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Australian bushfires are still raging: should the AO be played this year?


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Really sensible thread. Organizer's don't give a rat's ass about tennis, but the revenue it collects. No one's life , health or career should be risked for that, and even though my heart is screaming "Let it begin already ffs!", I have to be reasonable here.
 

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The player who's won the most AOs should withdraw as a gesture and participate in extinguishing the fires. The other players should play on.
 

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If the ATP can't deIay AO for a week or IittIe more w/o messing up their other tourn. scheduIing too much, i propose repIacing FO for AO as there wiII stiII b a major on each continent for 2020.
But then not 1 on each surface
 

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If the ATP can't deIay AO for a week or IittIe more w/o messing up their other tourn. scheduIing too much, i propose repIacing FO for AO as there wiII stiII b a major on each continent for 2020.
Tennis has never needed the AO, it always plays second fiddle to the US Open as far as hardcourts go.
Heck, Agassi didn't play the AO until 1995!
Plus why would you play 3 clay masters and then a hardcourt slam?
The French Open is forever, while the hardcourt slams are late on the scene and will probably be gone in the next 20 years as hardcourt injuries will not be acceptable when sanity prevails....

"Try to avoid playing on hard surface courts with no “give,” such as cement, asphalt, or synthetic courts."
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It's still called the Australian Open. Use Uluru.
It is closed now, isn't it? I don't think aboriginal people would be pleased with things like Thugios and Lil' ChiChi throwing chairs and bottles on sacred ground... plus Mirka alone would need a direct train to Uluru for food and luggage. Majorca has better infraestructure.
 

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Such a kneejerk reaction. It can't be that much worse than playing in Beijing. Plus, the AO does at least have indoor courts. Play the qualies indoors and see how it goes.
 

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It should be cancelled immediately, more than anything as a wake up call. People keep acting as if we actually aren't on the verge of an apocalypse.
The world is burning? Oh well, we'll think about that later, time for some tennis
Sorry, not to downplay the horrible loses in Australia but we aren't on the verge of apocalypse. Please stop hysterical fearmongering.
 

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Weather forecast is that it is going to rain on Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday in Melbourne, which will help douse the fire and smoke. FYI.
 

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It should be cancelled immediately, more than anything as a wake up call. People keep acting as if we actually aren't on the verge of an apocalypse.
The world is burning? Oh well, we'll think about that later, time for some tennis
It's not like it can be stopped anyway so might as well have some fun until SHTF for good.
 

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Tennis has never needed the AO, it always plays second fiddle to the US Open as far as hardcourts go.
Heck, Agassi didn't play the AO until 1995!
Plus why would you play 3 clay masters and then a hardcourt slam?
The French Open is forever, while the hardcourt slams are late on the scene and will probably be gone in the next 20 years as hardcourt injuries will not be acceptable when sanity prevails....

"Try to avoid playing on hard surface courts with no “give,” such as cement, asphalt, or synthetic courts."
--Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists
Tennis Injuries & Prevention | Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists
Nice to see you deeply care for the Australian bushfires and our environment that you can open up your horizon beyond tennis. Maybe not all is lost in you 😘
 

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The below is the picture from Melbourne on January 14, 2020. It is hard to take Djokovic's whining seriously. Didn't he run away in the middle of RG'19 semifinal on the excuse that it was too windy to play?

Weird picture to use for the point you are making. The entire city looks covered in smoke/smog - do you want to breathe that?
 

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I think I got it. Cancel whole thing and proclaim ATP Cup as AO in retrospective. Intensity was very good and even final had classic cast one would expect from grandslam :)
 

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If the ATP can't deIay AO for a week or IittIe more w/o messing up their other tourn. scheduIing too much, i propose repIacing FO for AO as there wiII stiII b a major on each continent for 2020.
AO or any grandslam isnt organized by ATP :)
 

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It does not make sense to play it. But how many players would be ready to skip it due to the situation ? Not sure, not many. Money and points rule. It would not be possible anyhow to postpone it as no dates would be free in the calendar.
 
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