Australian Open Results from Week 1
The ATP Cup, which was held from 3rd January to 12th January 2020 across three Australian cities, was also during this horrible bushfire. In those three cities, Sydney was the most affected by the smoke. ATP Player Council President, Novak Djokovic also raised concerns about the biggest tennis event in the country. He suggested if the air quality is not improved, then Australian Open event might be postponed until the time that gives the players the proper, healthy environment to play.
Despite the bad and polluted air quality, the smoky haze covering the city, and protesting of players, the qualifying event took place on the scheduled date. Many players criticize the organizers of the event but they had no option except to play. Players also pulled out of their qualifying matches and needed assistance on court. Dalila Jakupovic, a Slovenian player became the 1st victim of the flames. Leading by one set lead, she was serving 5-6, when she started coughing very badly, lying on her knees. Violent fits of coughing could not allow the world no 180 to continue the match and she was forced to withdraw despite leading the match by winning the first set.
Jakupovich said after the match that, she feared she might collapse, which was why she went down on her knees on the court and had to be helped off by a member of the organization and her opponent. She added that the situation was not healthy for players. She had thought Tuesday’s matches would have been called off, but they were not, giving players not much of a choice. Similarly, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard also suffered during her match and needed medical assistance.
Australian Open is the 1st Grand Slam of the year taking place in Melbourne from 20th January to 2nd February 2020. A few highlights of the event are:
• Australian Open 2020 will be the 108th edition in the tournament’s history
• Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the defending champions
• Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty are seeded no. 1
• Novak Djokovic will fight for his 8th Australian Open title, while Roger Federer will look for his 7th Australian Open title
• Rafael Nadal is bidding to become the only man to win each Grand Slam title at least twice
• Rafael Nadal will look to tie his Grand Slam titles tally with Roger Federer at 20
• Roger Federer is bidding for his 21st Grand Slam title
• Australian Open 2020 will be the last tournament for the 2018 champion Caroline Wozniacki