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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Gary Lineker's celebrated quote that soccer is a simple game that "the Germans always win" might well be adapted to tennis and the inescapable dominance of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Melbourne skies were largely clear of bushfire smoke on Thursday as Australian Open organisers defended their decision to continue playing qualifiers during two days when a thick haze enveloped the city.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed and world number one Ash Barty's bid to end the host nation's long wait for a homegrown Australian Open champion will begin against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko when the year's first Grand Slam gets under way next week.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Cooler temperatures and clearing skies following torrential rain on Wednesday allowed officials to continue the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open on Thursday, with forecast smoke haze expected to clear throughout the day.
(Reuters) - Tennis great Chris Evert said player health is a serious concern heading into this year's Australian Open where poor air quality could hit competitors hard in longer matches amid the devastating bushfires that have engulfed the country.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal pledged A$250,000 ($172,000) towards the Australian bushfire relief efforts at a charity event on Wednesday in the leadup to the Australian Open.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game's all-time greats were labelled "selfish" for not protesting about the conditions.
(Reuters) - Australia's one-time child prodigy Bernard Tomic was eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday, saying he couldn't breathe because of bushfire smoke hanging over Melbourne Park.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Open practice was temporarily suspended on Tuesday due to poor air quality as bushfires continued to rage across the country.