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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - When Simona Halep pledged to donate A$200 (£104) to bushfire relief every time she gave her coach a hard time during her matches in Australia this month, she was ready for the final total to be a hefty sum.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios has expressed an interest in joining his country's Olympic team in Tokyo, four years after withdrawing from the Rio Games in controversial circumstances.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal produced a clinical display to beat Bolivia's Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3 6-0 in the opening round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Alexander Zverev reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over Marco Cecchinato on Tuesday and promptly pledged to donate his prize money to the bushfire appeal if he lands a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios, bad boy of the tennis court turned hero of the bushfire relief appeal, put on a vintage show for a packed Melbourne Arena on Tuesday with a 6-2 7-6(3) 7-6(1) victory over Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the Australian Open.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The poor air quality which left players fighting for breath at Melbourne Park last week, and the extreme heat which disrupted the tournament in the past, will become the new norm if sports do not do more to address climate change, a report released on Monday said.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number 13 Denis Shapovalov says he will refuse to play at the Australian Open if forced to compete in poor air and expects other leading players at the Grand Slam tournament would do the same if their health is at risk.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer is bidding for a third title in four years at Melbourne Park and a record-extending 21st Grand Slam trophy but having not played competitive tennis since November the Swiss is keeping a lid on expectations.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fears of disruption to the Australian Open from bushfire smoke receded on Saturday but some players were clearly concerned about the conditions their colleagues were forced to play in earlier in the week.