The Australian Open is struggling to hit a winner against an agitated Mother Nature.
While rain across some portions of Australia have brought some relief from the fires, storms have brought new flood fears.
For those Australians safe from disaster, enjoying the welcomed distraction of Down Under's premiere tennis tourney has proven to be a challenge.
Mops and squeegees seemingly outnumbered rackets on Monday as nine matches had to be suspended while 23 others were all together postponed by heavy rainfall on Monday, Day 1 of the famous competition.
Clear skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees are forecast for Tuesday in Melbourne but the schedule makers will have to make up for all of those rain-delayed matches from Monday.
Play Tuesday in Melbourne begins at 10:30 a.m. AEDT, or 6:30 p.m. EST Monday.
The three venues at Melbourne Park — Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena — have roofs, so many of the marquee matches were able to be played on Monday.
Under the roof of Margaret Court Arena, 15-year-old Coco Gauff defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams, 39, in their first-round match, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Gauff made headlines this past summer when she downed Williams at Wimbledon.
Venus Williams' younger sister, Serena Williams, had no issues on Monday, dispatching Anastasia Potapova in a 58-minute straight set win. The seven-time Australian Open singles champion said she was happy to see no smoke on Monday, after the bad air of last week.
“Today, it seemed normal,” Williams said after her first-round victory. “Yeah, it seemed pretty good.”
Native Californian Sam Querrey scored a straight-set win over No. 25-seeded Borna Coric outside before showers arrived on Monday. The Croatian Coric joked that he wished he could have blamed poor air quality for his performance on Monday.
“To be honest, I didn't feel any difference. I can understand some players do feel it, and I respect that. For me,” he said, “I was more bothered by my forehand and my serve than with the air quality.”
In another notable action on Monday, Caroline Wozniacki won the first match of her final pro tournament.
The 2018 Australian Open champion and former No. 1 defeated New Jersey native Kristie Ahn, 6-1, 6-3.
The 29-year-old Wozniacki, who announced last month she'd retire after the Australian Open, said she had to fight emotion knowing the end of her career is so close at hand.
“Once in a while, you're, like, ‘Wow, this really is my last one,'” Wozniacki said.