This year, however, raging bushfires focused on the country and raised questions about the safety of players and fans before the Grand Slam curtain was opened for tennis.
What does this mean for the Australian Open, which is scheduled to start on January 20?
In Melbourne, where the tournament is taking place, smoke from fires in the southeastern states of Victoria and New South Wales is expected to rise during the tournament.
In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, the organizers of the Australian Open said that the tournament is expected to take place as planned, although defending champion Novak Djokovic said earlier this week that the delay in starting the tournament was being considered given the extreme nature of the fires have to be.
"If smoke penetrates the 3 stadium pitches, it is filtered out by the air conditioning system."
Djokovic, President of the ATP Players' Council, said: "I know that playing conditions in China are very difficult in terms of air quality, but that's different – I've never had such an experience.
"(Delaying the tournament) is probably the very last option. When it comes to … affecting the health of the players, you have to think about it."
The first Grand Slam of the calendar year is no stranger to the storm.
Temperatures will often rise to over 40 degrees Celsius over the next fortnight, and the same is expected this time as the country approaches its hottest point of the year.
Extreme heat policies have been in place for a number of years, and a heat load scale was introduced last year to make hot weather measurement more comprehensive.
"Estimating the likelihood of smoke-related interruptions is roughly equivalent to dealing with heat and rain," said Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia, this week.
"We have experts who analyze all available live data as specifically as possible for our locations and regularly consult with tournament directors and, in the event of heat and smoke, with medical experts."
As for the players, the resounding response to the bushfire was a call for support.
"Tennis is a sport, it's a game we play, and there are certainly a lot of bigger things to do in Australia that we need to lose," said Barty, who also donated $ 20,850 (USD 30,000) to the RSPCA to support wildlife that were affected by the fires at the end of last year.
"It means that it doesn't matter if we are a day or two late (at the Australian Open). What matters is that the Australians are safe and we can solve the bigger problems."
Canberra International, which started on Monday, has been moved 600 kilometers from the capital to Bendigo due to air quality, and tennis is not the only sport affected.
Rugby Union side The Brumbies have relocated their training base from Canberra to Newcastle due to poor air conditions.
However, this may not be an option for the global tennis elite.