The Australian Open 2020 kicked off earlier today but the playing conditions are garnering more attention than the tennis itself. Due to the widespread bushfires in Australia, the air quality in Melbourne is unhealthy for the players, which was evident as Dalila Jakupovic was forced to retire from the Grand Slam due to a coughing fit.
The fans were taken aback by the news and asked for the tournament to be cancelled or postponed to save the players from various health hazards.
Just for people who think it isn’t that bad at Melbourne Park. pic.twitter.com/h8zYoP1WIJ
— Noah Rubin (@Noahrubin33) January 13, 2020
Shocked to see that qualifying matches have started @AustralianOpen
What about the health of all the people that have to work out there, especially the ballkids? #wherearethelimits? pic.twitter.com/2oldEptT2g
— mandy minella (@mandyminella) January 14, 2020
— Titus O’Reily (@TitusOReily) January 14, 2020
Today Melbourne’s air was the most polluted in the world with AQI readings up to 758, 2x hazardous levels.
— Dr. Lucky Tran (@luckytran) January 14, 2020
— Eric Rogers (@EricRog30348529) January 14, 2020
— Manouche Barcelona (@bounzifu) January 14, 2020
— Martijn Mos (@martijn_mos) January 14, 2020
@CraigTiley @AustralianOpen – I love Tennis, but I love the players more. C’mon mate, get your act together and cancel play when air quality is unhealthy. I don’t wish to see players who have travelled here from the other side of the world collapse or have to retire like this!! https://t.co/ocVuxs6MxR
— Moviedoc (@M0VIED0C) January 14, 2020
Stop it. Stop this tournament. https://t.co/44qQ9Yj7PB
— Eashan Ghosh (@eashanghosh) January 14, 2020
STOP THIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN NOW.
— Valentīna Barončīni (@ValeBaroncini) January 14, 2020
— leandri arthur (@leandri_arthur) January 14, 2020
Uhhh @AustralianOpen how hard was it to cancel qualifying today?
I’ve lived in this smoke for the past 3 weeks and people have to wear air filter masks just to walk outside, no one should be exercising, let alone competing in these conditions. https://t.co/f59yfHDVrs
— Fiona 💯+3️⃣ (@federering) January 14, 2020