What’s The Australian Open About?
The tennis season is back after a brief break with the Australian Open, the first of four Grand Slams, taking centre stage in Melbourne.
What Is A Grand Slam?
Well if you’re not really big on tennis and just taking an interest for the first time you might not understand the significance of the Grand Slams.
The four Grand Slams in tennis are the most coveted titles on the World Tour, to most tennis players they represent the holy grail which they strive to achieve at least once in their career.
In what can be a gruelling year in tennis, the ATP World Tour for example has 62 tournaments across 31 countries this year, the Grand Slams which carry the highest prize money, ranking points and publicity are the highlights of the year. In an unrelated curve
or maybe not so unrelated only one of the 62 is held in Africa.
Australia hosts the first, the Australian Open in January every year while the other three are in France, England and the US.
Who Are The Big Guns?
Well here you should be on more familiar footing as you’d have to be living in the most remote part of the World, somewhere like Ittoqqortoormiit and no I did not make that name up its an actual place, to be unfamiliar with names like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and many more. You can check here for the complete latest ATP (Men’s) rankings and here for the WTA (Women’s) rankings.
ATP Top 3
1 ANDY MURRAY GREAT BRITAIN 12,560
2 NOVAK DJOKOVIC SERBIA 11,780
3 MILOS RAONIC CANADA 5,290
WTA Top 3
1 ANGELIQUE KERBER GERMANY 8,875
2 SERENA WILLIAMS USA 7,080
3 AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA POLAND 5,625
So Who’s Through To Round Two?
The top seeds are all through to the next round, its not as easy as it sounds to avoid a banana peel in the first round
(1) Angelique Kerber (GER) defeated L. Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2 5-7 6-2
(2) Serena Williams (USA) defeated Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-4 6-3
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) defeated Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-1 4-6 6-1
(1) Andy Murray (GRB) defeated I. Marchenko (UKR) 7-5 7-5 6-2
(2) Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-1 7-6 6-2
(3) Milos Raonic (CAN) defeated Dustin Brown (GER) 6-3 6-4 6-2
When is Round 2?
Tennis players don’t take as long as some other sports players to recharge their batteries, generally a day in between matches is standard and so there will be matches on Wednesday and Thursday.