Australian Open & Grand Slams

The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. Grand Slams per at Bat, also known as G-SPAB, is a baseball statistic that measures how often a batter hits a Grand Slam per time at bat. 5.0/5

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What the Australian Open finalists looked like when they won their first Grand Slams
Sad part is, Halep did the exact same thing in the Australian Open quarters earlier this season. No dud performances in Grand Slams.
Ten years of Djokovic and Ivanovic at the Grand Slams: This year’s Australian Open will mark the tenth anniver...
LONDON–The streak is over for American tennis player Sloane Stephens. Maria Kirilenko, ranked 109, beat her 6-2, 7-6 in the first round at Wimbledon. “I’m sad my streak is over,” Stephens told the press after the match. “Today was just a tough day.” Stephens’ made the second week at six Grand Slams, which was the longest streak for women tennis players. She shot to international fame when she defeated Serena Williams at the 2012 Australian Open. Kirilenko is a surprise win. She missed the first three months due to injury, which included the Australian Open. She only won one out of five matches prior to Wimbledon, but the way she played against Stephens made that difficult to believe. Kirilenko, who was ranked tenth in her career before her injury, performed smooth and steady throughout the match. Stephens fought off five match points when she was down 5-6 to force a tiebreak. But Kirilenko had the upper hand and won it on a forehand. “She definitely played well,” Stephens said when asked ...
Tennis Dose of the Day The French Open, Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open tournaments make up tennis's “Grand Slam.” If a player wins all for Grand Slams, it is called a golden slam. (www.sports-facts.com)
February 12 2014 Dubai UAE    There will be a feast of fantastic tennis talent on show from this coming Saturday as the qualifying rounds take place at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium. Even before play in the main draw gets underway next Monday tennis fans will be able to see several marquee players in action, fighting for a coveted spot in one of the toughest fields assembled outside of the Grand Slams.   One of the biggest challengers for a place in the main draw is Canadian teen sensation Eugenie Bouchard who set Melbourne alight as she fought her way to the semi-finals of the recent Australian Open with victory over former world number one Ana Ivanovic.  The first player from her country since Carling Bassett-Seguso in 1984 to reach the last four in a Grand Slam, her run was finally ended by eventual champion Li Na, but earned Bouchard the title of the WTA Rising Star of the Month for January.   Bouchard is not the only player who made headlines at the y ...
In the 35 Grand Slams that preceded this Australian Open, Juan Martin Del Potro was the only man able to prevent the name of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic being inscribed on the trophy.
Nadal beats Federer to set up a final date with wawrinka The way Rafael Nadal managed to somehow retrieve a forehand midway through the second set shocked even Roger Federer, who has been on the receiving end of the Spaniard's unbelievable shots more than anyone else in Grand Slams. It was a tipping point in their Australian Open semifinal. Federer had lost the first-set tiebreaker but was still throwing his whole arsenal at Nadal. At 15-30 in the sixth game of the second set, Federer thought he'd wrong-footed Nadal with a volley deep into the left corner. Nadal lunged for a desperate forehand, swinging just as the ball was about to bounce for the second time and angling it back over the net. Federer, in good position but not expecting he'd need to play another shot, framed a volley. It gave Nadal a breakpoint, and he quickly broke Federer for the first time in the match. He completed his 23rd win in 33 head-to-heads, and ninth in 11 Grand Slam matches, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 24 minutes against ...
Flipping the script Written By Alix Ramsay Friday, 24 January, 2014 Is it me, or have we been here before? Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal at the business end of a Grand Slam tournament? It may be the semifinals of the Australian Open and the tension may be mounting, but watching those two at work is a bit like settling into a comfy, old armchair – there is nothing quite like it. This will be the 33rd meeting for the pair, with Rafa leading the rivalry by a staggering 22-10. No matter that the Fed has more major titles than any other player in history – in his pomp, he was vacuuming them up like it was going out of fashion – he still has not beaten Raf on a Grand Slam stage since the 2007 Wimbledon final. Since then, Manacor’s favourite son has walloped Fed in four more Grand Slam finals and one semifinal. He is quite good at Grand Slams, is Raf. In this new world of celebrity coaches and high-profile advisors, good old Raf likes to keep it simple. Between them, Messrs Edberg, Becker and Lendl ...
