The Australian Open will be impacted by poor air quality for the second straight day on Wednesday, throwing the qualifying schedule into chaos.
After only delaying Tuesday’s schedule by an hour despite the smoky conditions, Tennis Australia has suspended all practice at Melbourne Park until 11am AEDT and play won’t commence before 1pm.
It comes after the tournament received widespread criticism from a handful of players who were forced to play on Tuesday.
Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic was left devastated after she was forced to retire after suffering a coughing fit on court.
Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard needed medical assistance to handle a breathing complaint before she found a way to progress to the second round of qualifying on Thursday.
Fallen Australian star Bernard Tomic also requested a medical timeout during his straight sets loss to American Denis Kudla at 1573 Arena.
Across town at the Kooyong Classic, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova pulled the pin on her exhibition match against Laura Siegemund in the second set due to concerns with the conditions.
Matches in Bendigo and Traralgon have also been suspended on Wednesday.
Tennis Australia could look at moving some qualifying matches indoors.
Melbourne Park has three indoor stadiums – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena – as well as indoor practice courts, which may be used this week to ensure qualifying is completed.