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Thursday, January 21, 2021


Sam Groth slams ‘selfish’ Novak Djokovic after quarantine ‘demands’

January 18, 2021 3:08:09 pm

Sam Groth has accused Novak Djokovic of a "selfish political move" after a report said the world number one had written to Australian Open organisers asking them to ease quarantine restrictions for players.

Online course, Hindi movies, cricket, yoga: Rohan Bopanna’s quarantine plans in Melbourne

January 18, 2021 8:49:14 am

One of his favourite things to do is to explore the cities he’s travelled to. But till January 29, his room is as much of Australia as he will get to see.

Australian Open: Players in quarantine up to 72, even opening door could attract $20k fine

January 18, 2021 7:33:54 am

Four individuals, including 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s coach Sylvain Bruneau, tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Melbourne.

Australian Open: Tennis stars slam hotel food in quarantine

January 19, 2021 7:36:01 am

Quarantine authorities said they had recorded a fourth COVID-19 infection among the passengers on the two charter flights carrying players to Melbourne.

15 chartered flights land, 47 players grounded in bumpy start to Australian Open build-up

January 17, 2021 8:31:24 am

There were 79 people on board the flight from the US, including 24 players, and 64 passengers on the plane from Abu Dhabi, including 23 players.

Australian Open arrivals hit by positive COVID tests

January 16, 2021 9:29:42 am

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was reported by local media Saturday to be among a group of players set to be confined to their hotel rooms for the next 14 days.

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Andy Murray tests positive for virus before Australian Open

January 15, 2021 6:27:02 am

Andy Murray has tested positive for the coronavirus days just before he was due to leave Britain for the Australian Open.

Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest ATP Tour match winner since Jimmy Connors

January 9, 2021 1:48:13 pm

Ivo Karlovic, who turns 42 next month, is the oldest to win on the top men's tour since Jimmy Connors at age 42 in 1995. The victory was the veteran's first since last February.

Simona Halep ready for ‘mentally hard’ quarantine at Australian Open

January 9, 2021 11:01:08 am

The start of Simona Halep's 2021 campaign will involve the long journey to Australia in mid-January before two weeks in quarantine ahead of the start of the year’s first Grand Slam on February 8.

Ashleigh Barty returns to action after 11 months for Australian Open warmup

January 7, 2021 1:17:33 pm

Ashleigh Barty, who held on to the top women’s singles ranking during last year’s disrupted season, will play for the first time in 11 months at one of two WTA 500 events from January 31.

After disappearing act in Russia, Sam Querrey returns to court in Delray Beach

January 7, 2021 8:44:48 am

Sam Querrey allegedly left Russia in a private jet with his wife and son after all three tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the St Petersburg Open in October last year.

Sam Querrey defends his escape from Russia, says he did it for family

January 6, 2021 1:22:47 pm

Sam Querrey left Russia in a private jet with his wife and son after all three tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the St Petersburg Open in October last year.

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Nick Kyrgios out of Australian ATP Cup team as world ranking slips

January 6, 2021 12:41:23 pm

Nick Kyrgios last played a competitive match at Acapulco in February after deciding to remain at home in Australia when the circuit resumed in Europe and North America after a hiatus.

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Andy Murray pulls out of Delray Beach Open citing COVID-19 concerns

December 31, 2020 8:51:44 pm

Andy Murray, who missed most of the 2020 season due to complications with his hip, accepted a wildcard for the Delray Beach Open last week.

Quarantine regulations mean no Tata Open Maharashtra in February

December 31, 2020 3:21:26 pm

South Asia’s only ATP event was originally scheduled to take place from February 1.

Roger Federer has decided not to play 2021 Australian Open, says agent

December 28, 2020 9:21:43 am

Roger Federer last played a competitive match at the season-opening Grand Slam in January before he had to undergo surgery on his knee. He later required a second operation.

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Andy Murray awarded wildcard for Australian Open

December 27, 2020 11:39:08 pm

Britain's former world number one Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard for February's Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Sunday.

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Andy Murray accepts Delray Beach Open wildcard to begin 2021 season

December 26, 2020 4:01:36 pm

Andy Murray, who has slipped to 122nd in the rankings, will join defending champion Reilly Opelka, John Isner, and Milos Raonic at the Delray Beach Open in Florida.

Tennis in 2020: Novak Djokovic’s mixed year to Rafael Nadal’s record 20th Slam

December 26, 2020 6:36:28 am

The Tennis Yearender: The covid interruption, main result, standout moments, talking points

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Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Player Council elections

December 22, 2020 2:36:43 pm

Novak Djokovic set up the breakaway Professional Tennis Players’ Association (PTPA) on the eve of the US Open in September and resigned as head of the ATP Player Council.

2021 WTA season to begin in Abu Dhabi; Auckland, Shenzhen events scrapped

December 19, 2020 12:55:01 pm

In 2020, the WTA had events in Shenzen and Auckland starting on January 6 but those were scrapped for the 2021 season due to travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine.

Australian Open to have delayed start next year, confirmed for February 8

December 19, 2020 12:13:18 pm

The start date of the main draw of the tournament was originally slated for January 18 and organisers have been locked in negotiations with the local government over COVID-19 health protocols.

Dominic Thiem breaks ‘Big Three’ hold on Grand Slams in virus-hit 2020

December 15, 2020 12:26:46 pm

At the fanless Flushing Meadows in September this year, Dominic Thiem ended the iron-grip of the triumvirate of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer on Grand Slams.

Ankita Raina wins ITF doubles title in Dubai

December 13, 2020 7:05:46 pm

Ankita Raina said that success on the singles circuit is unparalleled but a deep run in doubles draw is not without significance.

Wimbledon champ, Tennis Hall of Famer Alex Olmedo dead at 84

December 11, 2020 11:15:55 am

Olmedo played in the Davis Cup for the United States and led the team to the trophy in 1958, when he also paired with Ham Richardson to win the doubles title at the U.S. National Championships, the tournament now known as the U.S. Open.