Smoke haze again forces delay in Australian Open qualifying

courtesy: MGN Online
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Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Sydney, Australia---Australian Open officials have delayed the start of play by two hours on the second day of qualifying hoping that smoke from regional wild fires will clear later in the day. Smoke and hazy conditions at Melbourne Park on Tuesday affected the opening day play with organizers criticized for allowing qualifying matches to proceed.

A number of players complained. Australian Bernard Tomic sought medical treatment during his first-round loss when he struggled to breathe. Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic feared she would pass out before retiring from her match when she collapsed to her knees with a coughing spell. Health authorities expect the air quality to bounce between the “very poor to hazardous” range.