MELBOURNE – The beauty, of course, is the Gasquet backhand. The beast – for lack of a better word – is the Gulbis forehand. All together, for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading
A few observations from Caroline Wozniacki’s practice with Simona Halep Jan. 9.
-New coach Thomas Hogstedt looks like he’s dropped some weight since his Sharapova days.
-Pops Piotr might have gone in the other direction. But he looked awfully mellow – almost disengaged.
Andy Murray and all of Team Murray, including coach Ivan Lendl, hit the practice court at the Australian Open Jan. 9.
A little practice, the morning after Federer took over Rod Laver Arena for a big charity event that raised a ton of money – with Hewitt in attendance.
This time – serious business, even if Hewitt’s young son was there.
Oh, come one now, kids – get your minds out of the gutter.
And no, we didn’t reverse the pic above.
We are referring, of course, to a little match defending Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka played – left-handed – on the practice court this week. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – Milos Raonic in action on the practice court at the Australian Open, Jan. 9.
Let’s all do our best to ignore the bad golf shirt look, and hope this isn’t a sign of things to come for New Balance.
MELBOURNE – Milos Raonic and coach Ivan Ljubicic (who doesn’t look too far removed from his playing days – which actually, he isn’t) worked out at the Australian Open Thursday.
Raonic was hitting quite a few drop volleys to finish off points; we’ll see if we see any of that in his first-round match against Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.
The American at work with coach David Adams at the Australian Open, Jan. 9, 2014
Westmount’s Genie Bouchard couldn’t ask for much more in her first Grand Slam tournament as a seeded player.
The No. 30 seed’s first-round opponent will be Tang, the Chinese WC, and winner of the Asian Australian Open playoff.
Her potential second-round match will be either Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium or Virginie Razzano of France. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil, both seeded at this year’s Australian Open, came out of Friday’s draw relatively unscathed.
Raonic, seeded No. 11, drew Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the first round.
If he wins that, he would face the winner between Victor Hanescu of Romania and a qualifier. Continue reading
MELBOURNE – The final moments of Stéphanie Dubois’s first-round win over Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the Australian Open qualifying Thursday.