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


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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....

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Are you kidding? AO and Wimby have best atmospfere from GrandSlams and it is even best watching experience on TV, FO and USO plays second fiddle.

FO stadiums have extremely deppresed concrete grey look and like 10 people attend it even during last weekend.
USO has too big and wide arenas so tennis there is losing all intimacy and "feel"
 

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Are you kidding? AO and Wimby have best atmospfere from GrandSlams and it is even best watching experience on TV, FO and USO plays second fiddle.

FO stadiums have extremely deppresed concrete grey look and like 10 people attend it even during last weekend.
USO has too big and wide arenas so tennis there is losing all intimacy and "feel"
some of the atmosphere for us Europeans stems from the fact that we can watch at night, where we are usually not bothered or disturbed by some real life shit that could come up during the day. So we can fully focus on the matches we want to. This is what makes the AO the most enjoyable slam to watch for me. Sleep often suffers especially during the first week, but in the end it doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping from 18:00 to 1:00 or from 1:00 to 8:00. At least for me.
 

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some of the atmosphere for us Europeans stems from the fact that we can watch at night, where we are usually not bothered or disturbed by some real life shit that could come up during the day. So we can fully focus on the matches we want to. This is what makes the AO the most enjoyable slam to watch for me. Sleep often suffers especially during the first week, but in the end it doesn’t matter if I’m sleeping from 18:00 to 1:00 or from 1:00 to 8:00. At least for me.
Good for you. But I can’t afford to stay awake all nights so I usually watch late afternoon and night sessions.
 

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Are you kidding? AO and Wimby have best atmospfere from GrandSlams and it is even best watching experience on TV, FO and USO plays second fiddle.

FO stadiums have extremely deppresed concrete grey look and like 10 people attend it even during last weekend.
USO has too big and wide arenas so tennis there is losing all intimacy and "feel"
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Are you kidding? AO and Wimby have best atmospfere from GrandSlams and it is even best watching experience on TV, FO and USO plays second fiddle.

FO stadiums have extremely deppresed concrete grey look and like 10 people attend it even during last weekend.
USO has too big and wide arenas so tennis there is losing all intimacy and "feel"
lolwut
 

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bad and unhealthy situation all around. for players and spectators and all those affected by these crazy weather driven fires.
 

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The air quality has been hazardous yesterday and today, and for scattered days over the last few weeks. Things will improve from tomorrow, as rain is expected. Also the bush fires have abated somewhat and aren't burning as badly as they've been in the past month. I don't understand how the measurements work but yesterday one index was over 200 and apparently Bejing is considered bad at 30 - 40.

Therefore I think the AO should continue but they should have developed an air quality policy. With the heat, if you suffer it is evident straight away how the heat effects you. A few doctors have told me it is unknown what the long term health effects are going to be with the bad air quality. Sydney has been consistently bad for months, but as I've said Melbourne has only had about 4 - 5 odd days.
 

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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.
Beijing stadium is built differently, it almost feel like an indoors tournament.
 

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Federer's chance to persevere his legacy will not be stopped by simple fires.
 

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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
Contradiction detected. Take a poII here on MTF to find out who wouId vote the actuaI HC major. Most 'unbiased' members wouId even now admit to there being 2 CIay as in 'additionaI' US 'BIue CIay' Open majors. Ever wonder why AA has more than twice the AO's of NadaI?
 

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Contradiction detected. Take a poII here on MTF to find out who wouId vote the actuaI HC major. Most 'unbiased' members wouId even now admit to there being 2 CIay as in 'additionaI' US 'BIue CIay' Open majors. Ever wonder why AA has more than twice the AO's of NadaI?
I have no idea what you just said.
 

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In other words, it's caIIed bIatant homogenization admitted by USO officiaIs & u stiII haven't answered my Iast question or was that aIso too tough for u.
 

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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.
No, there are no free dates on the calendar. However.... there is a tournament that fancies itself as "the fifth slam"; that wants to elevate itself to "Super Masters" status; and lasts nearly 2 weeks and has pretty extensive facilities: Indian Wells.

Indian Wells runs March 12-22, but there's not much preventing them from starting on Monday, March 9, so there you have 2 weeks. The event would be branded as "Australian Open at Indian Wells" or some such thing, and the AO trophy would be handed to the champion in the end. It could be co-presented by Tennis Australia and the IW organizers. Larry Ellison gets to preside over a prestige event and I guess some other stuff could be worked to "compensate" the rich SOB (not like he needs the money, but you know what rich people are like... :rolleyes: ) for putting his own tournament aside for a year.
 

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No, there are no free dates on the calendar. However.... there is a tournament that fancies itself as "the fifth slam"; that wants to elevate itself to "Super Masters" status; and lasts nearly 2 weeks and has pretty extensive facilities: Indian Wells.

Indian Wells runs March 12-22, but there's not much preventing them from starting on Monday, March 9, so there you have 2 weeks. The event would be branded as "Australian Open at Indian Wells" or some such thing, and the AO trophy would be handed to the champion in the end. It could be co-presented by Tennis Australia and the IW organizers. Larry Ellison gets to preside over a prestige event and I guess some other stuff could be worked to "compensate" the rich SOB (not like he needs the money, but you know what rich people are like... :rolleyes: ) for putting his own tournament aside for a year.
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AO is not giving up the money

The event will go on as scheduled, lest an asteroid hits the planet
 

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People have complained about rain

A roof was built.

People have complained about heat

Two more roofs were built

People complain about smoke

The most advanced Slam there is will find a Way.
 
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