Second-day Australian Open qualification delayed because smoke spray continues to harass Melbourne after a fall-out of ongoing forest fires
- Smoke in Melbourne still has serious consequences for the Australian Open
- A second qualifying day was postponed in a row due to unplayable circumstances
- Visibility is greatly reduced and a smell of smoke is in the air
The start of the qualification was postponed for the second day in a row because smoke spray continued to cause problems in Melbourne on Wednesday.
After heavy criticism from the organizers for completing the schedule on Tuesday despite air quality readings that proved dangerous, Wednesday’s opening games were pushed back from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The air quality was not as bad as on Tuesday, but it was still rated as unhealthy, with a greatly reduced vision and a smell of smoke in the air.
The start of the qualification for the Australian Open was delayed for the second day due to smoke
The start time was quickly reduced by another hour, with a statement from the organizers: ‘The practice has been suspended this morning until 11 o’clock due to concerns about air quality and playing will not start before 1 p.m.
“The conditions in Melbourne Park are constantly monitored and further decisions are made using the data on site and in close consultation with our medical team, the Bureau of Meteorology and scientists from EPA Victoria.
‘The data and measurements on site early this morning were comparable to yesterday, when practice and play were suspended and postponed. It was expected that yesterday’s circumstances would improve all day, whatever happened. “
A man rides his bicycle and wears a face mask while the smoke-covered mist covers Melbourne
Rafa Nadal poses for selfies with fans prior to the start of the first Grand Slam of the year