Australian Open 2020: Melbourne air quality a worry for asthma sufferer Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova admitted she was worried about the air quality in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, particularly as an asthma sufferer.

The year's first major has been impacted by poor air quality in Victoria's capital after bushfires ravaged Australia in recent months. Organizers have faced criticism during the qualifying rounds, although air quality has been rated as "good" in Melbourne since Thursday.

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"I've been a bit worried about it. Now I'm very happy that, as I mentioned, the sky, it's there again clearly," last year's runner-up told a news conference Saturday in Australia (Friday in the U.S.). "Of course everybody knows that I do have asthma problems, which I wasn't really happy about that if the air is still bad.

"It's same for everybody, so it will be really difficult to breathe for sure. I do have my medicines here, as well. Yeah, I'm going to use it if it's important."

Kvitova, who faces fellow Czech player Katerina Siniakova in the first round, backed officials, however.

"Well, I'm very comfortable with everything they've taken," she said.