Posted by Staff on December 19th, 2020 @ 12:15 am
The latest 2021 women’s tennis schedule as confirmed by the WTA Tour.
2021 WTA Tour Schedule
Jan 5 – Abu Dhabi 500 (H – 64)
Jan 10 – Australian Open Qualifying – Dubai (H – 128)
Jan 31 – Melbourne 1 500 Gippsland Trophy (H – 54)
Jan 31 – Melbourne 2 500 Yarra Valley Classic (H – 54)
Feb 3 – Melbourne 3 500 Grampians Trophy (H – 28)
Feb 8 – Australian Open (H – …
Posted by Staff on December 16th, 2020 @ 9:50 pm
Latest 2021 men’s tennis calendar as confirmed by the ATP tour:
2021 ATP Tour Schedule
Jan 5 – Delray Beach 250 (H – 28)
Jan 5 – Antalya 250 (H – 32)
Jan 10 – Australian Open Qualifying in Doha
Feb 1 – Melbourne 1 250 (Adelaide) Great Ocean Road (H – 56)
Feb 1 – Melbourne 2 250 Murray River Open (H – 56)
Feb 2 – ATP Cup Melbourne (H – 12 teams)
Feb 8 …
Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2021 @ 6:03 pm
Roger Federer is ready for his return on March 8 in Doha.
Follow two surgeries on his right knee, the former No. 1 hasn’t been on tour since his Australian Open semifinal loss last year to Novak Djokovic.
Federer was hopeful to return in Australia but even the late start wasn’t enough to sway the Swiss.
Federer announced the “countdown” on social media. He’s won Doha three times, though most recently …
Posted by Staff on February 26th, 2021 @ 1:09 am
Rafael Nadal was signed up to play in the Rotterdam indoor event next week. He is no longer playing so he can rest his back, he posted on social media.
It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne. We found a temporary solution that allowed me …
Posted by Sean Randall on February 22nd, 2021 @ 4:21 pm
Wrapping a busy month in Melbourne when some thoughts on our first Grand Slam champions of 2021:
1. DJOKOVIC DOMINATION
This was supposed to be it. The end of Novak Djokovic’s reign in Australia.
Riding his 20-match win streak, with all those titles, wins over Top 10s and with Djokovic struggling against the likes of Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, and with injury; the Russian Daniil Medvedev was going to do what have never …
Posted by Staff on February 21st, 2021 @ 7:49 am
Daniil Medvedev was supposed to be a true test, a true threat to Novak Djokovic’s domination Down Under at the Australian Open. That didn’t happen.
Djokovic masters Medvedev with ease rolling the Russian 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win his 9th Australian Open title and 18th Slam. And he did it in under two hours.
“I would like to thank this court, I would like to thank Rod Laver Arena, I love you …
Posted by Sean Randall on February 20th, 2021 @ 3:47 pm
In an unsurprising men’s final at the Australian Open tonight, it’s the top two tournament favorites from the start with Novak Djokovic going for a record-extending ninth Melbourne title against Daniil Medvedev who has never won a final this big before.
I picked Djokovic at the start of the event (as did so many others), and I’m going to stick with that prediction. But…Wow is Medvedev playing some good tennis.
The big …
Posted by Staff on February 20th, 2021 @ 2:37 pm
Naomi Osaka proved she is the undisputed best hard court player in the women’s game Saturday night in Melbourne, easing past Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam.
“I didn’t play my last Grand Slam with fans so just to have this energy it means a lot,” Osaka told the crowd on court.
“Thank you so much for coming. I feel like playing a …
Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2021 @ 9:36 pm
Naomi Osaka will look to keep her record perfect when she makes a Grand Slam quarterfinal tonight in Melbourne against American upstart Jennifer Brady.
Osaka, who is 11-0 when reaching a Slam final, is seeking her 4th career title at this level. Brady is appearing in her first Grand Slam final.
The two just met in New York at the US Open in the semifinals where Osaka won a tough three …
Posted by Staff on February 19th, 2021 @ 1:57 pm
Daniil Medvedev kept his win streak alive Friday night in Melbourne blowing past rival Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in just over two hours to reach his first Australian Open final, and his second Slam title match.
“He was tired after the match with Rafa,” said Medvedev. “During today’s match, I saw that as soon as I was moving him around the court, it was not easy for him.
“As soon as …
Posted by Sean Randall on February 18th, 2021 @ 2:53 pm
What ab tear? A week ago there were some serious doubts of the health of Novak Djokovic after sustaining what he called a muscle tear to his abdominal region.
Well, it’s miraculously healed (or, more likely it was never a tear).
Regardless, the Serb played his best match of what has been a tougher-than-expected tournament for him, blowing out the Cinderella story Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday night at the …
Posted by Staff on February 18th, 2021 @ 7:34 am
The much-hyped showdown between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka went the way of the younger generation as the Japanese star overcame an early deficit to take the match 6-3, 6-4 and reach her second Australian Open final.
“I have this mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up,” Osaka said. “You might, but the winner’s name is the one that’s engraved.”
Serena began the match the sharper player as Osaka sprayed errors and …
Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Daniil Medvedev wrecked Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
“We had some unbelievable rallies and after the point it’s tough to breathe,” said Medvedev. “I think I’m one of the few players to make Andrey that tired and I’m quite happy about it.
“I know how to neutralize his amazing big shots,” he added. “That was definitely one of the best matches I …
Posted by Staff on February 17th, 2021 @ 2:54 am
The women’s semifinals take center stage Thursday at the Australian Open in Melbourne. With fans expected to return during after a 5-day lockdown, Serena Williams takes on Naomi Osaka in a blockbuster meeting.
Osaka leads the legend 2-1 including that incredible US Open win in 2018. Serena, though, is playing well and out for revenge.
“I’ve been watching her and I’m sure she’s been watching me,” Serena said.
“I feel like this …
Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2021 @ 11:46 am
Aslan Karatsev continues to be a huge story. The 27-year-old Russian had never played a Grand Slam match until this week, and now finds himself into a Slam semifinal after taking out three straight seeds including Tuesday’s 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Of course it’s my first time playing main draw, first time semis,” Karatsev said. “It’s incredible.”
Dimitrov, a former Australian Open semifinalist in …
Posted by Staff on February 16th, 2021 @ 10:03 am
The super semifinal showdown is set between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka Thursday afternoon at the Australian Open.
Today, Osaka had no trouble blowing past the tricky Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-2.
“Today it was really important to have a plan, just because she’s an opponent that I’m not really sure what’s going to happen,” said Osaka after reaching her fourth Slam semifinal.
“I feel like every time I play her, it’s really …
Posted by Staff on February 15th, 2021 @ 10:25 am
Ash Barty is now just three wins from becoming the first Australian woman to take her home Slam in 43 years as she entered the quarterfinals after eliminating American Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-4.
Barty has made three straight Australian quarterfinals. The World No. 1 now meets Karolina Muchova. The Czech overcame a 4-0 opening set deficit to beat former Australian Open semifinalist Elise Mertens 7-6(5), 7-5 to reach her second Grand …