Australia fires: Dalila Jakupovic 'scared I would collapse' because of 'unhealthy' air quality
14/01/2020 | sport | tennis | 383
Dalila Jakupovic says she was "really scared" as she retired from her Australian Open qualifying match because of poor air quality in Melbourne.
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14/01/2020 07:15:36 12 10
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No worries. There are many things more important than sport. Let's deal with those first.
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14/01/2020 07:27:01 23 2
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Ridiculous they are still holding the open there at this time.
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14/01/2020 07:28:02 9 5
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It's about time the Australians got their house in order. I think they should ban them from hosting any major sporting events until this is achieved.
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14/01/2020 07:28:52 44 2
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Pretty obvious they need to cancel If the players have any sense they will organise a walkout
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14/01/2020 07:30:33 104 3
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It looks to the World the the organiser are more interested in the money than the players health. Locals are told to stay indoors and the players are told to risk their lives!
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14/01/2020 07:33:04 58 2
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There are two choices here. Either kit all the players out in full firefighters' breathing apparatus or cancel the tournament as there are far more important things in Oz at the moment. I know which one makes more sense.
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14/01/2020 07:33:04 121 2
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If the health of the players and staff was top priority you would not be playing period.
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14/01/2020 07:34:35 4 2
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Money is more important than sports and health and the fires. Let’s commission more coal fire stations, dig more coal up, increase the supply to decrease price, make renewables more expensive option and Bingo. Let’s keep the Australians uneducated and blame the ... And the people will believe it.
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14/01/2020 07:35:05 7 20
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That tweet by Svitolina just sums today's sportspeople...'why do we need to wait for something to happen before anything is done'. You didn't have to WAIT. You KNEW the problem. You could've done something. Too busy protecting your pay packet. Sort yourselves out, why don't you. Back on your private jet home.
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14/01/2020 07:49:43 0 1
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@9 I really hope your username is correct
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14/01/2020 07:41:08 10 1
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I think the point has been proven - the ticket sales etc are more important than the players' health. However, there will be some players who are desperate to compete for their own money, especially those at the lower end of the tour. Very difficult situation all round. Reduced games in sets and a 10 min break at the end of each set maybe?
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14/01/2020 07:41:38 5 0
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Did Tomic need to get an oxygen 'tank'?
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14/01/2020 07:35:05 7 20
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That tweet by Svitolina just sums today's sportspeople...'why do we need to wait for something to happen before anything is done'. You didn't have to WAIT. You KNEW the problem. You could've done something. Too busy protecting your pay packet. Sort yourselves out, why don't you. Back on your private jet home.
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14/01/2020 07:49:43 0 1
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@9 I really hope your username is correct
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14/01/2020 07:51:23 12 1
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Solution is simple. Cancel The tournament.
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14/01/2020 07:52:04 7 0
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Decisions made on the altar of money over players health. Scandalous.
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14/01/2020 07:53:45 4 7
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Dont have the event in the middle of the Aussie summer. Have it 2 months earlier or later. It is only held in Jan because the players want to get it out of the way before the main season starts, and they dont want it conflicting with the real Slams.
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14/01/2020 07:54:55 3 0
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The tournament shouldn’t be played at this time anyway after recent years. Far too hot normally to the point it’s becoming a danger to health. This is sad as a player or fan is going to get seriously hurt through this. The air is not safe to breathe for long periods. This is a fact regardless of sponsors and telly rights
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14/01/2020 07:54:55 6 0
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The tournament shouldn’t be played at this time anyway after recent years. Far too hot normally to the point it’s becoming a danger to health. This is sad as a player or fan is going to get seriously hurt through this. The air is not safe to breathe for long periods. This is a fact regardless of sponsors and telly rights
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14/01/2020 08:05:28 5 3
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All about money, what a ridiculous time to have this tournament, disgusting! Use the money raised to prioritise where it should be utilised.
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14/01/2020 08:05:43 7 5
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Unless they've been living under stones the players know about the devastation sweeping across Australia...people are dying and tens of thousands are losing their houses. The players have the choice of whether to play and damage their long term health. But please don't choose to play and then whine about the conditions.
