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2022 January ATP/WTA Pro Tennis Calendar

Posted by Staff on December 19th, 2021 @ 10:42 am

Event schedule for January 2022 on the ATP and WTA tours:

ATP MEN
Jan 3 — ATP Cup Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne
Jan 10 — Sydney, Adelaide
Jan 17 — Australian Open (qualifying on site)

WTA WOMEN
Jan 3 — Adelaide 1, Melbourne 1, Melbourne 2
Jan 10 — Sydney, Adelaide 2
Jan 17 — Australian Open (qualifying on site)

2022 Australian Open Withdrawals

Posted by Staff on December 19th, 2021 @ 10:30 am

Confirmed main draw withdrawals from the 2022 Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 17.

ATP MEN
Roger Federer — right knee
Stan Wawrinka — left foot
Guido Pella — knee
Milos Raonic — heel
Dominic Thiem — right wrist
Tennys Sandgren — unvaxxed

WTA WOMEN
Bianca Andreescu — mental health
Serena Williams — right hamstring
Karolina Pliskova — right hand
Jennifer Brady — left foot
Karolina Muchova — ab
Nadia Podoroska – injury

Krejcikova Ousts Azarenka, Barty Battles Past Anisimova At Australian Open; Halep, Swiatek Today

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2022 @ 11:37 am

Ash Barty’s service streak was finally snapped Sunday night in Melbourne at the Australian Open. The World No. 1 had won her last 63 service games until getting broken to go down 2-0 in the second set to Amanda Anismova.

Barty, though, quickly got back on track breaking the American in her very next service game at 30, then pulling away for a 6-4, 6-3 victory to reach her fourth straight …

Awful Zverev Out, Nadal Moves On At Australian Open; Medvedev, Tsitsipas Monday

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2022 @ 11:16 am

Alexander Zverev’s dreams of winning a Grand Slam will have to wait. The German became the highest men’s seed out as he was dismissed in routine fashion by Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3.

After a tough road to his first Australian Open — playing 13 of a maximum 15 sets — the Canadian lefty enjoyed his easiest match of the event, breaking the German four times while connecting on 35 winners …

Sabalenka Improving At Australian Open While Halep, Swiatek Sharp; Barty v Anisimova Tonight

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2022 @ 12:11 pm

World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka played her best match of the year. Troubled by double faults, the Belarussian “only” hit 10 Saturday at the Australian Open in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova.

Sabalenka had to once again come from a set behind, but played the best two sets of her season thus far in the second and third.

“Of course I’m proud of myself that I was …

Medvedev, Tsitsipas Advance At Australian Open, Rublev Out; Nadal, Zverev Today

Posted by Staff on January 22nd, 2022 @ 11:52 am

Bottom half favorites Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos inched closer to a semifinal collision at the Australian Open.

Medvedev manhandled Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach his fourth straight Australian Open fourth round.

“I am really happy because every round at a Grand Slam is very tough,” Medvedev told the crowd after his 26-winner performance. “Even today the score doesn’t show this, but I feel like it was a much …

Berrettini Survives 5-Set Battle With Alcaraz, Nadal Advances At Australian Open; Medvedev Tonight

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2022 @ 11:07 am

The match of the day on the men’s first day of third round play at the Australian Open lived up to the hype as Matteo Berrettini went the distance to deny 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in a thriller 6-2, 7-6(3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(10-5) in 4 hours, 10 minutes.

Up two sets, a weary-looking Alcaraz looked done, but it was Berrettini who’s level dropped and suddenly the teen and his last groundstrokes was …

Anisimova Stuns Osaka, Barty Rolls At Australian Open; Halep, Sabalenka Sat.

Posted by Staff on January 21st, 2022 @ 10:47 am

Naomi Osaka’s run at the Australian Open came to an end in thrilling fashion as Amanda Anismova stunned the 2-time tournament champion 4-6, 6-3, 7-6[10-5] in just over two hours.

Anismova, who won Melbourne 2 coming into the event, had to save two match points on her serve at 4-5 in the decider to reach her third Grand Slam fourth round.

“Going into this match I knew I had to be playing …

Upsets Hit Women’s Draw At Australian Open As Muguruza, Kontaveit, Raducanu Lose

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2022 @ 10:07 am

It was only a matter of time before the upsets hit the women’s draw, and they hit hard yesterday.

