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The tennis calendar's first Grand Slam Tournament, the Australian Open will celebrate its 104th edition this year. The competition is played on outdoor hard courts but the three main arenas now all has a retractable roof, meaning that the competition could theoretically be played entirely indoors. The total prize money of the tournament will stand at a record 44 million Australian dollars, divided roughly equally between the two sexes. The reigning champion on the men's side is Serbia's world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, now a four-time OZ Open champion (a record). He defeated the Brit Andy Murray in last year's final.

 

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The Scot has four final appearances without a victory and it's really not far-fetched to think that he could get his fifth runner up plate in two weeks. The reasons? For starters, Djokovic is currently head and shoulders above anyone else. If we, however, had to take a bet on who is going to be this year's second best competitor, chances are that Murray would be the safest bet. Additionally, he is also excellent on Plexicushion which makes his final chances that much more realistic. The biggest favorite is clearly the Serbian and the only player who could realistically make his life hard in the final, is fourth seed hard hitter Stan Wawrinka.

 

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With the Ladies, the reigning champion is the American Serena Williams who almost completed the Calendar Grand Slam last year. After winning in Melbourne, Paris and London, she got beaten in the US Open semifinal by the Italian Roberta Vinci. The shocking result meant that Steffi Graf remains the last player who managed to complete tennis' biggest feat. The German won all four majors (and the Olympics single) back in 1988. Williams will probably fall short again this year, but she remains the biggest favorite to win the Australian Open. Beating Graf's overall slam record (22) seems like a foregone conclusion too. Williams has won 21 majors so far and she only needs two more to become the most successful single player of all time.

 

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Considering how dominant she was during the bulk of the last four years, it's hard to envision somebody dethroning her anytime soon. There are some good players in the top 10 but the youngsters (mainly Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza) are yet to break through at the Grand Slam level. Additonally, Williams holds an enormous tactical and mental advantage over the more experience players, like Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska. It would be a big surprise if the American couldn't bounce back after the Flushing Meadows disappointment.

 

Posted: 19th January 2015

 

The 2015 Australian Open will commence on January 19th. The final match will be played on February 1st. This will be the 103rd edition of the tournament. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland is the men’s single champion of the previous edition. The men’s doubles champion is Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden. The total prize money at the tournament is A$ 40,000,000. The men’s singles winner will get A$ 3,100,000 and the men’s doubles winner will get A$ 575,000. The men’s singles as well as doubles champions will get 2000 ATP points.

 

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The top seed for the men’s single event is world number one Novak Djokovic. The second seed is Roger Federer. The third seed is Rafael Nadal, the fourth seed is defending champions Stan Wawrinka. Fifth and sixth seeds are Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray. The top seeds in the double’s event are Bob and Mike Bryan. The second seeds are Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Casselin. The third seeds are Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The fourth seeds are Ivan Dogid and Marcelo Melo. The world number one Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the two favourties to win the men’s event while Bob and Mike Brayan are favourites to win the doubles event.

 

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The women’s singles final will be on January 31st while the doubles will be on February 1st. This is the 103rd edition of the tournament. The total prize money in the tournament is A$40,000,000. The women’s singles winner will get A$3,100,000 while the women’s doubles champion will get A$ 575,000. The champions irrespective of the event will get 2000 WTA points. Li Na is the defending women’s champion but unfortunately she retired from tennis as a result of injury. The women’s doubles champions are Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy.

 

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The top seed in the singles event is Serena Williams of United States of America. The second seed is Maria Sharapova of Russia. The third seed is Simona Halep of Romania. The fourth seed is Petra Kvitova id Russia and the fifth seed is Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. The doubles section will have Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy as the top seeds.  The second seeds are Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei and Sania Mirza of India. The third seeds are Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia while the fourth seeds are Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

 

Posted: 13th January 2014

 

It’s always entertaining to watch any Grand Slam, and here, coming with 2014, we have the Australian Open scheduled for the 13th to the 26th of January.

 

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This is the place where all the biggest rivalries of the Tennis world are sought out and the competition is at its best. Whether it is the women’s or the men’s matches, both have the best competition out there.

 

This year, we have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is battling it out yet again, the only 2 players to have faced each other in all four Grand Slams. With Djokovic being the World No.1 in the status quo, Nadal will have to prove himself here if he wants to prove he’s worthy of coming back to this position. This alone will make it worth watching.

 

The other side of the tournament; the women’s side, has some talks going on as well. With her coach believing that Serena Williams can win all four of this year’s Grand Slams, with her most recent Grand Slam wins being the French Open last year, and before that, the Australian Open in 2013.

 

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20 year old Ana Ivanovic has also shown promise to show off her skill at this tournament, she’s definitely in it to win.

 

Posted: 14th January 2013

 

The very first Tennis Grand Slam of the year happens this week, the 2013 Australian Open, which is going to happen at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia starting the 14th of January. This tournament goes till the 27th of January and last year was the 100th edition of this exciting event. This is one of the largest tennis tournaments in the world, featuring millions in prize money and titles for men's and women's singles and doubles, mixed doubles, juniors and wheelchair players and much more over the two weeks it is held.

 

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Last year, it was Novak Djokovic who ended up on top for the men's singles competition, and then Victoria Azarenka ended up winning the title for the women's singles. For the men's doubles event, the team of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were the ones who were at the top when it was all over and then for the same event on the ladies side, it was Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva who took that title. Finally, the other major event for the 2012 Australian Open was the Mixed Doubles, and it was won by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau.

 

As far as the men go for this tournament, it all starts with the number one seed, the 25 year old Serbian Novak Djokovic. Last year he won 75 matches and lost only 12 and has 34 career singles titles. He has won the Australian Open three times. The number two seed is Roger Federer, from Switzerland, and he has won the Australian Open four times, the most recent in 2010. Andy Murray is the number three seed for the men's, with 24 singles titles and no Australian Open wins yet, but two finals, and then fourth and fifth seeds are David Ferrer and Thomas Berdych.

 

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For the ladies, the number one seed is Victoria Azarenka, who is from Belarus. She has only one Major title, and that was last year's Australian Open. Twenty-five year old Maria Sharapova is the number two seed in this competition, and she hails from Russia. She was Victoria Azarenka's opponent last year in the Women's Singles final of the 2012 Australian Open. As for the number three seed, it is Serena Williams with five Australian Open titles, and the fourth is Agnieszka Radwanska and fifth seed is China's Li Na.

 

Posted: 16th January 2012

 

This week on the ATP and WTA Tours, the Australian Open will start up, our very first tennis Grand Slam of the year. This tournament will be from Sunday, January 15th to Saturday, January 28th. The Men's Final will be held on that day, and the Women's Final the day prior to that. This tournament has been held since 1905 and it is one of four Grand Slam Events held every year. This tournament has a singles draw of 128 and 64 for doubles for the men and the same amount for the ladies. It is held at Melbourne Park and the prize purse is 26,000,000 Australian Dollars.

 

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Some of the men that will be competing include Potito Starace, Radek Stepanke and Milos Raonic. The top seed on the men's side is Novak Djokovic. Rafael Nadal is second seed and Roger Federer third. Andy Murray comes in at fourth. The top seed for the ladies is Caroline Wozniacki with Petra Kvitova coming in second and Victoria Azarenka as third seed. Click on the links on this page and you'll get instant access to live streaming tennis online, including this Grand Slam and much more throughout the season, in high quality video.

 


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