The Australian Open’s official choice of bottled water has baffled the public for the second year in a row. As fans came out to watch the first day of the Melbourne tennis tournament on Monday, they found something strange about the bottled water made available by the Open organisers. It turns out the ‘official water of the Australian Open’ is Chinese. In what universe do we need to import bottled water? This is the Open’s second year with Ganten, after partnering with US brand Titan Fitness Water in 2016 and Aussie-made Frantelle in 2017. In response to the same controversy last year, Tennis Australia said the Open had “a long history of partnering with international brands” given its “global” nature. We would like to add that Victoria has no container deposit scheme.
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