Australian Open: Old and new contenders gunning for glory

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

"If you look what's happened the last few years with our president, I think he only helped the tennis to be in a better place. He has fought all his career and Monday's match will be the same", he said.

There's a sense that the world No. 1 is vunerable after splitting Darren Cahill at the end of last season and Simona Halep has been handed a stiff test in the first round at Melbourne Park.

Since then, Federer with 20, Nadal with 17, and now Djokovic with 14 have surpassed Emerson.

Unseeded Kyrgios drew No. 16 Milos Raonic and that cannon of a serve in the first round.

Another Brit handed a horrific draw, Kyle Edmund is facing an incredibly testing tie against Tomas Berdych.

A women's final past year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the title.

Opening on the outside courts, Boulter plays Russian Ekaterina Makarova and Watson takes on Croatian 31st seed Petra Martic.

Tributes continued to come into the three time Grand Slam victor after the announcement.

The first Grand Slam of the year kicks-off the sporting calendar and the Melbourne contest in 2019 is eagerly anticipated.

The Romanian threw a private bash for 110 family and friends at a Bucharest restaurant in celebration of her long-awaited, maiden grand slam title at the French Open in June and partied until the small hours.

"She has been so successful in the game".

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Asked for clarity in a press conference Sunday, Djokovic said: "I don't know where you got that information, a 5-4".

"I can play with limitations".

It has been suggested that a hip replacement would be beneficial for the three-time grand slam champion, but O'Donnell added: "Andy has tried really hard and explored every option that has any real possibility of being helpful".

"I can't say that because I didn't have that experience, but in some way I can speak about similarities that I had in my career".

Edmund, who is seeded 13th, missed last week's Sydney International with a knee injury but insists he has no fitness concerns going into the first Grand Slam of the year.

Which leaves me big fella. these are a couple photos, that should make you smile and think, I was actually a little bit of a younger brother to you.

Kyle Edmund vs Tomas Berdych Will Edmund crash out? I personally think if you look only at the results - about the tennis, about the image, about the prize money and about everything - he did a great job by upgrading everything. "I wish him a painless future in whatever shape or form that is, on or off the court".

Ultimately it has proved that way for Murray, whose attritional style and Stakhanovite training regime pulverised his right hip.

And another victory in Melbourne could lead to him playing Federer - or potentially compatriot Evans - in the third round.

She achieved a career milestone past year to claim her maiden Grand Slam at Melbourne Park, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

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