Australian Open officials had previously halted practice sessions and qualifying matchups due to the air quality in Melbourne, which has been hovering between "hazardous" and "very unhealthy" levels ever since the blanket of smoke settled across the city last night.
The Australian Open is scheduled to run from January 20 to February 2.
Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., needed some medical assistance during her first qualifying match before beating You Xiaodi 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1. I never experienced something like this and I was really scared. "I wasn't able to make more than three shots running left and right because I was already getting an asthma attack".
In tears and visibly distraught, Jakupovic was forced to medically retire and sought treatment from medical staff as she was carried off the court. "I was surprised - I thought we would not be playing today, but we don't have much choice". "We were talking about it but (organizers) said that they checked and that the air was fine".
The EPA's air quality controller Jason Choi told state radio the smoke would likely linger until Wednesday when afternoon showers were forecast. "When I was on the ground it was easier to get some air".
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A horse-racing meeting in the western suburbs was cancelled and outdoor construction workers downed tools for the day, but governing body Tennis Australia said early on Tuesday that "conditions onsite (were) improving" at Melbourne Park.
"When we find doctors who say that playing at 45 degrees is not risky at the AO and referees who say that the wet grass is not slippery at Wimbledon, we must be able to find an expert who certifies that the air quality is sufficient right?" TA said it will work with its medical team, the Bureau of Meteorology, and Environment Protection Authority Victoria scientists when making decisions about whether it's healthy to play.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the US move to scale back its travel warning and said Australia was "very much open for business", amid concerns the fires would damage the tourism industry and the broader economy.
The smoke haze in Melbourne caused organisers to delay the start of qualifying by an hour, but the conditions proved to still be hazardous for some players.