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Osaka, Halep Roll Into Melbourne QFs

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2022 @ 4:40 pm

Former No. 1s Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep both rolled into the Melbourne quarterfinals on Thursday.

Osaka pounded Maryna Zanevska 6-1, 6-1. After a tough 3-set opener against Alize Cornet, it was a strong performance by Osaka who is playing her first event since the US Open.

Halep also look good crushing countrywoman Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.

“Very happy that I could win this match in this way,” …

Barty To Meet Former Australian Open Champion Kenin In Adelaide QFs

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2022 @ 4:31 pm

Things are heating up on the WTA tour already in 2022. Following a big comeback win over Coco Gauff, World No. 1 Ash Barty will take on former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin Friday in Adelaide.

Barty came from a set and a break down against Gauff on Wednesday while Thursday Kenin saved three match points to fight off Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

And that’s not the only quarterfinal battle of …

Rafael Nadal: If Djokovic Wanted To Play The Australian Open, He Could Have

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2022 @ 4:10 pm

Rafael Nadal met the press for the first time since Novak Djokovic visa cancellation, and the former No. 1 said that if the Serb wanted to play in Melbourne, he could have. The only thing stopping him was himself by not getting the vaccination.

“From my point of view, that’s the only thing that I can say is I believe in what the people who knows about medicine says, and if …

Novak Djokovic To Appeal Deportation On Monday

Posted by Staff on January 6th, 2022 @ 3:57 pm

Novak Djokovic and his lawyers will have the weekend to ready their appeal to the Australian government’s decision to deny the World No. 1 his visa.

Djokovic will stay isolated in the Park Hotel in Melbourne until Monday when his case is heard. If the decision is overturned, he will move to his tournament apartment (which his team is likely staying) and prepare for the Australian Open. If not, he …

Denied! Novak Djokovic Has Australian Visa Cancelled, Told To Fly Home

Posted by Sean Randall on January 5th, 2022 @ 6:29 pm

Plot twist!

Just over 36 hours ago, Novak Djokovic received clearance to enter Australia and play in Melbourne. Earlier today, that clearance was taken away.

The World No. 1 made the 15-hour flight from Dubai landing Wednesday night in Melbourne with his team. The Australian Border Force, however, would not let him go any further and after hours of interrogation have told Djokovic that they have cancelled his visa and …

Novak Djokovic Has Reached Australia, But They Won’t Let Him In, He’s Stuck In Customs!

Posted by Sean Randall on January 5th, 2022 @ 10:19 am

Of course this would happen to Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic was controversially granted a medical exemption some 36 hours ago from the Australian government — for whatever reason (some reports suggest a recent bout with COVID) — so he posted the usual social media picture with his baggage and promptly boarded a flight.

BUT…

Upon landing today in Melbourne, Australia won’t let him in!

Apparently (depending on what news feed you read), there was …

Jamie Murray: Novak Got An Exemption, I Wouldn’t Have Been Given One

Posted by Staff on January 4th, 2022 @ 4:01 pm

News of Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption has spread among his peers, and some are giving a “wink” to the Australian government’s decision to let the World No. 1 into the country and play the Australian Open without being vaccinated.

While government/tournament maintain there was no preferential treatment giving to Djokovic and no knowledge that it was Djokovic making the request, at least one player is on record as not buying …

Unvaxxed Novak Djokovic Gets Medical Exemption To Play Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 4th, 2022 @ 9:50 am

Novak Djokovic will be defending his Australian Open. The World No. 1 confirmed earlier today that he received clearance from the Australian government to play the Australian Open.

“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with loved ones over break & today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!” Djokovic posted on twitter.

With nearly everyone already in Australia, Djokovic was among the last holdouts as he waited on his …

Osaka, Halep Open 2022 Play At WTA Melbourne

Posted by Staff on January 3rd, 2022 @ 1:42 pm

Former No. 1s and Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep will open their 2022 campaigns in the Melbourne 1 Summer Set event.

Osaka makes her first appearance since her stunning US Open loss to Leylah Fernandez.

Currently ranked No. 13, the 24-year-old Osaka is the top seed at the warm-up event. She opens against the tricky Alize Cornet, then meet the hard-hitting Liudmilla Samsonova in the quarters with …

Barty, Sabalenka, 5 Of Top 10 Lead Strong WTA Adelaide Field

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2022 @ 11:27 pm

The 2022 WTA season is already underway in Adelaide with some of the top names in women’s tennis.

The event is headlined by five of the Top 10 players led by No. 1 Ash Barty, Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa and 2021 champion Iga Swiatek.

Former Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin returns along with Elena Rybakina, Elina Svitolina plus Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and young stars Coco Gauff and US Open …

Monfils, Cilic, Khachanov Headline ATP Adelaide 1

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2022 @ 6:31 pm

After a year off due to COVID, the men’s event in Adelaide returns with a solid field featuring six players in the Top 50 in it’s first week.

Gael Monfils will be the top seed, followed by Karen Khachanov, Marin Cilic and Frances Tiafoe.

Monfils could face Italian teen Lorenzo Musetti or Stockholm champ Tommy Paul in the quarters, then Tiafoe in the semifinals.

Cilic has a good road out to the semifinals …

Rafael Nadal Makes Return In Melbourne This Week; Murray, Kyrgios In Draw

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2022 @ 6:11 pm

After nearly five months to recover from left foot injury, Rafael Nadal is set to make his official return to tennis this week in the Melbourne Summer Set event.

The Spanish great will be the top seed at the warm-up event which will be played where the Australian Open will be held in two weeks.

Nadal, who tested positive for COVID shortly after leaving the Abu Dhabi exo last month, has …

Novak Djokovic Still Unconfirmed For The Australian Open

Posted by Staff on January 2nd, 2022 @ 5:54 pm

With just two weeks until the Australian Open begins, Novak Djokovic is still unconfirmed to play in the event he has won nine times.

The World No. 1 entered the event but Australia requires visitors to be vaccinated, and it appears Djokovic is not.

Tournament head Craig Tiley spoke earlier today saying there was “quite a bit to play out” regarding the Serb’s entry, suggesting Djokovic is trying to obtain a medical …

Medvedev, Russia Lead Sydney ATP Cup; Zverev, Tsitsipas Also Featured

Posted by Staff on December 31st, 2021 @ 6:37 pm

The ATP Cup officially opens the 2022 pro tennis season this evening in Sydney.

Daniil Medvedev leads Russia in their title defense, though they will be missing Andrey Rublev who is out with COVID.

“It’s never easy to start the season,” Medvedev said. “Out of three matches only one team comes out of the group, so you need to win as many matches as possible. Ask yourself as few questions as possible, …

Novak Djokovic Withdraws From ATP Cup; Australian Open Status Unknown

Posted by Sean Randall on December 29th, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

While Novak Djokovic not playing the ATP Cup isn’t big news or really isn’t even news in normal times, it is today. That’s because had Djokovic confirmed his participation in the competition, it would have all but confirmed his appearance in Melbourne for the Australian Open which is just under three weeks away.

Djokovic’s vaccination status has been the No. 1 question this off season. Is he vaxxed or isn’t he? …