Dan Evans has explained how Roy Keane helped him through extreme heat at the Australian Open.
The British tennis player's match with Argentina's Facundo Bagnis was temporarily suspended on Monday as temperatures soared into the mid-30s.
During the three-hour delay, Evans watched some of Keane's recent interview with Tommy Tiernan before returning to Court 7 to win 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-4 to set up a second-round tie with London-based Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
Evans explained: "During the break I had a bit of food. I showered, obviously. Had a bit of food. Stretched out and then I had a lie down. I actually watched Roy Keane on that Tiernan show.
"It was quite a good 37 minutes, if you really want to know what I did! I'm looking on YouTube and stuff. I had wanted to watch it. I had seen clips of it. I have not finished it yet."
Despite the high temperatures, Evans opted not to wear a hat.
He added: “I just never wear one. The heat doesn't bother me. I have just never worn a hat and I have never liked wearing one. Doesn't feel comfortable. Big ears, I guess.
“But I felt the break didn’t really come at a good time for me. I had won the third set. I felt like he was struggling. He was going to the towel a lot at the back of the court a lot. And then then I had to start again.
“It's strange because I never even knew about the rule, to be honest. I just knew it was hot. Once the wind stopped it was horrible.
“I came back from the toilet, and then the guy said: ‘You're going in’. I didn't feel great going back out but then I actually played very well.”
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