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Quarters for Our Thoughts (II): Australian Open Women’s Draw Preview

Who gets to kiss Daphne this year? After the mega-preview of the Australian Open men’s draw appeared yesterday, we take the same type of look at the women’s draw. First quarter:  Like fellow defending champion Djokovic, Azarenka cruised through the first week of last year’s tournament.  Also like Djokovic, she should do so again this year against an early slate of opponents...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

ATP Australian Open Visions: Predictions, Matchups and Winners

2012 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic January 12, 2013 — The Australian Open kicks off main draw play on Monday, January 14th, but what exactly do we have in store in this year’s men’s draw? Your trusty panel of Tennis Grandstand writers delve into the hot topics surrounding the first Slam, including dark horses, seeded players crashing out early, first round upsets...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

WTA Australian Open Visions: Predictions, Matchups and Winners

2012 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka January 12, 2013 — The tennis is kicking off it’s first Slam at the Australian Open on Monday, and we have your one-stop analysis on the women’s draw. Our dedicated panel of Tennis Grandstand writers have addressed hot topics, including dark horses, seeded players crashing out early, first round upsets, and potential semifinalists...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Lucky 7: Elena Vesnina Finally Gets Her Moment in Hobart

By David Kane The first time I ever saw Elena Vesnina, she was far from a WTA Tour final. She was 19 and playing in US Open qualifying. I was drawn away from whatever match my family was watching to see her fight off a game opponent with a fiery determination that had clearly ingratiated itself with the small but lively Court 14 crowd. Elena Vesnina captures Hobart Not long after...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Behind the Scenes: Launch of adidas by Stella McCartney with Wozniacki, Petkovic

Caroline Wozniacki and Andrea Petkovic shooting in Monaco for adidas by Stella McCartney January 11, 2013 — Adidas’ popular barricade tennis line is taking new inspiration from designer Stella McCartney and will be accompanying the launch with a fan competition which runs from the 14th-27th January on the adidas Women’s Instagram page. The debut of her collection at the year’s...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova’s love affair with David Koma

By Romi Cvitkovic “Who is David Koma?” you ask. If you are a tennis buff, he may be as foreign to you as the idea of Caroline Wozniacki winning a Slam. But fashion aficionados have known about this  25-year-old Georgian born London based fashion designer’s transcending style for a while now. Koma has only been around the fashion elite for a couple of years but he has surely...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Australian Open and The Usual Suspects?

by James A. Crabtree With the Australian open only a jiffy away now seems the opportune moment to make some foolhardy predictions as to who shall claim the spoils first in 2013. At a glance it doesn’t look like a new grand slam champion will emerge just yet. With the big 4 being cut down to the big 3 for a second straight major with a certain Spaniard sick one would assume that...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Quarters for Your Thoughts: 2013 Australian Open Men’s Draw Preview

Will we see this man with this trophy again in two weeks? Looking for a jumbo preview of the Australian Open men’s draw that breaks down each section of the brackets?  Look no further.  We take one quarter at a time in tracing the route of each leading contender, locating the most intriguing matches, projecting the semifinalists, and identifying one notable player to watch in...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Photos: Australian Open January 11, 2013 with Bouchard, Falconi, Sanchez

Tennis photographer Christopher Levy is currently at Melbourne Park and will be providing daily tennis galleries from the 2013 Australian Open. Make sure to check back each day for a new gallery and don’t miss the fun from down under! January 11, 2013 — Tennis photographer Christopher Levy is back and today’s featured gallery includes North American and European sensations...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Australian Open 2013 – Who’s hot and who’s not ?

Wow, Christmas has only just passed and already the Australian Open is on our doorstep. The players may wish they had a little more time to shake off the ring rust before the first slam of the year but I love the unpredictability it brings. Everyone’s struggling a little for form and trying to adjust to the conditions and so often we see the rankings list turned upside down as...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Player Pads and Pastimes in Melbourne: Federer, Djokovic, Williams

By James Crabtree A drive down the infamous and maddening Punt road, a quick turn onto Swan Street and you are smack bang in the middle of a sports nut holy land. Indeed you could have gone the other way on Swan Street, had a great coffee and watched a gig at the famed Corner Hotel. But head in the direction of the city on tram or by foot and you are at The Melbourne Sports and Entertainment...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

John Isner withdraws from Australian Open due to knee injury

John Isner withdraws from Australian Open due to knee injury January 9, 2013 — Top ranked American and world No. 13 John Isner has officially withdrawn from the 2013 Australian Open due to a bone bruise in his knee. On Wednesday, top-seeded at the Sydney tournament, Isner went out to qualifier Ryan Harrison, 6-4 6-4, hinting at continued issues with his knee. “I have been feeling...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Photos: Australian Open January 9, 2013 with Young, McHale, Dellacqua

