A few days ago, World No. 103 Brayden Schnur criticized the world's top players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for being selfish and not speaking up about the air quality issues during the qualifying tournament at the Australian Open.
While Federer and Nadal had both said in the press conferences that they had spoken to the tournament officials about the same and were satisfied with their response, Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, has come out and slammed Schnur for criticising Federer and Nadal on the issues of the playing conditions.
According to Fox Sports, in a column for El Pais, Uncle Toni says, "I have been amazed by the statements of tennis player Brayden Schnur, number 103 of the world rankings, in which he called Federer and Rafael for not protest the air conditions in Australia because of the fires.
It is not worth stopping to argue that little can be done against natural catastrophes, nor to acknowledge the sure concern of Craig Tiley, tournament director, for trying to provide the best conditions for all participants; a fact that we do not doubt all who have been in that tournament.
What is most surprising, however, of all this tendency to continuous anger is that it is always towards what others do and, very rarely, towards what we do ourselves. I am surprised that the Canadian player, who later apologised, will be suspicious of the best tennis players of this Grand Slam (who, in addition, are breathing their own air) and, on the other hand, do not worry about the very different conditions of the players a little below their level, those who are playing Future or Challenger category tournaments.
Players who play these somewhat lower category tournaments do not enjoy the remuneration, facilities, services, attention and other privileges that are absolutely enjoyed by all Australian Open participants, Schnur himself included.
I think we are all sad to see the consequences of Australia’s devastating fires. We should avoid considering that anyone can benefit from such a situation. We all hope that the rain will come that they forecast for the next few days that the air quality could improve and that a tournament can be carried out with certain normality that, as always, will be up to the other Grand Slams.
So, solidarity with all Australians and understanding with the excellent organization of this tournament that, I have no doubt, will bring us great meetings and not a few emotions”. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have both won their first round matches in straight sets at the Australian Open on Monday.