7 January 2020 | Tennis Victoria

Tennis Victoria would like to draw attention to information regarding the recent smoke that has impacted the state due to the terrible bushfires.

With the Australian Summer of Tennis well underway, Victorians are encouraged to get out on court and get active. However, as the weather has seen the introduction of smoke, Tennis Victoria implores those facilitating tennis coaching, programs and the like to exercise caution when outdoors.

“Firstly, I’d like to pass on the thoughts and well-wishes of Tennis Victoria to those affected by the bushfires,” Tennis Victoria CEO, Ruth Holdaway MBE said.

“The firefighters, volunteers and all those doing their best to help during this difficult time are incredible and we hope the tennis community’s Rally for Relief program, launched last week, will go far in assisting the many people impacted,

“I encourage all players, coaches, officials and volunteers to look at the most recent information regarding the airborne smoke and ensure they stay safe during what is always a key part of the tennis year, do get out there and enjoy the game, but please do it safely” she said.

In consultation with the Australian Open Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Carolyn Broderick, below is the advised guidelines for you to follow:
Reduction in match format when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is greater than 150 (Very Poor)
Suspension of play for outdoor matches when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is greater than 200 (Hazardous)
Important links:
Air Quality Index – What is it? CLICK HERE
Air Quality Index reading (air visual) CLICK HERE
Air Quality Index reading ( CLICK HERE
Air Quality Index reading (EPA Victoria) CLICK HERE


As the above table references smoke during a tournament or event, it is advised that common sense is used for non-event/community tennis. If players and/or volunteers experience any level of discomfort due to smoke, it is advised to stop immediately and consult a healthcare professional.

To view Tennis Australia’s Weather Policy, click here.

For further information on relief efforts organised by the tennis community, click here.