Tennis photographer Chris Levy is currently at Melbourne Park and will be providing daily tennis galleries from the 2013 Australian Open. Make sure to check back each day for a new gallery and don’t miss the fun from down under! January 9, 2013 — Tennis photographer Chris Levy has teamed up with Tennis Grandstand for the tennis season’s first Slam in Melbourne Park, and he...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova: The Ultimate Energizer Bunny

By David Kane During the off-season, players get to make use of time usually spent on the road or on the court during year on fitness and conditioning. Far from a time when one can sit around and indulge in a heaping slice of chocolate cake, players from Monica Seles to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have tended to take advantage of these working vacations to emerge fitter, faster, and...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Twitter Talk: Tennis players rally around Ross Hutchins and his cancer battle

January 8, 2013 — It was a heartfelt and tear-filled victory speech by Andy Murray in Brisbane this past week which revealed he had a “sick friend” for which he dedicated his win to. “I’d like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends. He’s back home watching. You’re going to get through it,” Murray said. A few hours later, it was revealed that the friend...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Surprise runs by Davydenko, Dimitrov a sign of the future?

By Yeshayahu Ginsburg There are two things that we always need to keep in mind while watching these tournaments right before the Slams. The first is that there is a ton that we can learn about who is ready and who isn’t; the second is that it is very easy to overreact to results. Also, every match is a tale of two players. You can’t just look at a scoreline to determine how well...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

A “Kvitty” Crossroads For Petra

By David Kane The new season for players and the New Year for fans are all about fresh starts. Did the end of 2012 leave you feeling unfulfilled? Do you have any goals that you left unrealized? Were you among the few who anticipated the end of the Mayan calendar preventing 2013 from happening at all? Never fear, for the start of a new year is full of promise and potential. With that...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Starting Where They Finished: Novak, Serena, Vika, and More in 2012-13

Serena won her 47th title in Brisbane without dropping a set. In a sport with such a short offseason, players often can translate their momentum from a strong end to one year into a solid start to the next year.  We look at six of the players who distinguished themselves just before the curtain came down on 2012.  How did they fare when the curtain rose on 2013? Serena:  Enjoying...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Tomic and Djokovic on an “exhibition” scale

By Jesse Pentecost So far as I can ascertain, Bernard Tomic has defeated Novak Djokovic twice, and lost three times. It might have been more, but notwithstanding their status as high profile athletes, and despite our era’s ungovernable urge to document everything, it has proved surprisingly difficult to be sure. Perusing the official records doesn’t help. The tour website lists...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

5 ATP Players Ready To Make an Impact in 2013

By Evan Valeri Summer has arrived in Australia and the first ATP tournaments of the year are underway. This means it’s time to start making some hot predictions for the 2013 season. The ATP tour has been dominated by the big four in recent years, Federer, Djokovic, Nadal and Murray. But for 2013, change is in the air. Many young players have infiltrated the top 60 in the world...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Aussie Swing

by James A. Crabtree What we have learned Down Under, so far… The Hopman Cup got the new tennis year started, even before the New Year had arrived. Perth, the worlds most isolated city welcomed Tomic the Tank Engine who quickly became Saint Bernie after an impressive victory over a jet-lagged Djokovic. Still, it was a memorable enough performance by Bernard Tomic to inspire a...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Bouncing Back: Pavlyuchenkova and Tomic in Brisbane and Perth

Bernard Tomic started 2013 in style by defeating three top-25 opponents at the Hopman Cup. At first, 2011 appeared to mark the breakthrough of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when she reached two major quarterfinals and stood toe to toe with many of the WTA’s leading ladies.  The former junior #1 looked likely to become the latest Russian woman to rise in a sport riddled with them over...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The Rafael Nadal Saga continues; Andrea Petkovic’s cruel twist of fate — The Friday Five

By Maud Watson The Saga Continues The 2013 tennis season got underway this week, but unfortunately for Nadal, his season didn’t start with it. Citing a stomach bug, the Spaniard pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition event in late December and then shocked everyone when he named that same bug as his reason for not only withdrawing from Doha, but the Australian Open as well. His...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Wozniacki, Kvitova, Stosur among the fallen in Brisbane

By Chris Skelton When the first WTA Premier tournament of the 2013 season began, fans looked forward to seeing a series of marquee matchups in a Brisbane draw that featured eight of the top ten women. Only Radwanska (in Auckland) and Li (in Shenzhen) did not join this star-studded field, which threatened to produce classics from the quarterfinals onwards. But, by the time that the...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Make This Place Your Home: Jarmila Gajdosova

By Victoria Chiesa “Settle down, it’ll all be clear; don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down; if you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna make this place your home.” -“Home”, Philip Phillips Twelve months ago, Jarmila Gajdosova opened her 2012 season at the Hopman Cup...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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