Australian Open training suspended and qualifying postponed due to poor air quality

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<pre><pre>Australian Open training suspended and qualifying postponed due to poor air quality

The haze in Melbourne on Tuesday

Training at the Australian Open was temporarily suspended on Tuesday, and qualifying was postponed by an hour because Melbourne's air quality was affected by persistent bush fires.

The organizers said conditions should improve and were "constantly monitored".

An estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometers) of land have been burned since July 1 at record temperatures and droughts.

At least 28 people have died.

Qualifying should begin at 11 a.m. GMT with British players Liam Broady, Naiktha Bains, Harriet Dart, Jay Clarke and Samantha Murray.

In the hour before the planned start time, the air quality around Melbourne Park was registered at 229 in the air quality index.