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Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open

14 Enero 2018

There is the issue of its structure, which, with multiple governing bodies and no final arbiter, severely limits its ability to make calendar changes.

We've come a long way from the days when droves of European and American stars skipped the onetime December event in order to be home for the holidays. "It worked pretty well". The most recent match was last year in Nottingham, a match he won in straight sets. "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out". It soon began to alter the arc of tennis history.

Keothavong has this week overlooked Robson for her four-woman squad for next month's week of Euro Africa Zone promotion matches, preferring the higher ranked Katie Boulter and doubles specialist Anna Smith to support Jo Konta and Heather Watson, who has had a decent week in Hobart.

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The 2018 Australian Open is just around the corner and that means it's time for the all-important draw to be announced.

Slovenian Aljaz Bedene is defending champion Federer's first task on Rod Laver Arena for 2018.

Only the US Open have parity in this respect and the historic anomaly of the status quo was criticised by British Fed Cup Captain Anne Keothavong who tweeted that it was 'not right'. "I had a heavy year in 2017 and I started my preparation later than usual".

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Djokovic and Wawrinka, though, are yet to demonstrate that they have fully recovered from the respective elbow and knee injuries that have sidelined the pair since August.

Nadal, last year's runner-up in Melbourne, opens his campaign against Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

Of course the solution to the guaranteeing a qualifying spot is to improve one's ranking, as the cut off for entry is still a modest 216 this year. "It's important to find a good rhythm". You dropped the ball and it didn't even reach your calf on the bounce. 2017's beaten finalist is up against Belinda Bencic in the opening round.

"If you really need it, do it for the finals, the semifinals, but this is unnecessary for the guys", she said.

"She's a big hitter and there were not many rallies". But their mutual absences in Melbourne do not remove Court from the conversation in Melbourne.

The transformation of the Australian Open from a moribund event played on grass in the confines of a fusty old tennis club (Kooyong) into the model major happened in one great leap in 1987. No seeded player can meet another seeded player until the third round.

Querrey lost 6-4, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5) to Czech Jiri Vesely, two-time champion Isner lost 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2 to Hyeon Chung of Korea and Johnson was beaten 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 by fifth-seeded former champion Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

However, the Swiss star, 36, was cautious about predicting a repeat victory. 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.

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open