British tennis star Liam Broady has hit out at the ATP Tour and the Australian Open organizers for sending an email which they described the playing conditions in Melbourne as playable, adding that a players union should be formed in order to protect the interests of the players.
The Brit posted a message on Twitter in which he said, "The more I think about the conditions we played in a few days ago the more it boils my blood. We can't let this slide. The email we received yesterday from the ATP and AO was a slap in the face, conditions were 'playable'
Were they 'healthy'? Citizens of Melbourne were warned to keep their animals indoors the day I played qualifying, and yet we were expected to go outside for high intensity physical competition? What do we have to do to create a players union? Where is the protection for players, both male and female? When multiple players need asthma spray on court and they don't even have asthma? When a player collapses and has to retire due to respiratory issues? On tour we let so many things go that aren't right but at some point we have to make a stand.
ALL players need protection not just a select few." Several players were affected by the conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday as the qualifying tournament got underway. One WTA player was forced to retire from her first round match while several others required medical attention while playing in the smoky conditions.