Extreme Australian weather: Lightning over Melbourne

A bolt of lightning appears in the sky as Stephane Robert of France plays Michal Przysiezny of Poland. Credit: Reuters / Brandon Malone

Following an earlier suspension of play due to extreme heat, the tennis was further interrupted later in the day by heavy rainfall.

Reuters photographer Brandon Malone captured a lightning bolt appearing in the Melbourne skyline while Michal Przysiezny played Stephane Robert played on an outdoor court.

Play has currently resumed on the covered showcourts for the evening session. Andy Murray's second round match has been delayed.

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Australian Tennis Open suspended in extreme 42C heat

The organisers of the Australian Tennis Open have suspended play amid extreme heat as temperatures soared to 42C.