- The Canadian tennis player Brayden Schnur has called Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer a “little bit selfish” for not speaking out about the poor air quality at the Australian Open.
- Smoke from the bushfires surrounding Melbourne has caused problems for numerous players during qualifying matches.
- Dalila Jakupovic retired from her match after experiencing a coughing fit Tuesday, while Eugenie Bouchard and Liam Broady have also reported having breathing problems.
- “Roger and Rafa are a little bit selfish in thinking about themselves and their careers,” Schnur said, according to the Associated Press. “They’re near the end and all they’re thinking about is their legacy.”
- He added: “Those guys need to step up.”
- Nadal and Federer pledged $172,000 toward bushfire relief at a charity event on Wednesday, which raised $3.5 million, according to Tennis.com.
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The Canadian tennis player Brayden Schnur has called Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer a “little bit selfish” for not speaking out about the poor conditions at the Australian Open.
Numerous players have had problems during qualifying matches at the tournament blamed on the air quality in Melbourne, which has been affected by the bushfires near the city.
Dalila Jakupovic retired from her match against Stefanie Voegele on Tuesday after keeling over in a coughing fit, while both Eugenie Bouchard and Liam Broady have also reported having breathing problems.
The tournament’s director, Craig Tiley, has insisted “the health and well-being” of the players “is of utmost importance,” but Schnur has called on Nadal and Federer to challenge that notion.
“It’s got to come from the top guys – Roger and Rafa are a little bit selfish in thinking about themselves and their careers,” Schnur said, according to the Associated Press.
“They’re near the end, and all they’re thinking about is their legacy and they’re not thinking about the sport itself and trying to do what’s good for the sport – so those guys need to step up.”
Schnur, who is ranked No. 103, added that he had also been affected by the conditions during his first- and second-round victories over Kimmer Coppejans and Sebastian Ofner.
“You feel super dryness in your throat,” he said. “That’s 100% not normal, and players who have asthma are at a huge disadvantage right now.”
His comments came after Nadal announced at a charity event at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday that he and Federer were donating $172,000 toward the bushfire relief efforts, according to Forbes.
The event raised $3.5 million, Tennis.com reports, which is to go toward helping repair the devastation caused by the fires across the country.
At least 28 people and an estimated half a billion animals have died across Australia since July 1, while an estimated 14 million acres of land has also been scorched.
Qualifying rounds for the tournament conclude Friday, before the first round begins Monday.
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