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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 10:00 AM

Tennis player Dalila Jakupovic quits Australian Open after coughing fit in smoke-filled air

Source: NBC News

The air quality in Melbourne was “the worst in the world” overnight, according to Victoria state’s chief health officer.

A tennis player abandoned an Australian Open qualifying match on Tuesday after dropping to her knees in a coughing fit as smoke from catastrophic wildfires clogged the air.

“I was really scared that I would collapse," Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic told the Associated Press. "I never had breathing problems. I actually like heat. But ... I just couldn't breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor."

Jakupovic said it was "not fair" she'd been asked to play.

A thick haze enveloped Melbourne on the first day of Australian Open qualifying Tuesday as smoke from raging wildfires drifted over Australia’s southeast.

Victoria state’s Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, said in a press conference Tuesday the air quality in Melbourne was in the "very poor" to “hazardous” range, and was “the worst in the world” overnight.

Residents were advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed.

Australian Open said in a statement it will be consulting its medical team, meteorology bureau and scientists from the state’s environmental protection agency to make any further decisions about the matches.

But organizers faced criticism online, including from some players, for allowing the matches to go ahead.


More at link: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/player-quits-australian-open-after-coughing-fit-smoke-filled-air-n1115046

My heart really goes out to these players. What a farce. Can you keep denying there's a problem when your athletes are coughing, collapsing across the tennis courts in front of hundreds of TV cameras?

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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 10:08 AM

1. Tour Down Under starts this weekend


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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 10:13 AM

2. Can they schedule the quali matches in the stadiums that have retractable roofs?

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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 10:14 AM

3. I always look forward to the AO.

I can see most of the matches as opposed to the hours they are on here when in France and England. I have been worried about this and cannot imagine there is any easy way to change this this late (actually I doubt it would ever be easy to change). Why did they not do it before....well of course we all know the loss of money that would have come from that, but are not the lives of the athletes important?

If they force this to go on I may have to miss it. Playing in that kind of air could cause catastrophic breathing problems that could last for the rest of their lives. This is just not right.

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