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Author Archive for Elias Visontay

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Game on: the ballkids getting the 2021 Australian Open over the line

The delayed tennis tournament means 380 Melbourne teenagers will be ditching school to run after Rafael Nadal in a year when strict Covid protocols mean they’ll effectively be living in a bubble Unlike some of tennis’s biggest names, Marlo Jenkins is t…

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Margaret Court to be honoured on Australia Day, sparking a furious backlash

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says former tennis champion holds ‘disgraceful’ and ‘hurtful’ views and should not be honouredMargaret Court, the former Australian tennis player who has sparked controversy in recent years because of her views on LGBTQ…

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Australian Open: how Covid is shaping the tennis tournament – explainer

Quarantined tennis players, fan ‘pods’ and much smaller crowds. Here’s how the 2021 Australian Open is shaping up amid the pandemicThe Australian Open traditionally makes headlines weeks before it starts because it’s the first grand slam of the season….

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Women’s World Cup: winning bid to hold contest would bring $500m boost to Australia and New Zealand

Joint bid for 2023 tournament to be decided this week and would offer chance of soft diplomacyAustralia and New Zealand’s push to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup could result in diplomatic gains with China and other Asian countries, and long-term trade…