Air pollution due to forest fires, which do not cease in Australia, jeopardize the holding of the Australian Open in 2020.
The wind in the Eastern part of Victoria and New South Wales in Melbourne smoke appeared, and the air quality downtown was recognized by the authorities is very poor.
The head of the players Council Association of Tennis Professionals Novak Djokovic said that the postponement of the tournament should be considered.
Slovenian athlete of Dalila jakupovic interrupted qualifying match against Swiss Stefanie Voegele due to poor health.
“I was really afraid she’d fall. That’s why I fell on the ground, because no longer could walk. I don’t have asthma and I never had problems breathing,” said she.
Another tennis player Eugenie Bouchard during the three-hour match against Yu Xiaodi called for the court physician and told that her lungs like stuck the spikes. She said that recently had a bronchitis – of course, breathing problems can be associated with it, but the dirty air is clearly better did not.
Bernard Tomic is also called to the court physician. The Aussie is certainly not the most indomitable fighter in tennis, but his situation is more important than another. The doctor told him that in such circumstances, irritation of the throat – expected problem.
Ukrainian tennis player Katarina Zavacka told about the difficult conditions of a speech at the Australian Orais for major forest fires. The sportswoman difficult to tolerate local conditions.
It is very difficult. Headache fourth day, it is very difficult. Today I trained indoors, but still gathered a lot of smoke. Don’t understand how today appointed matches. They say tomorrow will be easier
– the words of a tennis player btu.org.ua.
According to the forecast the next few days, the situation really should improve, as weather forecasters promise rains. In addition, the tournament is very much indoor courts, which could postpone the matches. Most interesting is that when Novak Djokovic raised the issue of moving the Australian Open, organizers pointed out that in an extreme case, the main draw to play in the halls and closing the retractable roof over the Central sites.
Ukraine in qualifying for the Australian Open to butalbitalthe: Katarina Zavacka, Martha Kostiuk, angelina Kalinina Darya Lopatetska and men – Sergiy Stakhovsky. In the main draw announced: Elina Svitolina, Diane Yastremsky, Lesia Tsurenko, Ekaterina Kozlova and Ekaterina Bondarenko.