Australian Open 2014: Day 1 Preview Posted: 12 Jan 2014 02:00 PM PST by: Tom Cochrane The 2014 Australian Open gets underway at Melbourne Park on Monday, with defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic and world number one Serena Williams, holders of 9 Australian Open titles between them, both featuring on the opening day of play. Matches of the Day – Day 1 1. Serena Williams vs. Ashleigh Barty Top seeded Williams faces an interesting opponent in the opening round in the form of local girl and Rising Star Ashleigh Barty. The diminutive Aussie is a former Wimbledon junior champion and, although she is yet to make a major impact on the WTA Tour in terms of singles performances, relying on a wildcard to enter the main draw of this tournament, Barty has already impressed on the doubles circuit. The Aussie, teaming up with compatriot Casey Dellacqua, made the final of 3 Grand Slams in 2013, thanks in no small part to her fabulous volleying ability. I suspect that the enormity of the occasion might ove ...
Novak Djokovic recruits Boris Becker as coach -- Hiring a former Grand Slam champion as a coach is all the rage these days it would appear. Novak Djokovic is the latest to join the trend after appointing Boris Becker as the head of his coaching team just over a month before he starts the defense of his Australian Open title. Djokovic, ranked second in the world, follows in the footsteps of Andy Murray, who appointed Ivan Lendl as coach in 2011 before going on to win the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon tournament. Becker will work alongside the Serbian's current coaching team, which includes Marian Vajda, Miljan Amanovic and Gebhard Phil-Gritsch. "I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Boris," Djokovic said in a statement. "He is a true legend, someone who has great tennis knowledge and his experience will help me win new trophies from the Grand Slams and other tournaments. "Becker is a great person, too, and I am sure he will fit in our team in the best possible way. "Boris brings a ne ...
Light the Candles: November 10-16 November 11, 2013 at 04:48AM Zina's still nifty at 50! Tennis birthdays for the week of November 10-16. November 12 - Australia's Paul McNamee, who won the five doubles Grand Slams and was one of the founders of the Hopman Cup, turns 69. McNamee reached No. 1 in the world in men's doubles in 1981 and won 23 men's doubles titles, including the Australian Open in 1979 and 1983 and Wimbledon in 1980 and 1982. He also won the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown in 1985, and was part of Australia's Davis Cup-winning squads in 1983 and 1986. November 13 - Poland's Jerzy Janowicz turns 23. Janowicz caught the international spotlight in the summer of 2013 when he made the semifinals of Wimbledon. He is currently ranked No. 14 in the world. November 15 - Spain's Fernando Verdasco, currently ranked No. 30 in the world, turns 30. Verdasco has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world and has five career singles titles in his career. Verdasco reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2009. ...
Federer has 2 big losses in Grand Slams but Agassi won the Australian Open at 32 & Federer is a much better player than he was
Last time Federer played an australian tournament before Australian Open, in 2003, he had 0 titles of Grand Slams.
The four major tennis tournaments (the French Open, Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the US Open), often referred to as the Grand Slams, each consist of 128 players in a single elimination bracket. All four of the majors use a random draw to place players in the brackets. Specifically, for the US Open, the top 32 players are seeded with the top two players being placed on opposite sides of the draw so that they could only potentially play if they both reached the finals. The 96 unseeded players are then randomly drawn into the bracket via a computer program. Finally, the remaining seeded players (those seeded 3-32) are drawn at a ceremony held prior to the start of the tournament. However, according to an ESPN Outside the Lines article by Paula Lavigne and Alok Pattani, over the past ten years, the top two seeds at the US Open in both the men's and women's draws have faced opponents whose seeds were, on average, much lower than would be expected if the draw was truly random. ESPN simulated 10 years of ...
Why is there so much gap between Australian Open & French Open and then so little between the last 3 Grand Slams??
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BIRTHDAYS: HANA MANDLIKOVA (TCH | AUS WTA 3 (1984) Hana Mandlíková (born 19 February 1962, in Prague) is a former Czech professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia and later Australia. During her career, she won four Grand Slam singles titles – two at the Australian Open, one at the French Open, and one at the US Open. She was the runner-up at four Grand Slam singles events and won one Grand Slam women's doubles title, the US Open in 1989 with Martina Navratilova. Beginning with the 1980 US Open and extending through Wimbledon in 1981, Mandlíková played in four consecutive Grand Slam singles finals. Struggling with injuries and a lack of confidence, Mandlíková retired at the relatively early age of 28. Amassed 27 singles titles, including four Grand Slams...Last tournament played was 1990 Wimbledon...Coached Jana Novotna, who won 1998 Wimbledon and reached No. 2 in the world, for nine years...Former Fed Cup captain of the Czech Republic team and played on three champion Fed Cup teams for Cze .. ...
