The Australian Open 2018 will be contested from January 15 to January 28 at the very prestigious Melbourne Park. The two modern day greats who squared off in an epic in last year's final will once again have an opportunity to add another chapter to their famous FEDAL rivalry. "For me it's about how long the calendar is in terms of mandatory events for the top players". Imagine walking through the actual house where Rubens lived and worked, seeing the landscapes that inspired Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and discovering an original painting by Jan van Eyck in the exact location depicted in the painted scene. He followed his run to the final in Melbourne by winning the French Open and U.S. Open, splitting the Grand Slam honours with Federer for the year.
She hasn't regained fitness yet though and won't be able to play. "Every player is here with all his heart and energy, trying to do his best".
Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov, who is also known as Baby Roger, will follow the big two as the third seed.
"The most important thing is to feel the conditions, to get comfortable", he said. For those who value the culinary arts, Bruges is also home to a chocolate museum, a museum dedicated to potato fries and the world's first beer pipeline.
Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Richard Gasquet of France at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Australia.He went down to Gasquet 4-6, 5-7.This was Nadal's first match in a while.
GC: Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane is playing as well as she ever has done and a runner-up spot in Auckland highlights she has carried her good form from 2017 into this year.
In the second quarter, we find former Grand Slam finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson.
For Djokovic, his opening competitive match will be tricky against American lefty Donald Young.
Will Djokovic be a contender in Melbourne?
Court, a Pentecostal pastor, has strong views on homosexuality. However, unlike her rivals, the two-time Australian Open champion has been forced to withdraw due to a custody battle over her one-year-old son. Martina Navratilova, who, like Court, is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is one of the more prominent figures who have called for a change.
Williams is obviously the biggest name there, and is not yet ready for Grand Slam competition following the birth of her child.
The Japanese star has been out of action since withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters after tearing a tendon in his right wrist. "No, there's no chance". But the young guns are everywhere with Andrey Rublev, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Lucas Pouille, Kyle Edmund and Yoshihito Nishioka.
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