

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open: Andy Murray ready for the heat after back surgery pays off

Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.

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