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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates victory against Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

Rafa Nadal hit the ground running at the Australian Open on Tuesday by hammering unseeded Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova after her defeat against Croatia’s Donna Vekicat the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

Maria Sharapova offered no guarantees that she will be back at the Australian Open after a first-round defeat against Donna Vekic. Ongoing shoulder (...)

Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Coco Gauff defeated Venus Williams again in the first round of the Australian Open. The 15-year-old’s success in the first round at Wimbledon last su(...)

Tourists are seen taking pictures of Sydney Harbour in the rain on January 17th,  in Sydney. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia’s east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought(...)

A view of the Australian Tennis centre and MCG from Eureka Tower as smoke and haze from bushfires  hangs over Melbourne. Photograph: David Crosling/EPA

Someone once told me about a film actor who had developed a powerful ecological conscience, and in this spirit he bought every cast and crew member on(...)

Coco Gauff will play against Venus Williams  in the first round of the Australian Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Coco Gauff was sensationally drawn against Venus Williams again in the first round of the Australian Open. It was victory over Williams for then 14-(...)

Heavy rain falls during an Australian Open practice session at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Scott Barbour/EPA

Like farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron grip of heat and smoke(...)

A view of smoke haze at Melbourne Park where organisers of the Australian Open tennis tournament announced a suspension of practice sessions and a delay of the start of qualifying matches due to the conditions. Photograph: EPA

Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time grea(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return during her match with Laura Siegemond of Germany which was abandoned due to the smoke from Australia’s bushfires at the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament, in Melbourne. Photograph: Getty Images

The safety of players at this year’s Australian Open has been brought into sharp focus after a day of poor air quality in Melbourne forced the abandon(...)

The fires could rage in Australia for a couple more months. But the greater fears must be longer term.

The book The Lucky Country was written about Australia in the 1960s, and since then the label has stuck. For anyone slogging their way through a Briti(...)

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