Wildfires near Canberra forces tennis tournament to move

Officials say the Canberra International tennis tournament scheduled to begin Monday will relocate to a city about 600 kilometers (370 miles) away because of continuing wildfires and smoke haze in the region

The event is on the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF Women's circuit.

Tennis ACT chief executive Kim Kachel said Friday that the decision to move the tournament to Bendigo was made after consultation with the local authorities.

Bendigo is about 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of Canberra and in an area of Victoria not badly affected by bushfires in that state.

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