The Australian Open practice was suspended and the rating was delayed due to poor air quality

The fog in Melbourne on Tuesday

The Australian Open practice was temporarily suspended on Tuesday and the rating was delayed one hour due to the poor air quality in Melbourne caused by the ongoing wildfires.

Organizers said conditions were expected to improve and would be “constantly monitored.”

It is estimated that 10 million hectares (100,000 square kilometers) of land have been burned since July 1 amid record temperatures and drought months.

At least 28 people have died.

The classification was scheduled to begin at 11 am local time (00:00 GMT) with British players Liam Broady, Naiktha Bains, Harriet Dart, Jay Clarke and Samantha Murray scheduled on the court.

However, at the time before the scheduled start time, the air quality around Melbourne Park was recorded at 229 in the Air Quality Index,