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The fires have been a key talking point among players and TA has also arranged a fund-raising exhibition match at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena next Wednesday.

The ongoing bushfires have led to air-quality issues in Melbourne and organisers said earlier this week that there were no plans to move events amid concerns that the tournament could be delayed.

Melbourne's rating on the Air Quality Index stood at 156 on Monday, ranking in the "unhealthy" category. "Obviously, you have to always. because of some extreme weather and conditions, you just have to consider it".

Fires in Australia have killed at least 24 people since September and millions of hectares of land have been scorched.

Djokovic said his camp had been in close contact with Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and had been monitoring air quality in not only Melbourne but also Sydney where the ATP Cup finals are scheduled to be held.

"The qualifying matches are due to start next week and we now have information that the weather forecast is good", he said.

"Assessing the probability of smoke-induced interruptions is a bit like the way we treat heat and rain", he said.

According to Tiley, the tournament will work with the Bureau of Meteorology and medical experts to ensure the safety of the players, staff and fans.

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A Big Bash League fixture in the capital was abandoned because of a smoke haze in December and golfers complained of coughing fits and burning eyes while competing at the Australian Open in Sydney, where New Zealander Ryan Chisnall borrowed a mask from a spectator to help his asthma.

But as Melbourne Park has three roofed stadiums and eight other indoor courts, the chances of major delays appear minimal.

"It means that if we were delayed by a day or two (at the Australian Open) ... it really doesn't matter". That surprised tennis event, the Australian Open Rally for Relief, aimed at raising funds to help Australia in its fighting bushfires.

The event is part of the Aces for Bushfire Relief program, in which Tennis Australia is donating $A100 for every ace served at the ATP Cup in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney.

"Wildlife has been lost but it has also affected lives and homes so I have been sitting down and thinking with my team and family on ways we can help", Barty told reporters on Sunday.

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Sports stars from home and overseas are coming together to raise money in aid of the bushfire relief efforts across Australia.