Australia fires: Australian Open qualifying matches delayed by three hours

Smoke haze over Melbourne was seen on Wednesday morning

Australian Open organisers have imposed a three-hour delay to the beginning of qualifying matches on Wednesday due to the “very poor” air high quality from ongoing bushfires within the nation.

It’s the second successive day the beginning of play has been delayed due to the situations in Melbourne.


On Tuesday, Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic needed to be helped off court docket after retiring from her match.

Air high quality within the metropolis did enhance in a single day however continues to be “unhealthy”.

Play will now start at 13:00 native time (02:00 GMT).


In a press release, Tennis Australia mentioned: “Follow has been suspended till 11am resulting from air high quality considerations, and play will not begin earlier than 1pm.

“Circumstances at Melbourne Park are being continuously monitored and additional selections will likely be made utilizing the on-site knowledge and in shut session with our medical crew, the Bureau of Meteorology and scientists from EPA Victoria.

“The on-site data and measurements early this morning were similar to yesterday, when practice and play were suspended and delayed. Conditions yesterday were forecast to improve throughout the day, which is what occurred.”


In accordance with the Atmosphere Safety Authority