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14/01/2020 08:05:44 11 4
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Not a bright decision to go ahead with the tournament was it? What do you expect from a country dim enough to elect a bunch of far-right, climate-change denying politicians to run their country - whose leader then clears off to Hawaii whilst his country suffers these extreme (directly resulting from climate-change) fires
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14/01/2020 08:05:45 12 6
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Why not add the Formula 1 to the pollution.... oh wait, they already have
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14/01/2020 08:05:47 12 0
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The matches need to be postponed or moved indoors. If this was the main draw the top players would refuse to play and rightly so, unfortunately the qualifiers don't have the sway for that
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14/01/2020 08:08:49 8 4
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Just delay the tournament for a few weeks. Besides there's a long enough gap between Melbourne & the French anyway.
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14/01/2020 08:21:50 1 22
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If footballers are “Pampudd preema donnas” [sic], then what does that make tennis players?
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14/01/2020 08:30:53 56 2
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24. Come on - nothing to do with pampered tennis players. I think this is a unique situation where the long term health of the players is paramount. Remember - it's both extreme heat and smoke they have to deal with. I think there should be serious consideration to delay or even cancel the tournament.
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14/01/2020 08:27:50 15 2
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The Aussie open seems less like a tennis tournament and more like some sort of physical endurance examination that Bear Grylles dreamt up. Previous years have been about playing in non-sensical temperatures and now this. Wonder if the authorities are secretly hoping for a near death experience of one of the players to try and boost ratings....
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14/01/2020 08:27:51 0 5
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Delaying the tournament means it'll be clashing with other tournaments around the world (there are tournaments in India, Argentina and France in the week after they finish). And as it's a Grand Slam, it's not optional for many players - I expect a lot of 'sick notes'.
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14/01/2020 08:29:52 5 17
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nobody forces them to play, just say no thanks
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14/01/2020 08:21:50 1 22
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If footballers are “Pampudd preema donnas” [sic], then what does that make tennis players?
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14/01/2020 08:30:53 56 2
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24. Come on - nothing to do with pampered tennis players. I think this is a unique situation where the long term health of the players is paramount. Remember - it's both extreme heat and smoke they have to deal with. I think there should be serious consideration to delay or even cancel the tournament.
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14/01/2020 08:33:54 7 6
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This tournament is always plagued by problems, why don’t they switch the date to their winter and rearrange one of the other tournaments, or maybe cut one out! No idea which one!
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14/01/2020 08:34:55 10 3
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Really sad but.... there are people who cant work because of the smoke 10ks from work not 300, whose work wont move to somewhere new next week and still have a mortgage to pay. Or that have given up work to volunteer to fight the fires.
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14/01/2020 08:48:55 46 2
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There was uproar that Sidney fireworks went ahead. Holding this tournament is putting players, spectators and officials health at risk. Stop it now.
And the eternal pre-mod of the lazy BBC continues. Oh well, since I can’t use the services I am forced to pay for .... Scrap the licence fee for this broadcasting dinosaur Removed
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It's nothing more than ignorance on the part of the Australians to continue with this tournament at the expense of players' health. The PM is climate denier and the whole thing smacks of a backward nation and backward culture. Removed
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14/01/2020 09:00:58 7 29
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I despair at the lack of thought that goes into these articles from a scientific standpoint. There is not, nor really can there be, direct evidence that the air quality caused this coughing fit. You can perhaps infer this but you cannot in all honesty state it as fact. But the BBC do have a narrative to weave so intellectual honesty be damned I guess.
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14/01/2020 09:03:58 11 0
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These are fit sportsmen and women and their are having trouble. God knows how the lest fit spectators are managing. Common sense should prevail and the tournament cancelled. But then the sponsors won’t like that....money talks!
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14/01/2020 09:07:08 12 0
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If people using a normal oxygen intake are being told to remain indoors for health reasons then how can it be right that those using multiples of oxygen (not sure of exact multiple) are expected to be outside?
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14/01/2020 09:07:28 4 1
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Such a shame, heart goes out to Aus. Melbourne and the Aussie open is a great tournament but the heat is tough, add the poor air quality.... they now have a major safety issue.
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14/01/2020 09:08:39 18 1
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Players, take action. Pull out. Contractual terms must surely allow for this. I love my tennis but in all honesty, this is ridiculous. If it was a tornado or flood , it would not be happening!
