As bushfires in Australia continue to burn, the safety of the players at the Australian Open has been called into question. The bigger concern is for the millions of animals and people affected, but as the first Grand Slam of the season gets underway, issues with air quality have affected play, and created headlines.
At the Kooyong Classic, Maria Sharapova's match with Laura Siegemund was abandoned and in Melbourne, Eugenie Bouchard and Bernard Tomic needed media attention during their first-round qualifying matches. Most critically, Dalila Jakupovic collapsed during her first match, forcing her to retire.
Players and activists have called for something to be done, including Liam Broady, Noah Rubin, Brayden Schnur and Vasek Pospisil.
"There is a lot of speculation about the Australian Open not happening, or starting later," tournament director Craig Tiley said. "The Australian Open is happening."
Though qualifying matches were pushed back, they still were completed. Other suggestions have been to delay the start of the major, move matches indoors or to even move the tournament itself.
The last time the Australian Open was not held was 1986 because it was shifted in the calendar from December to January. Before that, the only cancellation was in 1945 due to WWII.
Hypothetically of course, what should be done?