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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. Dave Hunt/AAP

Can Tennis Australia honour Margaret Court and promote LGBT+ inclusivity at the same time?

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.
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. from www.shutterstock.com

Fast serves don’t make sense – unless you factor in 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'.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, seen here at the 2017 Australian Open, missed out on this year’s event due to a wrist injury. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Get a grip: the twist in the wrist that can ruin tennis careers

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. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Workrate, clutch and serve - how Federer and Nadal win Australian Opens

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?
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong. from www.shutterstock.com

Sport is more than just a fringe player in Australia’s economy

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.
The cluster of marathon men’s matches in the opening rounds of this year’s Australian Open attests to a broader trend. AAP/Joe Castro

When tennis marathons become too much of a good thing

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.

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