RAFA NADAL is in “survival” mode and not sure if his back will withstand the rigours and demands of five-set tennis as the Australian Open progresses. The Spaniard complained about the issue in the build-up to this Slam and it ruled him out of the ATP Cup challenge this month. In his first official match in almost three months, there were no obvious signs of struggle or discomfort on the Rod Laver Arena. He dropped only eight games in a straight-sets 6-3 6-4 6-1 win over Serbian patsy Laslo Đere. The real test will be when he is forced to go long and deep and possibly five sets this early in the season. Of course, Nadal is a cautious man by nature, and never one to make big statements or take anything for granted when it comes to preparation for the big events. And of course, the world No2 is so gifted on the court he could beat most players on the circuit operating well below his normal capacity. But asked about how his back was shaping up, and specifically whether it … [Read more...] about Rafa Nadal is not sure if his back will withstand gruelling Australian Open pace after cruising past Laslo Đere
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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?
HEATHER WATSON overcome hard quarantine and an untimely leg spasm to ruin Kristyna Pliskova’s Australian Open once again The Brit held her nerve in two successive tie-breaks to knock out the Czech No.8 in the first round at Melbourne Park, arguably one of her best matches ever witnessed at Slam level. Who can relate? Especially after a triathlon I’m famished ???? pic.twitter.com/EPWXV3ugl3 — Heather Watson (@HeatherWatson92) January 25, 2021 It was the second successive year the two had played at this stage and once more Watson ended as the happier player. Yet her preparations for this Open had been the “worst” of her career, mainly because she was one of 72 players confined to a hotel room for more than a fortnight. This was because there had been a confirmed Covid-19 case on her Middle East flight. And due to this 'close contact', tournament rules stated she would not be allowed outside to train or exercise. All she could do for fitness was … [Read more...] about Heather Watson beats Kristyna Pliskova 7-6, 7-6 at Australian Open despite tough 16-day quarantine locked in hotel
IT'S the first sporting event to see crowds gather in months - so all eyes are firmly fixed on the Australian Open tennis players - and their partners. Over the next fortnight, some of the top stars are being supported by some very glamorous Wags, including reality TV personalities, an OnlyFans star and even a circus performer. One model that has already set pulses racing at the annual event, which started on Monday, is Brazilian beauty Camille Ringoir, 28, girlfriend of Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic, 30. She recently wowed in a beach photoshoot , the latest in a series of jaw-dropping snaps - many of which she's shared with fans online. Due to Covid restrictions this year, most of the players' partners will be cheering them on from home and showing their support on social media. Here, we look at the other 'Twags' serving up the glamour during the competition... Vanessa Sierra Aussie player Bernard Tomic's girlfriend, 26, has already made waves among fans … [Read more...] about Meet the Australian Open tennis Wags – from OnlyFans model to circus performer and reality star
BRITISH tennis fans have been left disappointed with Amazon Prime's US Open coverage. The internet giants purchased the exclusive UK rights to show live matches on their £79-a-year service, their first broadcast of a sporting event. Andy Murray attempts Dele Alli celebration challenge as he asks Tottenham ace 'did I get it' But viewers were left up in arms with the service after they decided against showing Brit Heather Watson. Instead former world No1 Andy Murray was shown across two channels. It was the only time they would have been able see the 26-year-old in action as she failed to end her first round hoodoo in the US. Watson's 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, defeat against Ekaterina Makarova means she has failed to progress into the second round for the eighth consecutive tournament. One frustrated viewer said: "@amazon where is the streaming of Heather Watson on US Open on Amazon Prime." @amazon where is the streaming of heather watson on US Open on amazon … [Read more...] about Brit tennis fans fume as Amazon decides against showing Heather Watson’s US Open match