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Sport Australian Open 2020: 'Federer and Djokovic wouldn't play in these conditions' says Noah Rubin

06:11  15 january  2020
06:11  15 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Would Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic have been forced to play tennis in the thick smoke blanketing Melbourne on Tuesday? That's the question American professional Noah Rubin is asking ahead of his first round Australian Open qualifying match this week. And the answer, says the 23-year-old, is no.

American tennis star Noah Rubin doesn’ t think Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic would have to play in the same conditions being experienced during qualifiers this week. There have already been a number of issues at the Australian Open with the bushfire smoke disrupting proceedings and also

Noah Rubin holding a racket on a court© Provided by Sporting News

Would Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic have been forced to play tennis in the thick smoke blanketing Melbourne on Tuesday?

That's the question American professional Noah Rubin is asking ahead of his first round Australian Open qualifying match this week.

And the answer, says the 23-year-old, is no.

Rubin took to social media on Tuesday morning to highlight the terrible air quality in Melbourne as a result of smoke from the devastating bushfires around the country.

Melbourne's air quality was ranked amoung the worst in the world on Tuesday, with Maria Sharapova's Kooyong Classic match against Laura Seigemund called off at 5-5 in the second set.

At Melbourne Park, Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was forced to abandon her first round Australian Open qualifying match after struggling to breathe while up a set against Stefanie Voegele.

"If this was Federer or Djokovic playing in the finals, would we have done things differently? That's always the always the question, and you'd have to think they would not be playing in these conditions," Rubin told Sporting News.

"To force qualifiers to play, it's a tough place to be in."

The situation surrounding the qualifiers highlights the difference between the players at the very top of the sport and the vast majority of players for whom qualification to the Australian Open can make or break a season.

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Australian Open 2020 will kick off with a concert raising money for the Red Cross bushfire appeal. So many Australians have been affected by these bushfires and AO have joined with Jessica Mauboy to raise money for communities in need.

Tennis Australia faced fierce criticism on Tuesday after a player retired with breathing difficulties and others were left "gasping for air" in the opening round of qualifying matches for the Australian Open . Dalila Jakupovic, the world No 180 from Slovenia, was leading her match 6-4

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“We don't have too many chances to make this kind of money and move up in the rankings,” Rubin said.

“Hypothetically speaking, if we lose in the first round, this is easily the most money we'll make at any tournament, so to say that you're gonna pull out or not play is a very tough ask.

“If you qualify, you're making really good money, you have momentum, good points and a lot of opportunity. That could easily allow for a great year of tennis.

"People say 'just pull out' but this is my livelihood, this is my life and my profession.”

Tennis - ATP Cup - Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia - January 13, 2020  Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the ATP Cup after winning his Final doubles match against Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta and Feliciano Lopez  REUTERS/Ciro De Luca© Thomson Reuters Tennis - ATP Cup - Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia - January 13, 2020 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the ATP Cup after winning his Final doubles match against Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta and Feliciano Lopez REUTERS/Ciro De Luca Rubin said there was even more confusion due to the lack of communication between tournament organisers and players.

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Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win the Australian Open and become the first man to Or longer. His six Australian Open crowns also drew him level with the all-time men's leaders of Roy "The fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year," said Federer , who

With his opening serve, Novak Djokovic stretched Rafael Nadal wide, sending the Spaniard sprawling. Djokovic quickly had his longtime rival exactly where The three powerhouse sets were as fine and dominating as Djokovic — or anyone — has ever played in a major tournament final. “It ranks right at

"(There was) very little communication - if any," he said.

"In the beginning apparently they sent out an email which I didn't receive. I felt we should be receiving an email every hour with an update of the air quality, and we didn't have that, so I'm not 100 per cent sure what the communication issues are and what's happening.

"I'm a little bit disappointed and I'd have liked to see a little bit more effort to at least inform the players - regardless of the outcome.

"Just keep us updated constantly. I want to receive a text every 30 minutes about the air quality.

"They may think of it as not that serious, but I'm out there playing tennis for three hours. They're not."

Rubin, who is scheduled to play Japan's Hiroki Moriya on Wednesday, arrived in Melbourne on the weekend and says air conditions have grown gradually worse since Monday morning.

He only practised for 45 minutes of his one hour long session on Tuesday, and is worried about long term effects on his health.

Despite his concerns, the world number 249 isn't planning on pulling out from qualifying.

“We can complain about it, but we're not going to pull out - I don't have the luxury of pulling out of a tournament like this," he said.

Australian Open practice suspended due to poor air quality

  Australian Open practice suspended due to poor air quality Australian Open practice suspended due to poor air qualityTournament organisers said practice at Melbourne Park had been suspended briefly but qualifying matches were scheduled to go ahead at 1100 am local time (0000 GMT).

Australia ’s weather bureau said there was widespread smoke across central and eastern Victoria state, including Melbourne, which was expected to America’s Noah Rubin complained on Twitter that players weren’ t being kept up to date and that the “lack of information on how to proceed is scary”.

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"I'm a professional, but the fact that there's ballboys and other people out there is kind of ridiculous.

"I'm going to play the match tomorow unless doctors say 'do not play,' but it's sad that the Australian Open is forcing players to make this decision."

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