Australian Open 2020
The first major event of the tennis world is held every January in Melbourne. This is the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, which has a rich history. This includes more than 100 years of existence, epic matches, and emotional finishes.
Australian Open 2020 is announced to be “the biggest tournament in 115-year history”, organizers note on the official website of the Australian Open. In fact, all major players in the Top 100, both women and men, have announced that they will be present in Melbourne.
Australian Open Schedule
The Australian Open will begin on Monday January 20th and end on Sunday February 2nd with the men’s final. The schedule for each event of the AO will be different. Although the schedule is approximate, you can clarify it on the official website of Australian Open 2020 – www.ausopen.com.
Australian Open News
The Australian Open is supplying a huge prize pot in 2020. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year will have a record $49.2 million in prize money, 13.6% more than this year. The mere presence on the main stage of the Melbourne tournament guarantees a prize of $62,235! On top of this, the winners will go home with $2.85 million.
Air pollution is the main threat to the Australian Open, which has already begun qualifiers. The smoke from the monster fires, coupled with the very high temperatures of the Australian summer could have an impact on the health of players and spectators. Melbourne has not been affected as much by this pollution as Sydney or Canberra, but heavy clouds of smoke last week have raised concerns.
“All the information we have right now, as qualifying are going to start, announces good weather forecasts, so we are not expecting a delay (in the running of the tournament) and we have taken additional measures to ensure that the Australian Open will run according to schedule,” assured the president of the Australian Tennis Federation Craig Tiley.
The fires east of Melbourne are likely to burn throughout the tournament, giving off more and more thick smoke. “It will all depend on the winds,” Christine Jenkins, a professor of respiratory medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told AFP. According to her, Melbourne has not been affected so far by pollution sufficient to disrupt the Australian Open.
Meteorology and air quality experts will be on site at Melbourne Park to monitor the pollution. At the slightest warning, the same system will be applied as for very hot weather, with the immediate suspension of matches.
Will Air Pollution Stop The Australian Open?
Very unlikely. Even if air pollution increases sharply, organizers will find it difficult to cancel one of the main sporting events of the year in Australia. If they were nevertheless to do so, there would be no financial problem, according to the Australian press which evokes an insurance of an amount with nine figures (that is to say at least one hundred million Australian dollars, 62 M EUR).
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