According to Dalila Jakupovic, the tennis star who had to give up on Tuesday in the qualifying tournament of the Australian Open, many players suffer from poor air quality. The forest fires in Australia cause those physical problems with tennis players in Melbourne.
"Everyone I spoke to yesterday suffered from headaches, throat complaints and breathing problems. It was very dangerous to play in such circumstances yesterday," said 28-year-old Jakupovic in conversation with the BBC on Wednesday.
The number 180 of the world also had a lot of trouble breathing and decided to stop in her qualifying match against the Swiss Stefanie Vögele. Jakupovic was in a lead at the time in sets (1-0).
"I think that all players suffered more yesterday than those who played today, because not all of those games were completed," Jakupovic continued. "It was terrible. Normally I like to play in the heat, but I have never experienced anything like this before."
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More players suffered from poor air quality
Jakupovic was not the only tennis player on Tuesday who suffered from poor air quality. Eugenie Bouchard temporarily left the job due to throat complaints and Bernard Tomic was treated on the job due to physical discomfort. A demonstration party between Maria Sharapova and Laura Siegemund in Melbourne was even called off by the many smoke.
Despite Jakupovic's statement - she went to the floor and started coughing very much - the organization allowed the rest of the qualifying sessions to continue on Tuesday. This led to criticism from a number of players on social media. The qualifying games due to bad air were first postponed on Wednesday and canceled later due to heavy rainfall.
The main tournament of the Australian Open starts - if air quality permits - on Monday. Kiki Bertens withdrew from the WTA-tournament in Adelaide last Monday, because she wants to be fit for the Grand Slam-tournament.
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