I have tried to put considered thoughtful and moderate posts on this system, but because of coordinated misuse of the report button by certain nationalist trolls I have been in pre-mod hell for over a week. I’m afraid I’m beginning to think the trolls have a point. The BBC (at least the HYS section) is not fit for purpose and I resent my licence fee being wasted on it. Removed
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14/01/2020 09:10:40 14 17
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God forsaken place - never understood the attraction of Australia.
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14/01/2020 09:10:40 24 0
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Clearly the health and safety of their players is not their priority if they are making them play in these conditions. Their priority is obviously profit and not having to refund spectators if they cancel matches.
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14/01/2020 09:11:14 78 1
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I think it should have been delayed or even cancelled this year. The prize money could have paid any who lose out who work at the event with the rest going to support the Bush fire appeal For once the show must go on should not apply here
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14/01/2020 09:21:27 14 2
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44 Irons45 Could not agree more, I cannot believe they even started playing this tournament, given the emergency status of Australia right now, some things are more important than sport, and this is one of them!! Put the money towards the Bush fires THEN play the tournament at a later date!!
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14/01/2020 09:12:18 4 4
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I pity these poor players
They can always come back to Europe. 90% of OZ population come from here and most of that time Europeans were like a smoke to the Aboriginal people. Removed
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14/01/2020 09:14:44 12 1
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If people have been advised to stay indoors then the games should have been moved indoors
end the TV tax posh people hitting a ball over a net and calling it the sport of tennis is absurd and offensive Removed
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14/01/2020 09:16:45 12 1
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It needs some of the top players to say no! The lower ranked players have to just get on with it or risk thier place on the circuit, so please for the sake of everyones health will the top players please put a stop to this
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14/01/2020 09:17:55 22 2
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Aussies are a good bunch on the whole but the way they are handling this crisis beggars belief. Coal - too valuable to leave alone. Sports - too valuable to postpone Tourism - too valuable to the economy They are even culling sharks now so that idiotic swimmers will spend more tourist dollars. Toxic flame retardant in the water system! Wake Up Australia!
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14/01/2020 09:21:27 5 1
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Health and safety first and foremost. It is clear that smoke is a serious issue and the impacting players. No way can the AO proceed in the current climate. No amount of money from sponsors and media groups can change the impact of the terrible fallout from the bushfires.
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14/01/2020 09:11:14 78 1
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I think it should have been delayed or even cancelled this year. The prize money could have paid any who lose out who work at the event with the rest going to support the Bush fire appeal For once the show must go on should not apply here
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14/01/2020 09:21:27 14 2
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44 Irons45 Could not agree more, I cannot believe they even started playing this tournament, given the emergency status of Australia right now, some things are more important than sport, and this is one of them!! Put the money towards the Bush fires THEN play the tournament at a later date!!
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14/01/2020 09:22:17 6 0
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— This is a real shame. Prayers and support to our Australian friends and family from the U.K. —
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14/01/2020 09:23:58 2 3
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Yet people in UK are on the terrorist list for trying to get politicians to take action on climate change which is fuelling these fires as doughts become more severe. Australia is in mega drought. These fires may be extinguished but how long until the next ones?
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14/01/2020 09:24:59 8 6
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Australia deserve their misery. They have mined and exploited their land for decades. Raping their environment, destroying natural habitats, wiping out whole ecosystems. All to grab the minerals and resources and make money. What goes around coming around. Prepare to reap the whirlwind.
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14/01/2020 09:24:59 10 1
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Time to listen to the Aborigines about Land Management. They used controlled fires for hundreds of years to prevent this kind of situation. The policy of using controlled fires has been cut back significantly and this is what you get. It is also noteworthy that this means that climate change has anywhere near as much to do with the fires as everyone pretends.
Cancel the tennis and turn the event into a whinging competition. Andy Murray then might have a change of actually winning it. Removed
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14/01/2020 09:28:13 6 1
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why don't the ATP pull the plug on the event this year, Australian people are being left homeless widowed etc and players who lets be honest are probably some of the fittest people on the planet have to withdraw or retire from breathing difficulties and local residents told to stay in! oh hang on I forgot greed is why its still on shame on you ATP
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14/01/2020 09:28:31 5 16
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Cancel the tennis and turn the event into a whinging competition. Andy Murray then might have a change of actually winning it. Show me on this Tim Henmann doll where nasty Andy found your bitterness button?
