A Canadian tennis player called Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer 'a little bit selfish' for not speaking out about the poor air quality at the Australian Open
"They're near the end and all they're thinking about is their legacy," Brayden Schnur said of Nadal and Federer. A number of players have suffered problems during qualifying matches at The Open as a direct result of the air quality in Melbourne, which is a result of the ongoing bushfires surrounding the city.
A tennis player was forced to abandon an Australian Open match over a coughing fit caused by smoke from bushfires . During her match against Swiss player Stefanie Vogele, 28-year-old Jakupovic was forced to abandon the game after she fell to her knees due to an apparent coughing fit .
Slovenian tennis player Dalila Jakupović has been forced to retire during her qualifying match at the Australian Open after suffering from severe coughing
Smoke from the Australian bushfires in South Wales and Victoria has engulfed Melbourne, the site of next week’s Australian Open, and it’s already causing breathing issues for athletes.
Dalila Jakupovic, a Slovenian tennis player ranked No. 180 in the world, collapsed in a coughing fit during her qualifying match and was forced to retire.
Awful scenes in Melbourne.
Dalila Jakupovic has abandoned herqualifying match after suffering a coughing fit while playing in thick smoke caused by the .
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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 Davila Jakupovic retires after suffering a horrendous coughing fit and breathing difficulties in the heavy, polluted air in Melbourne.
A player collapsed in a coughing fit and was forced to retire from Australian Open qualifying on Tuesday after organizers plowed ahead with matches A tournament spokeswoman told Reuters the players had agreed to play and organizers deemed conditions safe for matches to go ahead after
Jakupovic had been leading Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele when she began coughing and sunk to her knees, unable to continue.
“I was really scared that I would collapse,”“That’s why I went onto the floor because I couldn’t walk anymore. The physio came again and I thought it would be better. But the points were a bit longer and I just couldn’t breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor.”
Due to the smoke, the air quality in Melbourne is incredibly poor, as fellow competitor Elina Svitolina pointed out on Twitter.
Why do we need to wait for something bad to happen to do an action ????????♀️????— Elina Svitolina (@ElinaSvitolina)
Amid advice from officials that Melbourne residents stay indoors, practice matches for the Australian Open were suspended. The qualifying matches were delayed but did eventually take place, and the smoke wreaked havoc with some players’ respiratory systems.
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Farce at the Australian Open as tennis star COLLAPSES after choking on bushfire smoke - before Maria Sharapova's game is called off. The 28-year-old was leading her round one Open qualifying match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele when she collapsed to her knees in a coughing fit .
Australian Open player Dalila Jakupović was forced to retire during her qualifying match at the Australian Open after suffering from severe coughing fits .
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard won her qualifier, but had to stop several times for medical timeouts due to chest pains and the feeling of “spikes in her lungs.”
“I felt like it was tough to breathe and a bit nauseous,”“As an athlete we want to be very careful, our physical health is one of the most important things. It’s not ideal to play in these conditions. Just like the heat rule, there should be an air quality rule.”
Jakupovic agreed, saying, "It's not healthy for us. I was surprised — I thought we would not be playing today, but we don't have much choice."
The Australian Open officially kicks off on Jan. 20.
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