2013 Australian Open was the best Grand Slam of all I enjoyed every minute of it
Is the Australian Open the boring little brother of all Tennis Grand Slams??
Grand Slam diet: How to supercharge your body. "In the case of Djokovic, who clinched a record third successive Australian Open title on Sunday, he had to give up childhood staples such as pizza, pasta and pancakes while introducing more vegetables and rice, fruit and sushi for easily digestible protein." Yes !!! Rice in place of wheat or other glutens.
Local duo Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova have clinched the Australian Open mixed doubles title.
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, rallying from a set down to beat Li Na in a dramatic three-setter and successfully defend her Australian Open crown. Though she broke in the first game, Azarenka soon fell far behind against Li, losing five of the n...
Andy Murray is 5/6 not to win a Grand Slam this year with Sky Bet after he lost in the Australian Open final.
That's another Australian Open over with for another year. Our congratulations to all the winners - especially Victoria Azerenka & Novak Djokovic on the respective Ladies & Men's Singles victories. Our commiserations to Andy Murray. To make three Grand-Slam finals in a row is a fantastic effort and everyone at EBAT has the upmost respect for you. Well done also to Jo & Sharon who predicted the singles winners. EBAT update
Andy Murray positive despite finishing Australian Open runner-up again (Tennis) Andy Murray says there is still plenty to be positive about despite seeing his dream of back-to-back major titles wrecked by world No 1 Novak Djokovic in Australia. The Scot lost an Australian Open final in Melbourne for the third time after Serbia's Djokovic fought back from a set behind to win 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2. Victory saw Djokovic become the first man in the Open Era to achieve the feat of three straight Aussie singles' titles and avenged defeat to Murray in the US Open final in New York in September. Murray said: "The last few months have been the best tennis of my life. I made the Wimbledon final, won the Olympics, won the US Open. And I came close here as well. It was close. "No-one (in the Open Era) has ever won a slam, the immediate one after winning their first. It's not the easiest thing to do. And I got extremely close. "So I have to look at the positives of the last few months and I think I'm going in the right dire ...
Congratulations to Azarenka winning her 2nd straight Australian Open last night beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an unusual match that saw a 10 minute fireworks break for Australia Day and Li Na fall two times, once hitting her head hard enough to see stars. Despite the interruptions and a tough couple of days Azarenka was able to keep her nerves in check to play more consistent than Li Na who had her chances but committed more errors than usual especially off her back-hand side. It’s been an entertaining 2 weeks with some surprising results and a different outcome than I and most expected. With this win and great start to the tennis season Azarenka deservedly keeps her No. 1 ranking. I was excited to see Bob and Mike Bryan claim their 6th Australian Open title in the sometimes overlooked doubles; giving the Bryan brothers a record setting 13 Grand Slams. I’ll have my TV on early to catch the men’s final…
ATP Ranking scenarios post Australian Open 2013 - posted in Australian Open: This is how the ATP rankings of Top-30 looked like just before the start of Australian Open, 2013 on 14th January, 2013.             As you know, Grand Slams are the most yielding in terms of ...
The big four Grand Slams will obviously be the highlight of the calendar year in Tennis . Last season Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray all claimed one each. Will it be a return to a more dominant year for the Serb, Novak Djokovic though, with Nadal still struggling with fitness problems and Federer heading to the twilight years of his career? In the women’s category, can world number one Victoria Azarenka hold off the challenges of Serena Williams? Will Maria Sharapova make a bigger impact? The action starts mid January with the Australian Open, followed by the French Open in May, Wimbledon in July and the US Open to round off the Slam series in August. So much to look out for in the world of tennis in 2013.
Heading into the 2013 Australian Open, everyone was talking about defending champion Victoria Azarenka (who withdraw from the semi-finals of Brisbane) and Serena Williams who has won the last 2 Grand Slams. As the World No. 2, Maria Sharapova...
Australian Open starts today for the King Federer and all his fans..!!! Hopefully he adds one more to his tally of 17 Grand Slams..!!! Come on RF..!! :)
The tennis year starts always in a fast pace with the first of the 4 Grand Slams, the Australian Open, starting today. Some of today’s matches feature the top seed Djokovic who starts his quest to win the tournament for the 3rd consecutive time and second seed Sharapova who is looking to regain her spot this year. A great match with local interest is tonight's night match with Hewitt and Tipsarevic. Hope to catch a little bit of the German girls Kerber and Goerges and see what form they start the year. Nice to have tennis back on.