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14/01/2020 09:42:58 2 7
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@59. by Doug "Show me on this Tim Henmann doll where nasty Andy found your bitterness button?" ------- Tim who? Would that be Tim "nice" but Dim? Assumption is the mother of all f@#k ups... ...Or do I detect the ever present and always predictable Scottish narcissism at play here Mr McDoug?
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14/01/2020 09:31:32 3 2
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Australian's voting in a coal-loving, climate-change-denying PM may need to re-think their priorities. At this rate, Aus will be nothing more than a big lump of coal... shame.
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14/01/2020 09:31:32 12 0
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Excuse my ignorance but why is this tournament even going ahead? Priorities please, now is clearly not the time to hold a tennis tournament in a country in crisis. I wish we would do more to help them, I just seems that we're not doing much during this horrific time.
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14/01/2020 09:31:52 6 0
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Speaking as a massive tennis fan who always looks forward to this event, they shouldn't go ahead with it this year. Players and supporters are being put at risk, while the country literally burns. Do the right thing, ATP (wishful thinking I know)
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14/01/2020 09:32:12 4 1
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It’s a shame, but it does seem a bit like the band continuing to play as the ship goes down - this year at least.
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14/01/2020 09:32:33 8 4
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By and large Australia is an unsuitable environment for mass human habitation.
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14/01/2020 09:34:13 5 2
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Before the settlers came bush fires were commonplace. In fact there are some species which need fire in order to regenerate. The head causes the seeds to drop, and survive the fire, which then has clear ground in which to grow.
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14/01/2020 09:35:44 7 0
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Looks like they're prioritising the tournament over the health of the players.
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14/01/2020 09:35:44 3 2
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Just a perspective. Many more people have died in RTAs since September.
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14/01/2020 09:36:14 5 1
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The players should make a stand, refuse to play and sue the ATF if they become ill because of the conditions. Players welfare is more important than satisfying the Sponsors.
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14/01/2020 09:37:55 7 3
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Ahhh, the cost of flying around the world to play tennis.
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14/01/2020 09:38:16 1 3
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Maybe the Aussie government might actually do something serious regarding carbon emissions when they start losing megadollars and prestige through cancelled events
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14/01/2020 09:38:46 6 2
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The tournament should be cancelled
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14/01/2020 09:39:46 4 12
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Just a perspective. Many more people have died in RTAs since September. And loads more of cancer. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make here?
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14/01/2020 09:28:31 5 16
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Cancel the tennis and turn the event into a whinging competition. Andy Murray then might have a change of actually winning it. Show me on this Tim Henmann doll where nasty Andy found your bitterness button?
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14/01/2020 09:42:58 2 7
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@59. by Doug "Show me on this Tim Henmann doll where nasty Andy found your bitterness button?" ------- Tim who? Would that be Tim "nice" but Dim? Assumption is the mother of all f@#k ups... ...Or do I detect the ever present and always predictable Scottish narcissism at play here Mr McDoug?
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14/01/2020 09:43:48 23 1
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Cancel it and give the prize money to aid those suffering.
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14/01/2020 09:45:29 5 3
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Crazy to carry on as though everything's normal. And if any of these players develop lung conditions, the organisers can rightly expect to be sued.
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14/01/2020 09:48:00 5 2
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Is this the first time in tennis history where players, spectators and organisers are praying for rain to stop play?
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14/01/2020 09:48:31 1 10
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Drama queens No one made them attend Cancel tournament and donate all the large sums of money to the affected. Prima Donas all making something out of nothing My heart bleeds for them
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14/01/2020 09:49:31 3 31
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Getting whupped? Start coughing and quit. Show ponies. Meanwhile farmers work on to save their livelihoods. No connection between coal in the ground and bushfires.
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14/01/2020 10:00:46 3 5
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@78 Well said, these crazies who claim climate change are just in denial, there is nothing wrong in Australia just a little fire. These people are the same lunatics claiming the earth is round and the moon isn't made of cheese
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14/01/2020 09:50:01 4 1
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No way will the AO go ahead with the prevailing air conditions which are dangerous. All that's needed is a few of the top players like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to say they won't play. Health and safety first and foremost.
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14/01/2020 09:51:42 4 4
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@Bill Walker These fires were done in sympathy with the rhythms of nature. They were more controlled and much less fierce that the fires of today. There is a strong case to return to that style of land management, but the Australian government largely don't allow it. Hence the current disaster.
