Found January 10, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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 Precinct. This particular area consists of Olympic Park, Yarra Park and Melbourne Park which is home to not only the tennis but also soccer, rugby, AFL, basketball, cricket and every major concert in town. Even the Grand Prix and horse racing’s Melbourne Cup are not too far away. This is one hell of a town and a place born to breathe sport. Unlike Wimbledon and Roland Garros, tickets for the Australian Open can be purchased easily and almost anybody you speak to will attend for at least one day. This is not tennis snobbery but tennis for all and the flamboyant crowds are certainly testament to t...

Serena Williams sets new major target for 2013

No woman has come close to rivaling Serena Williams since she finished off her self-titled Serena Slam - capturing four consecutive major championships - by winning at Melbourne Park in 2003. No woman since had even won back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments in the same year until Williams won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year. And now Williams appears to be poised for another...

It was all a dream, Venus and Serena Williams new iPhone 5 commercial (VIDEO)

Apple‘s latest commercial features the iPhone 5 and two of the tennis’ biggest stars, Venus and Serena Williams. The 30-second ad is titled, “Dream,” and epitomizes every man’s favorite bedtime fantasy. The Olympic gold-winning sisters are dressed in all white as they take on the dreamer in an epic ping-pong [...]

Djokovic Faster Than an Audi R8

  By Jaclyn Stacey (January 11, 2013) MELBOURNE, Australia – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faced a tough opponent on Friday in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car at the world premiere of his new HEAD Graphene™ Speed racquet at Melbourne’s Sandown racetrack.   The HEAD YouTek™ Graphene™ Speed Pro racquet will be Djokovic’s new weapon as he attempts to defend his Australian Open...

Novak Djokovic imitates Ana Ivanovic at the 2013 Hopman Cup (VIDEO)

via Not only is Novak Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the universe, but he’s also one of tennis’ biggest jokesters.  He’s been known to play the funny guy during interviews with the media and on the court. Earlier in the week, Djokovic partnered with Ava Ivanovic one of the best (and hottest) female players around in the 2013 Hopman Cup, a mixed...

Azarenka, Serena Williams in same part of draw

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and title favorite Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. Top-ranked Azarenka has lost 11 of her 12 matches against Williams, who increased her career haul to 15 Grand Slam titles last year by winning at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova, the...

“On The Call” With ESPN’s Darren Cahill and Chris Evert on The 2013 Australian Open

(January 9, 2013) On Tuesday, Jan. 8, ESPN tennis analysts Darren Cahill and Chris Evert spoke with media about the Australian Open, tennis’ first Major of the year, on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting Sunday, January 13, through the finals two weeks later. This press release has all the details.   Highlights from the conference call:   Q. Watching Serena and seeing what shape she...

Forget Serena, Sharapova more worried about Venus

With all the talk about Serena Williams extending her streak of Grand Slam titles to three - another Serena Slam in the making - Maria Sharapova has another Williams on her mind ahead of the Australian Open: Venus. While Serena and top-seeded and defending champion Victoria Azarenka feature in the top half of the draw, and could meet in the semifinals, No. 2 Sharapova would play...

Spectacular Between the Legs Tennis Shot by Benoit Paire (Video)

The ATP Heineken Open is taking place right now in Auckland, New Zealand.   Frenchman Benoit Paire dropped in a spectacular between-legs drop shot in his second-round match-up against Taiwan’s Rendy Lu.  The shot is the clear favorite for shot of the year in tennis.  Sadly for Benoit it's only the second week of the year.  Last time I saw a shot anywhere close to this one...

Azarenka, Serena may meet in semis

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and title favorite Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. Top-ranked Azarenka has lost 11 of her 12 matches against Williams, who increased her career haul to 15 Grand Slam titles last year by winning at Wimbledon and the US Open. No. 2-ranked Maria Sharapova, the French...

ATP Has New Partnership with Rolex

(January 10, 2013) The ATP and Rolex have announced a new multi-year partnership from 1 January 2013, in which Rolex becomes the Official Timekeeper of the ATP World Tour. In addition, Rolex has extended its existing sponsorship of the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London. Rolex has a long-standing relationship with tennis, sponsoring  some of the sport’s...

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...

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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