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Tennis Australia ends sponsorship with fossil fuel producer Santos

A sign showing opposition to the Santos Coal Seam Gas project is seen on a property near Narrabri, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Tennis Australia has confirmed the end of its sponsorship agreement with gas producer Santos amid a public backlash against fossil fuel firms sponsoring major sports events.

The Guardian reported that the “multi-year” sponsorship deal was terminated after just one season following a campaign by environmentalist group 350 Australia. The group has accused Santos of “sportswashing”; using its association with popular sports events to improve its public image and detract from environmental concerns.

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