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Australian Open - ATP to discuss time-violation rule with players ATP chief Brad Drewett will meet with players to address concerns over a new rule aimed at speeding up the game that has drawn criticism from professionals on the men's tour. This year, the ATP are enforcing a regulation that gives players 25 seconds to serve the ball or face a warning and then the loss of a point for a second violation. The new rule has sparked complaints from players who have fallen foul of the law. Grand Slams have had a time limit of 20 seconds for a number of years but the rule is rarely enforced and top players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic regularly flout it with drawn-out preparations to serves. The new rule was endorsed by the ATP player's council last month but stricter enforcement at warm-up tournaments ahead of next week's Australian Open has raised concerns from players about a crackdown at the year's first Grand Slam where five-set matches in extreme heat often feature. Australian Open tournament director ...
"I want to try and make this last as long as I can... I don't want to fizzle out," the world number two, holder of an unmatched 17 Grand Slams, told journalists in Singapore. "I think longevity is the word here that I'm looking for," he said during a stopover on his way to the Australian Open in Melbourne. "I hope to keep on playing for many years, because I love it. I love the pressure of playing with a new generation coming up, who are, you know, improving quickly," said the father of twin girls. Federer, who won a singles silver at the London 2012 Olympics and a gold in doubles at Beijing 2008, still wants to compete at the 2016 Games in Rio, when he will be 35, an age when most tennis professionals have retired. "It really is great how happy I've been playing for so long, you know, people always tell me everything has to fade away eventually, but I'm not 89 years old yet, you know," he said. "So I feel like I'm still very young, I know tennis wouldn't last forever, so might as well make the best of it ...
Tennis has changed in the last few years with racket technology and changing standards in player fitness, among other things, making it difficult to label any single player as the greatest of all time. While each player has contributed to the game inhis own way and faced different opponents and circumstances, some have been more impressive than others. Here are 10 of the greatest male tennis players of all time. 1. Roger Federer - Federer tops the list as a 16-time Grand Slam winner, and six-time ATP World Tour Finals winner. The Swiss star spent 285 weeks at the No.1 spot in the rankings. His versatile and effortless game has won him all four Grand Slams, including six Wimbledon, five U.S. Open, one French Open, and four Australian Open titles. Many critics and tennis fans were unsure of his position as the greatest of all time until he captured his first Roland Garros title in 2009. Though he did not face Rafael Nadal, the most dominant clay court player in the tournament, he solidified his place at the ...
Congrats to Serena Williams for winning the women's single Gold! The 2nd woman in history (behind Stefi Graf) to win all 4 Grand Slams (US Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open, & French Open) and Olympic Gold!
The amazing Roger Federer record book MAKING HIS NAME * Born August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. * Bursts on to the scene in 2001 when he ends Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak at Wimbledon in the fourth round before losing in the quarter-finals. RECORD 17 Grand Slam TITLES Wimbledon, 2003-2007, 2009, 2012; US Open 2004-2008; Australian Open 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010; French Open 2009. * In 2003, becomes the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam after beating Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final. * Is the only man to win five consecutive titles at two different Grand Slams - Wimbledon and US Open. * Is the first man to win Wimbledon-US Open double four years in a row. * Is the only man in the professional era to win three consecutive majors twice in his career when he captured the 2007 Australian Open title. * Equalled Bjorn Borg's record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles in 2007. * His run of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals is snapped by Novak Djokovic in the 2008 Australian Open semi ...
Guys check this out.Hope my stats are correct.He turned pro in the year 1998.He began his collection of "Grand Slams" in the year 2003. He has collected a massive 17 Grand Slam Titles, 4 Australian Open, 1 French Open, 7 Wimbeldon and 5 US Open Titles. He has been world No 1 from 2003 to 2009 and has been in the Top 3 from 2003 till date. He has won an amazing 74 ATP Titles and a record 21 Master's Titles. He has won the year ending World Championship Tournament that is played among the top 8 players in the world 5 times and has appeared in this event from 2003 onwards till date. He is the greatest player to have ever stepped foot on a tennis court."Imortality, thuy name is Roger Federer".By the way he is back to being World No 1.Love you Federer.
Roland Garros over for another year. We are halfway through the 2012 Grand Slams. I want to start an Australian Open countdown! ;)
Maria Sharapova, 25, Russin, overpowered Sara Errani, 23, Italian, seeded to win the French Open final at Roland Garros for the first time and complete a career Grand Slam and also succeeded in clinching first Grand Slam title since she won the Australian Open in 2008. Sharapova named title to his
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