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With the Australian Open about to start this year’s grand slam series, a crunch of the data from past performances gives a hint at who is the current best male player, possibly.
In contrast to other states after a positive case in a hotel quarantine worker, Victoria isn’t locking down. But the response is sensible and proportionate – we’re well positioned to manage this outbreak.
Novak Djokovic was one of the lucky ones, sitting out quarantine in Adelaide and with greater freedom to train than tennis players isolating in Melbourne.
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Nobody likes a whinger. But when you’re used to having an entourage, and being feted around the world, things can get tough when you don’t get your own way.
Research shows that when professional players rise to No. 1 in the world rankings, it often coincides with the broader development of tennis talent in their home countries.
Margaret Court has used her platform in the sport to vilify LGBT+ people and many fans believe her name should be stripped from the arena at the Australian Open grounds.
Tennis Australia has faced criticism for its decision to celebrate Court’s career next week. But at the same time, it’s boosting its efforts at inclusivity with events like this year’s Glam Slam.
Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still the top three players in the men’s game, despite the fact they have a combined age of 104.8 years.
Since 2003, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have combined to win 55 of the 68 Grand Slams that have been played. Is this the year for a new player to break through?
Wozniacki struggled with unexplained symptoms before being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018.
About one in 100 people have rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition of the joints where the body mistakenly attacks itself.
When friction between shoe and surface is high, so is the injury rate. That’s where sliding comes in.
At this year’s Australian Open you’ll see players moving sideways on the Plexicushion surface – which is specially designed to allow players to slide. It’s safer for the players and fun to watch.
To serve at your best, you have to throw your racket in a way that projects the ball at a high speed – but add some spin. It’s simple physics.
The speeds at which top players deliver tennis serves are theoretically impossible. So how do they do it? The answer involves Isaac Newton, ping pong and a little bit of ‘cheating’.
Edmund during the Australian Open 2018 semi-final.
Kyle Edmund may be out of the Australian Open, but an impressive forehand and sharp focus won’t stop the tennis player.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, seen here at the 2017 Australian Open, missed out on this year’s event due to a wrist injury.
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Wrist injuries forced some of the top players to miss out on this year’s Australian Open. It’s an ongoing problem and such injuries are partly to blame on how players grip their racquet.
Two of the greatest: Switzerland’s Roger Federer (right) celebrates his win in the Men’s Singles Final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal (left) at the 2017 Australian Open.
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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players in recent years at the Australian Open. So what makes them stand out from the rest?
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov celebrates his Round 4 win against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios during the Australian Open.
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It can be tough for younger players to make it to the top of professional tennis. But it’s not impossible, if you look at the numbers.
Novak Djokovic says players are struggling with the physical demands of the long tour.
It’s about time tennis players had a union –
in other sports they have contributed to higher pay, better working conditions and life after sport.
The UK’s Andy Murray during a practice session at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament in 2018.
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Some of today’s top tennis players are playing more games and at an earlier age than the court stars of yesteryear. And that can lead to injuries.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has long been criticised for excessive ‘grunting’ during matches.
Grunting in tennis can be performance-enhancing for the grunter and performance-hindering for their opponent.
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Young Australian tennis player Oliver Anderson has been charged with match-fixing over a game in 2016.
The problem of corruption in tennis is likely to be an ongoing threat. So, it is important that the Tennis Integrity Unit develop into a trusted and convincing anti-corruption team.
The Fast4 match format was used for this year’s Hopman Cup mixed doubles events.
Could the broader adoption of the Fast4 tennis format at the professional level prevent the rising trends in match durations, and make the sport more unpredictable?
The cluster of marathon men’s matches in the opening rounds of this year’s Australian Open attests to a broader trend.
Extreme match durations are more common today than at any other time in the modern tennis era. This poses a threat to the sport’s standard of excellence.