Just a few hours after the start of the first round of the Australian Open 2020 on Monday, January 20th, many games were canceled due to heavy rainfall in Melbourne Park. After the fires that hit Australia in recent weeks, the atmosphere is toxic and 11 times more dangerous ususal, causing respiratory problems and coughing to athletes.
Among the matches postponed was the premiere of the Greek champion Maria Sakkari. While her match was scheduled for today, bad weather changed the schedule and she will play against the Russian Marguerite Gasparian tomorrow, Tuesday the 21th. Certainly the Greek champion, No. 23 in the world, is the logical favorite for winning and qualifying in the next round of the first Grand Slam of the year.
On the other hand, Stefanos Tsitsipas faced Italian Salvatore Caruzo, world number 95, in his premiere on Monday, January 20th. The Greek ace was unstoppable and dominated with a 3-0 set against his opponent (6-0, 6-2, 6-3). He said after the race:
I always want to approach the perfect. In the back of my mind I had to remain calm and aggressive. It was almost perfect in the first set, I can’t remember when I got 6-0 last time. I can’t help mentioning the world. You should interview them and not me.
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