Australian Open qualifying smoke situations unlikely to enhance, Racing Victoria cancels races


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January 15, 2020 08:33:41


Situations for the Australian Open qualifying aren’t anticipated to enhance till late Wednesday with gamers set to once more battle by way of smoke at Melbourne Park.

Key factors:

  • Situations at Melbourne Park have been so smoky yesterday that gamers complained
  • Tennis Australia mentioned it has put in measuring units for air-quality at Melbourne Park
  • Racing Victoria has cancelled two race conferences as a consequence of situations being “unsuitable for racing”

Numerous gamers complained concerning the situations on Tuesday, together with Australian Bernard Tomic, who sought medical therapy throughout his first spherical loss when he struggled to breathe.


Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic feared she would cross out earlier than retiring from her match when she collapsed to her knees with a coughing match.

Well being authorities anticipate the air high quality to bounce between the “very poor to hazardous range” till at the very least Wednesday afternoon, with a prime temperature of 34 earlier than a late change that’s set to convey rain.

Tennis Australia says it can proceed to work with their medical crew, the Bureau of Meterology and Atmosphere Safety Authority Victoria scientists when making choices about whether or not it is protected to play.


TA says it has put in measuring units on-site for air high quality, with play cleared to proceed in the course of the opening spherical of qualifying.

High seed Dennis Novak, from Austria, is in motion towards German Dustin Brown, whereas quite a lot of native hopes take to the courtroom on day two.

Among the many Australian ladies, Kaylah McPhee takes on Belarussian Greet Minnen, whereas Jamie Fourlis meets Fang Yin Xun from China.

Olivia Rogowska and Storm Standers are additionally in first spherical motion.

Within the males’s draw, Akira Santillan faces Frenchman Quentin Halys whereas Sydney teen Rinky Hijikata has a tricky first-up encounter with second-seeded Swiss Henri Laaksonen.

Australia is already assured 18 gamers within the singles principal attracts, led by ladies’s world primary Ashleigh Barty, with play getting underway on Monday.

In the meantime, Racing Victoria has cancelled two scheduled conferences at Caufield and Yara Valley “due to smoke haze and poor air quality” that makes situations “unsuitable for racing.”








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January 15, 2020 08:28:00

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