Mud and dust delays Australian Open

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Australian Open games were delayed on outside courts Thursday due to the dust and mud that came down during a rainstorm in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Courts had to be power washed with organisers saying the start would be delayed by three hours, though this would be extended by rain with Ernests Gulbis and Aljaz Bedene having to go back inside after playing four games.

“Due to the rain and dust overnight the outside courts need high pressure cleaning, which is currently underway”

A statement from the tournament organisers on Twitter

“Our team is working across Melbourne Park to prepare the outside courts for play.”

A statement from the tournament organisers on Twitter

Australia has had a summer of bizarre weather, which this week has got the organisers scrambling to reschedule rain affected round one matches.

Smoke from bushfires caused havoc in the buildup to the tournament, which forced practice and qualifying to be suspended because of poor air quality.

Kyrgios and Nadal take centre stage

World No.1 Rafael Nadal and Nick Kygrios remain on track for a fourth round tussle but still face some hard opponents as the Australian Open continues to unfold. Nadal and Kygrios could meet in the last 16 which would be their first encounter since Kyrgios smashed a forehand at Nadal as temperers boiled over at Wimbledon 2019.

Kyrgios still needs to pass veteran Gilles Simon, the pair are in action in the night session on Melbourne arena. The frenchman now ranked No.61 is a former top 20 player and showed his class against round one straight sets win over Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay.

Nadal is the headliner in the night session on Rod Laver Arena and is likely to beat the Argentine Federico Delbonis with the world No.76 passing the first round at Melbourne Park only once before.

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17:52

Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.

18:48

Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.

19:19

Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.

19:50

Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.

20:20

Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.

20:51

Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

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