Nick Kyrgios has squandered a two set lead in his third-round Australian Open clash with world No.3 Dominic Thiem - spitting the dummy on four occasions when the Austrian started to fight back. The 25-year-old Australian won a break point in the very first game of the match and went on to win the opening set 6-4 at the John Cain Arena in Melbourne Park on Friday. He then powered his way through the second set and appeared on track for a stunning upset victory. But the momentum began to shift in the third set and Thiem started to claw his way back to make the final score 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6. Kyrgios smashed his racket on the ground in frustration fearing the match was slipping away after such a dominant start. He then lost the set point with a careless between-the-legs shot and started to unravel in the fourth - even hitting himself in the head with his racket at one point. Kyrgios mouthed off to the umpire in the fifth set twice after the official called him for a … [Read more...] about Nick Kyrgios crashes out of the Australian Open in another five-set thriller despite gutsy effort against world number 3 Dominic Thiem – but he still managed FOUR trademark dummy sits
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Australian Open organisers hope to fill Rod Laver Arena by handing out free tickets following a dismal showing at the tournament opener in Melbourne . Tennis fans who paid to attend Monday's day session on centre court received a text message at 4pm inviting them to return to the venue for tonight's matches - and even offering to bring a friend. The unprecedented promotion comes despite opening night tickets remaining on sale for up to $363 each. Fans who take up the offer will see world number one and eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic play Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in a late night centre court clash on Rod Laver Arena. Prior to the late night clash, women's world number two Simona Halep has opened the evening session on centre court against Australian wild card Lizette Cabrera. Not too many fans have taken advantage of the free ticket offer so far with more empty seats than spectators in the stands at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night. There were similar … [Read more...] about Unprecedented scenes as Australian Open tickets are slashed from $363 each to FREE as desperate organisers try to fill Rod Laver Arena for world No.1 – as local hero Nick Kyrgios also plays before rows of empty seats
THE Australian Open is underway over in Melbourne. But the current world No 5 and one of the greatest to grace the court, Roger Federer, will be playing NO part of the first Grand Slam of the year. Why is Roger Federer not playing in the Australian Open? The Swiss master Federer, 39 will not be in Melbourne this year. He still recovering from a right ankle injury, and withdrew his participation from the tournament late last year. Australian Open Director Craig Tiley said: “In the end, Roger ran out of time to get himself ready for the rigours of a Grand Slam and he’s very disappointed he won’t be coming to Melbourne in 2021. “The Australian Open has always held a special place in his heart – remember it was Roger who first called the AO the ‘Happy Slam’. “We wish him all the best as he prepares for his comeback later in the year and look forward to seeing him in Melbourne in 2022." When is the Australian Open 2021? The tournament will begin on Monday, … [Read more...] about Why is Roger Federer NOT playing in the Australian Open 2021?
Bernard Tomic has crashed out of the Australian Open in a dreadful performance where he looked like he didn't care if he won or lost. The Australian tennis player once ranked world No.17 made 40 unforced errors in his 6-1 6-3 6-2 defeat by Canadian No.11 Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday. Tomic, 28, appeared sluggish and uninterested during the error-riddled display as his 'coach' girlfriend Vanessa Sierra watched on from the player's box. Dressed in a matching pink shirt and shorts from designer Lovers + Friends, Tomic's girlfriend Sierra was still all smiles after the match as she posed for photos with tennis fans. The lacklustre display in 30C heat didn't go unnoticed by tennis greats, commentators, and fans, who were quick to give the controversial player a serve. Bernard Tomic (pictured) has come under fire from critics after producing 40 unforced errors during his Australian Open second round loss on Wednesday Tomic's ranking will rise to be on the cusp of … [Read more...] about Tomic the Tank Engine: Aussie brat is roasted for ‘not trying’ as he crashes out of the Australian Open in ‘cringe-worthy’ loss while his ‘coach’ girlfriend poses for selfies in the stands with fans
Novak Djokovic powered past Daniil Medvedev to win a record-extending ninth Australian Open title and third in a row in front of a fiery Melbourne crowd on Sunday. It is the most anyone has ever won any single tennis major, and the Serbian player's latest victory means he now sits two wins behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who both have 20 Grand Slam titles. "Rod Laver Arena, I love you each year more and more," Djokovic said after his latest win. "The love affair keeps going. Thank you so much." The champion, 33, started as nervelessly as you'd expect, given his record Down Under, and raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set before Medvedev surged back to parity, firing ace after ace. The pair then slugged it out for the remainder of a relentless opening set, Djokovic notably keen to draw his opponent to the net, before the Serbian produced a brilliant break in game 12 to seize the initiative. Djokovic would not let it go, capitalizing on a couple of ragged service … [Read more...] about Australian Open final: Novak Djokovic wins ninth title