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Fears over smoke haze sees Tennis officials move Canberra International to Bendigo

Fears over smoke haze sees Tennis officials move Canberra International to Bendigo
January 3, 2020

Fears impacts from ongoing bushfires around the ACT have seen tennis officials make what they describe as an “unprecedented decision” to relocate the Canberra International tournament 600 kilometres to Bendigo.

Tennis ACT Chief Executive, Kim Kachel explained the decision to move the Apis Canberra International, set to begin next Monday at the Canberra Tennis Centre in Lyneham, was made after much consideration and consultation with the local authorities.

Kachell advised “the health of players, fans, volunteers, staff and stakeholders is our biggest priority at all times.

“Unfortunately, the best advice from the weather and fire experts is that the conditions over the next few days mean it is unlikely there would be any play. With conditions too unpredictable the decision was made to relocate at the earliest available opportunity.”

Tennis Australia Chief Executive, Craig Tiley said the unprecedented decision to relocate the tournament was a result of acting on the most up-to-date and accurate information available.

He advised “we have been closely monitoring the bushfire situation in the region and particularly NSW, SA and Victoria and are receiving daily updates from the local experts and authorities.

“We know how important the tournament is for players preparing to play at the Australian Open and the decision to move the tournament from Canberra to Bendigo has been made to ensure they can still compete.

 “We will continue to monitor the situation across the country and ensure we have the most accurate information to make any decisions about play.

“Our thoughts are with all those communities affected by the devastation caused by bushfires across Australia and further announcements regarding fundraising opportunities will be made shortly.”

The Canberra International is an ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s World Tour event, offering qualification slots for the Australian Open later this month.

Full refunds will be issued to those who have bought tickets to the event.

Image courtesy of Tennis ACT.

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