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Sport Australian Open air quality a worry for asthma sufferer Kvitova

07:15  18 january  2020
07:15  18 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Petra Kvitova admitted she was worried about the air quality in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, particularly as an asthma sufferer.

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Australian Open officials have some experience tailoring the tournament out of concern for player health. They introduced an extreme-heat policy last year based on research conducted by Tennis Australia doctors and researchers at the University of Sydney.

Poor air quality continued to affect the Australian Open on Wednesday with qualifying delayed for the second day in a row. Tournament organisers came in for heavy criticism after beginning matches only an hour later than scheduled on Tuesday and playing through the day despite conditions indicating a

The year's first major has been impacted by poor air quality in Victoria's capital after bushfires ravaged Australia in recent months. Organizers have faced criticism during the qualifying rounds, although air quality has been rated as "good" in Melbourne since Thursday.

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"I've been a bit worried about it. Now I'm very happy that, as I mentioned, the sky, it's there again clearly," last year's runner-up told a news conference Saturday in Australia (Friday in the U.S.). "Of course everybody knows that I do have asthma problems, which I wasn't really happy about that if the air is still bad.

"It's same for everybody, so it will be really difficult to breathe for sure. I do have my medicines here, as well. Yeah, I'm going to use it if it's important."

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Kvitova, who faces fellow Czech player Katerina Siniakova in the first round, backed officials, however.

"Well, I'm very comfortable with everything they've taken," she said.

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