Djokovic defeats Struff amid Australian bushfire tragedy

Tweet This year brings us the 108th edition of the Australian Open and the king of the Melbourne Park surface, Novak Djokovic, began his defence under bittersweet circumstances, as potential health concerns in Australia threaten to ridicule the event. The world number two seed passed his first test of the Open in routine style against his German opponent Jan-Lennard Struff. The Serbian seven time champion, on quest to reclaim his spot as top of the pile in the world rankings, started as he meant to go on, coming up trumps…

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Djokovic beats Struff to make Australian Open second round

Tweet As president of the ATP players’ council, Novak Djokovic has some responsibility for player welfare. The bush fires, which have devastated parts of Australia over the past few weeks, have had a dramatic effect on the air quality in the Melbourne area. During the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open, players were suffering with breathing problems with some having to retire from matches due to the poor air quality. It’s difficult to imagine the self-titled “big three” playing in such conditions as the large stadium courts have roofs. As…

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