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January 17th, 2015

Sick Novak Djokovic Hasn’t Practiced This Weekend At The Australian Open

Apparently Novak Djokovic is still fighting a sickness he began the year with. According to reports, the four-time Australian Open champion has skipped his practices and press appearances in Melbourne so he can have more time to fight an illness.

The Serb began the year in Abu Dhabi where he contracted the flu.

The top seeded Djokovic does have an extra day before his Tuesday first round match against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.

Posted by Staff @ 9:23 pm in Australian Open | 29 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Juan Martin Del Potro Has Withdrawn From Australian Open

Juan Martin del Potro announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open earlier today. The 26-year-old said his surgically repaired wrist is not quite ready for Grand Slam play.

After withdrawing from Brisbane, the Argentine was excited to be back on the court in Sydney where he won two matches. But with continued pain, Del Potro has decided to continue his recovery back in Argentina and not risk any damage.

Since his March 24 surgery, Del Potro hasn’t played a Grand Slam match.

Q. …

Posted by Staff @ 8:43 pm in Australian Open, Injuries | 11 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Poll: Who’s Your Pick To Win The 2015 Australian Open?

We are just 24 hours from the start of the first Grand Slam of the 2015 tennis season, the Australian Open. There are four former champions in the draw with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and last year’s stunning winner Stan Wawrinka.

Among the top contenders are 3-time finalist Andy Murray, US Open finalist Kei Nishikori and rising stars Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov.

Unseeded Juan Martin del Potro also returns to Grand Slam play for the first time in a …

Posted by Staff @ 7:49 pm in Australian Open | 24 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Troublemaker Troicki, Vesely, Watson Win Pre-Aussie Titles; X-Notes!

ATP Troublemaker Troicki Back from Ban with Sydney Title in 1st All-qualifier Final

In a historic first-time all-qualifier final on tour, Serb Viktor Troicki defeated Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday for his second career ATP title at the Apia International Sydney in Australia.

What you won’t read in the tournament wrap on the ATP website is the tournament win bringing possible closure for Troicki — who in 2013 was banned from the tour for 18 months for refusing to supply …

Posted by Staff @ 12:17 pm in Tennis | 8 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Serena, Sharapova, Yawn.

What’s up with the women’s line-up this year at the Aussie Open?

It’s supposed to be the surge of youngsters, but it looks like it will be the veterans going into week two.

Here are how the seeds fell in the four quarters of the draw:

Top Quarter

Top 4 Seeds: (1) Serena Williams, (8) Caroline Wozniacki, (11) Dominika Cibulkova, (15) Jelena Jankovic

Easy start for Serena, and a couple of interesting opening matches in (8) Wozniacki vs. American former world No. 1 rotund junior …

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 1:47 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 17th, 2015

Rafael Nadal: I Cannot Say I’m Completely Recovered From My Injuries

Former champion Rafael Nadal spoke to the Australian press today to discuss his outlook on the first Grand Slam of the tennis season.

Q. To be at the best level you can be, is it a question now of fitness or match toughness?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is a question of everything to be ready, to feel yourself confident, to feel yourself that you are 100% competitive. Always you need to play more matches than four or five in seven months. That’s a …

Posted by Staff @ 1:16 am in Australian Open | 10 Comments »

January 16th, 2015

Roger Federer: I’m Serving Better Than I Ever Have

Four-time tournament champion Roger Federer met the press to discuss the upcoming Australian Open. Here’s what he said.

Q. What is it about this Grand Slam which you particularly like as compared to the other three?
ROGER FEDERER: Sort of it’s laid back, you know. The city, compared to the other three, clearly is more small, you know. It’s easy to get around. Everything’s pretty convenient here. It’s really well-organized. Not saying that the other ones are not, but this one seems …

Posted by Staff @ 10:02 pm in Australian Open | 33 Comments »

January 16th, 2015

2015 Australian Open TV Schedule: ESPN, Tennis Channel

The 2015 Australian Open begins Sunday evening in the U.S.A. via two cable networks – ESPN and Tennis Channel. ESPN will cover the majority of the event including the final weekend matches while the Tennis Channel will broadcast first ball action and outer court, non-singles events.

ESPN2 will present daily, marathon, overnight telecasts from Melbourne (primarily starting at 9 p.m.) through the women’s semifinals, when the action switches to ESPN. Approximately 40 additional hours will be aired on ESPN2 during the …

Posted by Staff @ 9:40 pm in Australian Open, TV | 2 Comments »

January 16th, 2015

Kvitova Enters Oz with WTA Sydney Title Under Belt

No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova enters the Australian Open on a hot streak, on Friday capturing the title at the APIA International Sydney WTA event with a 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win over unseeded fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova.

“It’s always great to play the final,” Kvitova said. “And it’s an even better feeling to win in the final! I’m just glad how I played today. I mean, it was a very tough match to really handle everything. Two tiebreakers, it’s always very difficult. …

Posted by Staff @ 2:01 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 15th, 2015

Australian Open Men’s Draw: Djokovic Drives For Five, Federer v Nadal SF?

The first Slam draw for the new year just came out, and it looks like a good one for Novak Djokovic. The World No. 1 and 4-time Australian Open champion avoided both Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray who are situated in the bottom half of the draw with Roger Federer. So good news for the Serb!

Djokovic could run into John Inser in the fourth round, then a date probably with Milos Raonic. Juan Martin Del Potro is also in there, …

Posted by Sean Randall @ 8:13 pm in Australian Open | 61 Comments »


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ATP - Jan 19 WTA - Jan 19
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal3 Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray6 Agnieszka Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic8 Caroline Wozniacki
9 Marin Cilic9 Angelique Kerber
10 David Ferrer10 Ekaterina Makarova
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