Cape Town - Former Manchester United and Chelsea
goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes the Australian Open should be postponed
due to the ongoing bushfire crisis.
The ATP Cup is currently taking place in Australia, and organisers
have appeared to rule out the Australian Open being affected by the
However, speaking to Sky Sports, Bosnich says that all sporting events should be suspended until the crisis abates.
“People have lost everything including their lives. Over six million hectares have been destroyed and it's ongoing,” he said.
“The air here in Sydney ... you can only see about 300 metres away.
“Me personally, I’m always of the opinion that when there’s such a disaster (as this) everything else should pretty much stop.
“We had the debate about the fireworks display for New Year’s Eve and
why people are suffering so great I believe the least you can do is
“But as was made aware to me there are people coming from all over the country and world with pre-paid fares and hotels.
“It’s very difficult because it’s unprecedented and people are really suffering.”
The Australian Open is due to start on January 20, with a
fund-raising exhibition featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and
Serena Williams also scheduled for January 15.
Craig Tiley, the tournament director, previously said: “The forecast
is good. We don’t expect any delays and we’ve implemented additional
measures to ensure the Australian Open will be able to run as