Burning issue: Will bushfires wipe out Aussie Open tennis?

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Burning issue: Will bushfires wipe out Aussie Open tennis?

Worrying implications for players and fans at the first Grand Slam event of 2020, which starts on Monday

AFP

The Australian Open tennis Grand Slam starts next week amid a bushfire crisis that has left at least 27 people dead and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

Toxic air pollution clouded Melbourne on Tuesday, halting practice sessions and slightly delaying qualifying.

Air pollution could pose health problems for players, fans and officials, especially in the high temperatures of the Australian summer. Until Tuesday, Melbourne hadn’t been as badly affected as Canberra or Sydney, but conditions deteriorated suddenly. Air pollution shot up to “hazardous” levels, city authorities said, telling residents to stay indoors and keep pets inside...

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