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14/01/2020 09:53:13 15 1
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Why hasn't this event been cancelled? Why put money before players health?
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14/01/2020 09:56:54 9 1
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If "...Melbourne residents have been advised to stay indoors on Tuesday", why on earth are tennis players sucking in lungfuls of contaminated air at Melbourne Park? Don't put profit ahead of the players' health.
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14/01/2020 09:56:55 7 1
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"it was not fair because it's not healthy for us. I was surprised. I thought we would not be playing today but we really don't have much choice." You do - don't play. If it isn't healthy then tell the organisers or your players union that you believe it is unhealthy to do so ...and don't play. It is simply stupid of the authority to ask anyone to ply. What are they thinking.
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14/01/2020 09:59:36 4 2
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I feel a lot more sympathy for the poor souls who have died and been injured, their families and those who've lost there houses. The sportsmen can all get on a plane and play bat and ball somewhere else.
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14/01/2020 09:49:31 3 31
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Getting whupped? Start coughing and quit. Show ponies. Meanwhile farmers work on to save their livelihoods. No connection between coal in the ground and bushfires.
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14/01/2020 10:00:46 3 5
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@78 Well said, these crazies who claim climate change are just in denial, there is nothing wrong in Australia just a little fire. These people are the same lunatics claiming the earth is round and the moon isn't made of cheese
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14/01/2020 10:00:46 4 2
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isn't this the same as when Nero payed on whilst all around burned. Why does sport just think it should carry on when the conditions are like they are.
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14/01/2020 10:01:57 2 1
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I worry when I see these comments. This isn’t political but athletes having their health risked. Folk then saying “well I have to go to work”...yes but not breathing in toxic air whilst playing tennis for two hours. Seriously it’s not on that these athletes are out in this weather to protect their livelihoods.
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14/01/2020 10:03:07 9 1
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Australia is burning. Property destroyed, people and animals dying. Slightly more important than a tennis competition I would have thought. Don't get me wrong. I'm a tennis nut, but lets get some perspective on this. Players shouldn't be playing in unhealthy conditions just because organisers are panicking about scheduling issues. It's 'only' the Australian Open.
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14/01/2020 10:04:58 3 0
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...Or do I detect the ever present and always predictable Scottish narcissism at play here Mr McDoug? At your service. And no, not really. I was merely responding to someone who was using this event as an opportunity to have a go at the best tennis player from the British Isles, ever.
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14/01/2020 10:06:49 4 2
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There is a total of A$71,000,000. prize money for the 2020 AO. This money should be given to all those who lost their homes and belongings in the terrible bushfires. Humanity before sport and corporate greed.
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14/01/2020 10:06:49 3 11
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Looking at this disaster it's not a laughing matter but I bet the Australians will think twice about scoffing at UK or any other green and pleasant land that we all enjoy here.
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14/01/2020 10:07:50 1 4
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Australia’s coal reserves are a financial asset but there is no connection with bushfires which are a natural phenomenon. Technology to remove coal emissions should be developed and better land management would reduce fires spreading. Separate issues.
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14/01/2020 10:07:50 8 0
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So while there is official advice being issued to residents to stay indoors, the Australian Open expect these athletes to perform at the highest level in dangerous conditions? Farcical.
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14/01/2020 10:08:20 2 2
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"Give the prize money to those suffering" - this is the country with the worlds 13th highest GDP. So what is the Australian government up to? Australia = #thirdworldaid?
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14/01/2020 10:08:20 10 0
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In any other profession, if working conditions are so hazardous that people were falling ill and requiring oxygen, the work would be called off until conditions were deemed to be safe. I appreciate that the Aussie Open is a high profile event, but surely the players' wellbeing remains more important than the event itself? Would postponing it really be so bad?
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14/01/2020 10:08:40 5 1
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It must be called off then out of respect to those victims who were victim to these bushfires, caused by not burning old wood and arsonists!
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14/01/2020 10:10:31 17 8
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Once again unable to vote any comment up or down.
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You
14/01/2020 10:10:51 2 6
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Great weather for a BBQ
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14/01/2020 10:12:04 6 0
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I agree with Finkelstein and Alan, lets get some perspective cancel the tennis give the prize money to the relief fund. People and animals are dying
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14/01/2020 10:12:24 9 0
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Money,money,money, always the root of all EVIL