Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova had to take a break in practice match due to repeated coughing
Australian Open will be held in Melbourne, Victoria, in the fire affected state from 20 January to 2 February
Dainik BhaskarJan 14, 2020, 04:54 PM IST Sports Desk. In the fire since September 2019 in Australia, 1.79 million acres of forest has been burnt. Melbourne's air became poisonous on Tuesday due to the rising smoke of the fire. The practice matches of the Australian Open here on Tuesday had to be temporarily canceled. The Australian Open manager gave this information via tweet. The tournament will take place in Melbourne from 20 January to 2 February.
During a practice match, Eugenie Bushard of Canada complained of chest discomfort. Due to this, he had to take medical time out. She later won the third set and the match. Maria Sharapova also had to take a break in a practice match due to repeated coughing.
#AusOpen practice was temporarily suspended this morning due to poor air quality. Qualifying matches will begin at 11 am. Conditions onsite are improving and we are monitoring them constantly.
– #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 13, 2020
Experts will be present in the stadium during the Australia Open, the fire is most spread in the coastal areas of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia. While the tournament will be held in Melbourne, Victoria's capital. Meteorologists and air quality experts will be present in the stadium for safety. The tournament will feature big players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios and Stephanos Sitsipas.
So far, 26 deaths: Australia's fire has spread over 1 crore 79 lakh acres of forest in three states. More than 2 thousand houses have been burnt by this. 26 people have died. A survey has estimated that more than 48 crore animals, birds and creeping creatures have also lost their lives. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had announced the formation of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency on January 6 to give around 14 thousand crores.
The fire affected Sydney, Mallakuta, Walemy National Park, Port McCurry, Newcastle and Bluemounts areas in Victoria and New South Wales states the most. The fire started in the state of Victoria in late November 2019. So far 8 lakh hectares of forest has been burnt here. The weather is expected to be very hot and dry due to strong winds, thunderstorms, lightning strikes. This can increase the risk of fire.