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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