Canadian Vasek Pospisil made routine work of Aussie wild card Sam Groth Monday, to advance to a Wednesday matchup against another Aussie, Matthew Ebden.
MELBOURNE – The highly anticipated partnership between Roger Federer and his idol, the great Stefan Edberg, officially began Monday. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – It wasn’t exactly roses and sunshine on the practice court for Marcos Baghdatis and his coach of seven months, Zeljko Krajan.
Not only were they bickering a lot, it was shocking to see Baghdatis in the flesh for the first time in a bit.
He looked positively gaunt – not sure the pics even do justice to it. His hair was lank. His face was drawn.
MELBOURNE – Genie Bouchard got through.
But many other seeded players – including Errani, Kvitova, did not.
MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Vasek Pospisil gets Show Court 2- principally on the strength of his opponent, the Aussie wild card Sam Groth.
If it doesn’t make it to TSN, there should be plenty of streaming options to watch it – look for a start about 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, Montreal time. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – It’s summer in Australia.
It’s time for the male players to shuck their shirts at the Australian Open.
Without further ado, we initiate Canadian Vasek Pospisil into the club. Continue reading
MELBOURNE, Australia – Westmount’s Genie Bouchard prepares to make her Australian Open debut as a seeded player – relegated to the wilds of Court 15 as she meets the winner of the Asian Oz Open wild-card playoff, Hao Chen Tang of China.
There’s no chance a bit of this will make it to television, so stay tuned here and we’ll update you as best we can. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – Images from around the practice courts and qualifying at the Australian Open on Jan. 9.
****Postscript to this – Perhaps those twinges we witnessed Haas dealing with during practice weren’t nothing after all. He retired in the second set of his match Monday against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.******
MELBOURNE – At 35, the No. 12 seed in the Australian Open men’s singles draw is as fine as ever.
And – big news – he now, finally, has a clothing deal. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – When “word” first came out that the courts at this year’s Australian Open had been speeded up, the first feeling here at Open Court Central was … skepticism.
Even through much discussion with followers on Twitter, it said here that when the players were asked about it upon arrival, there would be as many different opinions as there are players.
Some would have clear memories of Melbourne Park a year ago. Some, having played on hundreds of different courts since then, would find those memories rather hazy.
MELBOURNE, Australia – If you thought Gaël Monfils and Dusty (Dreddy) Brown was a tasty possibility in the Australian Open men’s doubles draw, it got trumped by the news Sunday that Lleyton Hewitt and an Aussie icon, Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter, would team up. Continue reading
As you can see, the 2014 Australian Open is going to get off to a scorching start – and we’re not talking about just the tennis.
And it’s pretty clear they will have to invoke the extreme heat policy early, and often. Continue reading