The two finalists from the WTA Championships were bounced early as Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit were upset.

Muguruza, a former finalist, had nothing to offer in the way of French veteran Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s a tough day,” said Muguruza. “My serve wasn’t there, I think my shots weren’t there also, tactically …

Medvedev Knocks Kyrgios Out Of Australian Open, Murray Falls; Berrettini-Alcaraz Tonight

Posted by Staff on January 20th, 2022 @ 9:41 am

Nick Kyrgios’s act didn’t play well on Daniil Medvedev who ousted the part-time tennis player from him home Australian Open 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in just under 3 hours.

The tournament favorite Medvedev was 0-2 against Kyrgios, but behind a booming serve which registered 31 aces among his 68 winners he finally got that win. Kyrgios managed to win just 38% of his second serves.

“I came to win this match and …

Favorites Barty, Osaka Advance To Australian Open 3R; Sabalenka, Raducanu Return

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2022 @ 1:47 pm

Tournament favorites Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka moved to just one win from a fourth round showdown at the Australian Open.

Yesterday in Melbourne, home hero Barty had no issues in with qualifier Lucia Bronzetti in a 6-1, 6-1 blowout. Barty’s lost just three games in four sets thus far, and she’s held serve 48 straight times going back to the start of Adelaide.

After two qualifier, Barty will step up to …

Nadal Fights Into The Australian Open 3R; Medvedev v Kyrgios Tonight

Posted by Staff on January 19th, 2022 @ 11:13 am

Rafael Nadal stayed perfect in 2022 but it was much tougher than he expected. The 2009 Australian Open champion was made to work by German qualifier Yannik Hanfmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in 2 hours, 42 minutes.

Rallies and games were long as the Hanfmann was able to push the former No. 1.

“Having played him before at Roland Garros I knew that he is dangerous,” said Nadal. “His result against Thanasi in …

Raducanu Tops Stephens In Australian Open Debut, Halep, Muguruza Strong; Barty Back

Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2022 @ 11:58 am

In a much-anticipated battle of US Open champions, it was Emma Raducanu getting the better of Sloane Stephens Tuesday night at the Australian Open.

Both were question marks coming into the showdown. Raducanu had COVID at the end of 2021 and struggled since her New York triumph. Stephens just got married at the start of the year and had little match prep.

In the end, the 19-year-old Raducanu played two near-flawless sets …

Murray Survives In Five In Australian Open Comeback, Medvedev Wins; Nadal Back Wed.

Posted by Staff on January 18th, 2022 @ 11:40 am

Andy Murray is becoming Mr. 5 sets at Grand Slams. The former No. 1 played another grinding marathon match last night in Melbourne outlasting Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 in 3 hours, 43 minutes.

Murray had the full support of the crowd against the man he had just defeated last week in Sydney and last summer at Wimbledon. And like those matches, this would also prove to be taxing.

Though …

Novak Djokovic Might Not Be Allowed To Play The French Open

Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2022 @ 2:28 pm

If current rules stand, Novak Djokovic would not be eligible to play the French Open in May.

France’s Sports Ministry said today exemptions would not be given to the unvaccinated after a new law was passed Sunday requiring vaccination certificates in certain public places, and that includes sporting venues.

“This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice,” the ministry said.

“As far …

Novak Djokovic Lands Back In Serbia [Video]

Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2022 @ 2:16 pm

After a tortuous start to 2022, Novak Djokovic is back home in Belgrade after getting deported from Australia.

Along the way, the world No. 1 was captured on video at airport in Dubai after arriving from Melbourne and also once he reached Serbia earlier this morning.

DUBAI

BELGRADE…

Nadal Dominates In Slam Return, Zverev, Berrettini Win; Medvedev, Murray Tues at Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 17th, 2022 @ 2:06 pm

Rafael Nadal made a strong return to Grand Slam tennis Monday at the Australian Open. Playing his first best-of-5 match since the French Open, Nadal dominated former UCLA star Marcos Giron 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 for his 70th career win at the event.

Nadal finished with seven aces and 34 winners, losing just eight points on his first serve in the easy opening round win.

“It’s been a very challenging few months… tough …