Slovenian tennis player Dalila Jakupovic says she couldn’t breathe after collapsing in a coughing fit during the Australian Open qualifying series
Jakupovic was leading Stefanie Vogele 6-4 5-6 at Melbourne Park when she slumped to her knees at the back of the blue hard court suffering breathing difficulties
Medics had to help Jakupovic off court after fits of cough.
Qualifying was delayed by an hour on Tuesday and practice was temporarily suspended due to the air problem.
People in Melbourne were advised to stay indoors
At least 28 people have died and an estimated 10 million hectares of land has burned since the 1st of July last year.
Eugenie Bouchard also left the court during her qualifying match against You Xiaodi, complaining of a sore chest.
Maria Sharapova’s exhibition match ended early because of the air quality