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Australian Open: Experts monitoring air quality in face of bushfire disaster

(CNN)When a new year rolls in, the eyes of the world usually turn to Australia as it hosts the first tennis major of the season. But this year it is raging bushfires which have put the country in the spotlight, and consequently raised questions about player and fan safety ahead of tennis' grand slam curtain-raiser. For months, fires have devastated homes and wildlife across Australia, killing 24 people. The air quality in the country has also worsened, with the capital of Canberra now amongst the most polluted in the world. So what does that mean for the Australian Open, which is scheduled to start on January 20? Melbourne, which hosts the tournament, is expected to see smoke blow over from fires in the southeastern states of Victoria and ...