Australian Open: Weary Andy Murray calls 4am finish a farce

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MELBOURNE: The pyrotechnics at play in a Grand Slam may be begging for a shot clock on scheduling, but does tennis need a curfew hour? Andy Murray ’s near six-hour battle against home hope Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open finished at 4.05am. And he wouldn’t be wrong.“I don’t know who it’s beneficial for. Rather than it being a Murray-Kokkinakis epic, it ends in a bit of a farce,” said Murray, whose press conference was recorded close to 5am.“It’s not beneficial for umpires, officials. It’s not good for the players.” Murray, who had exhausted his bathroom breaks, wasn’t allowed to use the toilet later in the match.
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Crackers likely to make Indore’s air quality ‘very poor’

Indore: Amid people showing great enthusiasm to celebrate the festival lights, air quality index of the country’s cleanest city is likely to come down to very poor category due to bursting of firecrackers.According to pollution control board officials, they have been keeping tabs on air quality index ( AQI ) between October 17 and 31 that has so far shown a continuous rise in pollution level.Indore’s PM-10 or dust particle level recorded at Chhoti Gwaltoli (Regal Square) air quality monitoring system was 30 on October 7 that falls into good category (0-50) while it worsened to satisfactory level (51-100) from October 8-14 (except on October 10 and 12 when it was moderate). The PM-10 or dust particle level of Indore from October 15-22 remained moderate (101-200) but on October 23, it reached 202 and entered the poor category (201-300).However, PCB officials, referring to the air quality monitoring system’s data, said that Indore’s PM10 or dust particle level reduced to considerable points during day hours on Diwali and was recorded as 170. The officials concerned are expecting that the city’s pollution level is likely to worsen by Tuesday morning due to bursting of firecrackers throughout Monday night.Last year, Deepawali was celebrated on November 4 and on this day, Indore’s PM10 or dust particle level was 236, which was in a very poor category. The air quality was measured from 6 am on Thursday (the day of Deepawali) to 6 am on next day.As the five-day festivities of Diwali were celebrated in the month of November last year, Indore’s AQI was slightly better in the month of October in 2021 than compared to the current month in 2022.“We are closely monitoring the air quality of Indore while a drive to collect samples of firecrackers on suspicion of violating the criteria of sound level and using banned raw materials is on,” said a senior pollution control board official wishing anonymity.Firecrackers have been banned in three districts of Madhya Pradesh - Gwalior, Singrauli and Katni - due to the poor AQI.

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