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Australian Open 2020: ‘It boils my blood’ – GB’s Liam Broady on air quality email

Dalila Jakupovic said she was “really scared” as she retired from her Australian Open qualifying match on Monday because of the “unhealthy” air

Britain’s Liam Broady has described an email sent to players defending the decision to allow play at the Australian Open despite the poor air quality as a “slap in the face”.

He says it “boils his blood” that he was made to play his first-round qualifying match on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old was “gasping for air” as he lost to Belarusian Ilya Ivashka.

Play had earlier been suspended for an hour as Melbourne was blanketed in smoke from the bushfires.

The email was sent to male players by the ATP Tour and Tennis Australia, and has been seen by BBC Sport.

It concludes the “conditions are challenging, but the medical experts say they are acceptable for play”.

In a post on social media