Australian Open

An Australian Open Like None Before

This is a time when all sporting events are following very strict rules. The situation is unprecedented, with sporting tournaments and events all over the world facing some of the strangest and most difficult times since wartime. This is no different for the Australian Open tennis tournament, usually scheduled for the third week in January. […]

The Unfair Criticism of Novak Djokovic

This week we witnessed continued unfair criticism of Novak Djokovic. Another chapter full of nonsense from those who like to criticize everything Djokovic says or does. It seems they are waiting for World #1 to do something to seize their moment and keep vilifying Djokovic. This time, the Australian Open quarantine conditions were the trigger […]

How To Make the Australian Open Quarantine More Fair

As Tennis Australia considers a plea from Novak Djokovic for better treatment of Australian Open players in hard quarantine, the “Happy Slam” needs a happy medium. The Australian public, with a sterling track record managing the pandemic, Naomi Osaka, and Serena Williams–to have the ability to train leading up to the Australian Open when others […]

The Australian Open: Embarrassing, Stupid, and Unfair

By now I’m sure you know the situation in Australia due to COVID: If you don’t live there you can’t visit unless you have citizenship; if your parents or kids are there and you haven’t seen them for God knows how long you still can’t enter. Even if you have citizenship and are re-entering the […]

Australian Open: Third Positive Test Leads to More Players in Quarantine

A third flight from the middle east carrying players to the Australian Open had a positive test Late Sunday in Australia things went from bad to worse for event organizers, and more players are now officially stuck in hard quarantine. A flight from Doha had a person who tested positive upon arrival, and the number […]

Francesca Jones Defying the Odds

Francesca Jones qualified for the 2021 Australian Open in the United Arab Emirates, where the qualifying was held due to COVID-19. The young Brit had been one of the lowest ranked players in qualifying. She only made the event due to other players withdrawing. Jones defeated Lu Jiajing in the final round to book her […]

Aslan Karatsev Continues to Shine During Australian Open Qualifying

In August of 2020, Aslan Karatsev broke into the top 200 at World No. 194. It had been awhile. The last time Karatsev had been a top 200 player was in March of 2016. So, what happened? And what’s changed now? After the coronavirus hiatus in 2020, and following many exhibition matches during that hiatus, […]

Australian Open: 47 Players In Hard Quarantine After Positive Tests on Two Chartered Flights

On Saturday, it was discovered that three passengers on flights from Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open had tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, 47 players will be stuck in a hard quarantine in their hotels for the next 14 days. On the flight from Los Angeles flight number […]

Can Aryna Sabalenka Make A Major Breakthrough In 2021?

Women’s tennis might just be the most competitive sport in the world at the moment. In the four years since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open, her 23rd and so far final Major, no fewer than nine different women have enjoyed a maiden Grand Slam triumph, with Naomi Osaka being the only one of […]

Roger Federer: After 2017’s Melbourne Miracle, Can He Make Another Remarkable Comeback?

The thing about miracles, sporting or otherwise, is that they are almost never repeated, and yet that is exactly what Roger Federer is hoping to achieve this year. Four years on from his own “Miracle in Melbourne”, when he won the Australian Open to claim his first Major title in nearly five years and defeat […]

Can Roger Federer Keep His Grand Slam Record?

Roger Federer, who holds the Grand Slam record in men’s tennis with Nadal, announced through his agent that he won’t be playing the Australian Open this year. He is not in proper physical shape to compete yet. The Swiss maestro is still recovering from his knee injury and hopes to be ready at the end […]

Roger Federer Out of the Australian Open

The agent of six-time former champion Roger Federer has announced that the 20-time Major winner will be unable to compete at the 2021 Australian Open, with the world #5 having not yet fully recovered from a knee injury. The Swiss star, who last won the title Down Under in 2018, has been out of action […]