Health officials demand that the Australian Open organizers devise a plan to cope with poor air quality, while thunderstorms and torrential rains pour in to clear up heavy weather.
- Poor air quality has caused chaos in the run-up to this year’s Australian Open
- Health officials want organizers to come up with a plan to protect players
- The game was delayed two hours on Wednesday to prevent the worst mist
- Former Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson skipped an exhibition tournament
Health officials in Melbourne have called on the Australian Open to devise a coherent strategy to deal with potentially poor air quality over the next fourteen days.
While heavy late afternoon thunderstorms and torrential rains invaded to clear up the heavy weather, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer queued up players forced to go out in dangerous conditions during the qualifying event.
Negative air values gradually improved on Wednesday, although the game was delayed by two in the morning to prevent the worst smoky mist.
Health officials want the Australian Open to be a strategy to deal with poor air quality
Heavy late afternoon thunderstorms and torrential rains faded to clear up the heavy weather
It remains to be seen whether the long-awaited cold change – welcomed for reasons much deeper than at a sporting event – will mean the end of the problems that have caused the start of the tournament, with the main draw starting on Monday.
Dr. Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer of the state, described the scenes of players who suffered Tuesday as “terrible.”
Former Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson refused to play the current exhibition tournament being played in the Kooyong area on Wednesday.
Some players have complained that there is insufficient transparency about the calculations of the event about what are acceptable conditions.
“Tennis Australia must establish an air quality policy,” Sutton said. ‘I cannot rely on what individual thresholds can be, it really depends on what it could mean to enclose a space and what filtration systems they could have as an alternative.
The start of the qualification for the Australian Open was delayed for the second day due to smoke
A man rides his bicycle and wears a face mask while the smoke-covered mist covers Melbourne
“But I think through all those thresholds, from poor to dangerous air quality, they should consider what their alternatives might be to protect as many players as possible.”
Richard Ings, the former referee who became head of the Rules and Competition Division of the ATP Tour, made similar observations via Twitter.
“There are monitors with live heat stress scales in the Australian Open player areas,” he said.
‘It should be even easier to produce a comparable objective scale for air quality. It is shocking for Australia that this is necessary, but it is absolutely. “
Meanwhile, the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, one of the world’s leading doubles players, explained the situation and posted a photo of himself with a face mask on Instagram with the text: ‘Ready for my first 1st round! ”