Australian Open: Roger Federer says he did care about players' health

Australian Open: Roger Federer says he did care about players' health

"I don't have concerns because I am just one more player". "I think if she just takes a little bit of pressure off herself and she can just play her brand of tennis, I think she's got a good shot at winning it", said Chris Evert, who won two of her 18 Grand Slam singles titles in Australia and will be on site for ESPN.

With conditions improving ahead of the start of the tournament on Monday, Federer said he was not anxious about his health but said the tournament's communication had been lacking, with the official air quality rules officially published only late on Friday.

The Australian Open match is third on the order of play at the Rod Laver Arena.

Fires have been raging in Australia since September, killing at least 28 people, destroying thousands of homes and scorching millions of acres of land.

The row over air quality could potentially have been avoided had tournament officials been quicker to explain their policy.

"You get an email from the tournament saying that it's playable, and 'you guys have to go out and put your life in jeopardy, put your health in jeopardy'".

"What can I do?"

"Still, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and I will give our best to keep them away from a Major trophy in 2020 but they will get there eventually; when it happens, it will be good for the sport".

"I think that kind of rivalry, that has been special, has brought us to these tennis heights we have at the moment", Djokovic said on the eve of the event.

"I said, 'I think we're all confused". I told them communication is key for all of us, for everybody.

Djokovic opens his title campaign against Jan-Lennard Struff, the hard-hitting German, on Monday night.

"It was a phenomenal couple of weeks and great lead-up to Australian Open", he said. Federer, 38, is a six-time Australian Open champion and leads Johnson 2-0 in their head-to-head meetings. However, because of the 16-hour difference between Melbourne and the east coast of the USA, that means the tournament will effectively get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday evening.

The American star will face the teenager Anastasia Potapova in the first round in Melbourne, where she is again among the favorites.

As usual, the Australian Open basically comes down to this: will Djokovic win, or will someone else? Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday and runs until 7 a.m. on Monday.

Streaming is available via the Eurosport Player, both online and through the app.

Switzerland's Roger Federer attends a news conference.

Serena Williams earns a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title after victory over her sister, Venus, at the 2017 Australian Open.

Just 15, the American prodigy stunned five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon a year ago, before going out in the fourth round to eventual champion Halep.

It was at Roland Garros last spring, where he was busy collecting the title for the 12th time, that Nadal explained his philosophy about the race to be the all-time best, in terms of Grand Slam titles.

Two players who have asthma, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2019 U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, said they were anxious about how they would fare in Melbourne.

The complete first round schedule can be found here.

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