The rain hitting Melbourne helped improve the air quality of the city, invested during the qualifications of the Australian Open 2020 by the smoke from the fires that are devastating Australia. Despite the inconvenience of the day 1 of the tournament, the air quality improved and the three courts with retractable roof helped the organization to schedule several matches, including those of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.
But if the air quality deteriorates again, who will the players disadvantaged by these conditions? There will be a premise: if the air quality worsens again, the tournament organizers will certainly schedule the top-players matches in the court with the retractable roof, therefore playing indoors.
Playing indoors would mean having a surface and balls perhaps a little faster and this could be an important factor, which could favor Roger Federer. On the contrary, if the matches were outdoor, even with good but not optimal air quality, the favorites will be those players capable of unleashing great physical strength and great endurance.
So the favorites would be Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and all the tennis players with great endurance and physical strength. In general, thanks to the great technology of the tournament and the three courts with the retractable roof, the top players should have no problems.
For all the players who play outdoors, in adverse weather conditions, then the favorites will be the most physical and resistant players. As we have seen on day 2 and day 3, there is not only air quality but also another factor to consider for all tennis players who play outdoors: the wind.
The wind was the protagonist in the second-round match between Jannik Sinner and Marton Fucsovics, won by the Hungarian in three sets, even moving the balls hit by the two players! In short, very dynamic game conditions at the Australian Open 2020.