Canadian world No. 103 Brayden Schnur called out Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as he believes the top players need to use their position and speak up about potentially hazardous playing conditions at Melbourne Park. The Australian Open qualifying event got underway on Tuesday and the organizers faced lots of criticism after the opening day as several players struggled with breathing and required medical intervention on the court.
The poor air quality caused by the bushfires continues to be a big problem at Melbourne Park just days before the opening Grand Slam of the season. "It's got to come from the top guys — Roger and Rafa are a little bit selfish in thinking about themselves and their careers.
Because they're near the end and all they're thinking about is their legacy and they're not thinking about the sport itself and trying to do what's good for the sport. So those guys need to step up," Schnur said, per CBS Sports.
2019 New York Open runner-up Schnur beat Sebastian Ofner in the Australian Open qualifying first round and he faces next Belgian Kimmer Coppejans. "You feel super dryness in your throat. That's 100% not normal and players who have asthma are at a huge disadvantage right now," Schnur said.