Despite bushfire, Australian Open will go as planned: Report

Despite bushfire, Australian Open will go as planned: Report

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Australian Open organisers have decided to give a green signal to the tournament this year despite a raging bushfire across the country.

There were reports that many globally reputed players plan to quit the tournament this year due to health hazard. Some players even have complained about having to play qualifying matches in smoky conditions.

"There is a lot of speculation about the Australian Open not happening, or starting later," said tournament director Craig Tiley. "The Australian Open is happening," he added. Tiley also said he understood the anger of the players, adding he believed it stemmed from the confusion of seeing different measurements of air quality depending on the app or website they used.

Two days back, Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic had to be helped off court when she retired from her qualifying match because of the "unhealthy" air quality.

British player Liam Broady said having to play his first-round qualifier on the same day "made his blood boil", adding he was "gasping for air" as he lost to Belarusian Ilya Ivashka.

People in Melbourne were advised to stay indoors and keep pets inside on Tuesday.