Two days of unplayable outside playing conditions have left the schedule at the Australian Open behind. You can find out who will be playing where on Thursday here.
Players were left frustrated after a second day of unplayable playing conditions in Melbourne on Wednesday kept them waiting hours for courts.
With all eyes on day four and the final day of round two singles, here are the big names and Aussie favorites to watch on Thursday’s four main courses at Melbourne Park.
‘IMPORTANT BAD’: PLAYERS TACKLE AO OFFICIALS ABOUT SNUB PLANNING
Players had to wait hours at Melbourne Park for a second day as the wild weather in Melbourne only compounded the Australian Open’s scheduling problems.
Outdoor play was postponed every half hour until 5pm, adding to the backlog of games, some of which had already been postponed since Tuesday due to heat and rain delays.
The large number of doubles games scheduled for Wednesday afternoon have been canceled while additional daytime pitches have been added to Melbourne Park’s three closed-roof stadiums.
The number 6, Maria Sakkari, said she sympathizes with players who are stuck on hold as she knows only too well how they would feel.
“Of course they are very unlucky,” she said.
“It’s just, you know, just bad luck I’d say.
“Obviously staying here all day is not easy and it is very tiring and very tiring. “Before I got to that level and had the privilege and opportunity to play on the big courts and right under the roof, I’d been there a lot. Sometimes I have to hang out all day because of the weather.
“It’s definitely not pleasant, but you can’t control that. Unfortunately you cannot control the weather.”
Top doubles player and brother of Australian Open marathoner Andy Murray whipped up the planning process amid the “crap” weather.
“Start at 11 a.m. on the outside courts. Players arrive between 8am and 8.30am,” Jamie Murray wrote on Twitter following delays in the doubles schedule.
“The schedule was released at 11:30 p.m. (on Tuesday evening). Unfair.
“Besides, the weather sucks. Just start the games later and give players more rest/prep time. You have lights!”
It is understood doubles games will continue to be postponed to later days to keep singles draws on track if delays continue.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek said it was “really bad for the players” who were forced to hang around at the Grand Slam while desperately waiting for the bad weather to pass.
“It’s really exhausting and they’ll probably have to stay on site for another day,” Swiatek said.
“There’s nothing the tournament organizers can do in my opinion, but I’m surprised they didn’t move yesterday’s games to the stadiums earlier today, but I honestly don’t know how that works.
“Maybe they have similar TV rights to get, I don’t know, seeded players or whatever into stadiums.”
American Jessica Pegula – ranked third – said the players are “quite adaptable” to whatever Mother Nature throws their way.
“Obviously, it’s never ideal,” she said.
“But whenever you’re best at handling it, that can also help your confidence a lot.”
Originally released as Australian Open: Day 4 schedule was released as wild weather hampering the tournament
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