Tim Henman, who is captaining a British team missing Andy Murray through injury, said playing in potentially poor air was nothing compared to the problems faced by fire victims.
Even so there are still firsts.
Those who question F1's credentials as a sport, given the role of the car in making the star, or its carbon footprint, might have no problem with that.
Zamalek are threatening to boycott the February 14 match against Esperance scheduled for Qatar, a country Egypt accuses of destabilizing the Middle East region.
The bushfires are the major talking point ahead of the 24-team ATP Cup, which is being held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.
Boult was sorely missed by the Black Caps in Perth and along with Tim Southee found early swing and zip with the ball.
"It was an act that defamed the sport," said the sports judge who handed down the ruling.
Auckland Classic organizers suffered a major setback to their tournament lineup on Tuesday with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu withdrawing due to "knee issues."
"Who cares about points in December? We just created a basis which we will work with from now on, that's all."
Eddie's not having a ball
Emirati Salem al Shamsi has invested millions in a squad dominated by Egyptians but also containing stars from Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Uganda.
The six-time world champion revealed he had to turn down a role in Top Gun: Maverick due to lack of time.