Australian Open organisers monitoring conditions amid bushfire threat

Rod Laver Arena during the Men's Singles Final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 2019 Australian Open (by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian Open organisers have said they have no other plans to move events amid suggestions that this year’s edition of the grand slam tournament could be delayed due to concern over air quality in Melbourne.

On Friday, Tennis Australia announced that this week’s Canberra International tournament would be held some 370 miles away in Bendigo, Victoria amid risks caused by the ongoing wildfires and smoke haze in the capital. The tournament, an ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s World Tour event, commenced today (Monday), offering qualification slots for the Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne from January 20 to February 2.

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