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A great stat I saw on ESPN last night – this is only the second mens major in the Open era where none of the 8 quarter finalists have won a major before.

Wimbledon 2003 – Bjorkman, Roddick, Federer, Schalken, Henman, Grosjean, Popp, Philippoussis
US Open 2020 – Carreno Busta, Shapovalov, Coric, A Zverev, Rublev, Medvedev, De Minaur, Thiem

Will need to check if it has happened in the womens at all

Serena Williams wins her 100th as Alex de Minaur breaks new ground

Mens is now really wide open. Perhaps Zverev vs Thiem or Medvedev in the final. But it would not surprise if any of the others got through.
In the womens, Osaka is the stand out in the top half, with Serena and Kenin in the bottom half. A semi between those two would be a cracker!

2020 US Open: The story so far

the VIC opener was Wayne N Phillips. Not to be confused with Wayne B Phillips the SA left-handed batsman and sometimes ‘keeper. And I think David Campbell should be Greg Campbell, Tassie quick.

The best players who never played Test cricket for Australia

I always liked Gerald DeKock and Michael Abrahamson on the radio when Aus toured SAf in the 1990s and 2000s. And Robin Jackman on the TV.

Are these cricket's best-ever commentators?

Nadal has never lost a French final. He’s 12-0

The GOAT debate has become a Djoke

Djokovic’s medical issues mid-final and miraculous recoveries are a tactical move and have again succeeded in changing the course of a match. I recall some years ago Andy Murray was all over him in the Aus final when Djokovic developed breathing problems and appeared gone. Next minute he’s back to 100% and winning the title. Same thing last night.
With “tactics” like this he will never be the GOAT in my book.

The GOAT debate has become a Djoke

13 of past 16 AO men’s singles winners have last name of Djokovic or Federer. If Djokovic makes the final, he’ll win. So the question is, can someone take him out before then?
Women’s appears quite open but Barty has a fairly tough draw – full of tough Eastern Europeans in her way. As always, Serena is a threat but I feel Pliskova has a big chance.

2020 Australian Open: Previewing the contenders and their potential paths to glory

By the early and mid-1980s, the tournament had more than outgrown Kooyong. Not enough courts meant no mixed doubles tournament and reduced size fields for the singles and doubles in which the seeds sometimes had first round byes, too small and poor facilities for spectators, and being a private club, the members were not happy when the AO came around.

The decision to acquire land, initially build, and then further develop the amazing complex that is there now was an inspired one by the tennis authorities and the Vic government at the time, and has ensured the success of the AO and its future as one of the 4 annual Grand Slam tournaments.

The Australian Open is tennis' ugly duckling that came good

Also Hyeon Chung, who beat A Zverev and Djokovic 2 years ago en route to the semi finals, and Nicolas Mahut, he of the epic 3-day, 11-hour, 2010 Wimbledon match with John Isner. Highlights the depth of talent in the mens game.

Which Aussies will make it through the Australian Open qualifiers?

Where’s Juan Martin del Potro? With him there Argentina would be near favourites! Please don’t tell me he’s still injured.

Must admit some nations are really just making up the numbers! Moldova and Norway come to mind.

And where are all the Italians? They have an antipasto platter of top men missing (Sinner, Cecchinato, Berretini, Sonego and Seppi just to name a few).

ATP Cup players: Every team and player at the 2020 ATP Cup

Excellent analysis and article Paul!
Can’t quite put my finger on why, but I can’t get enthused about Thompson.
But you are spot on about the other 4. Real talent there which is exciting.

Where is Australian men's tennis going over the next decade?

Great preview of the upcoming summer of tennis, Avatar!

For me, the big questions at the AO are:

1) Can Barty break the long Aussie drought in the women’s? She is in with a decent chance but there are numerous other chances in the women’s field.

2) Can someone other than Federer or Djokovic win the men’s? Those two have dominated the event winning 13 of the past 16 titles. Could we finally see someone else win the title? Someone break through for their first major?

3) How far can De Minaur, Kyrgios and Millman and Popyrin go? Can one of them make the second week?

Your guide to the 2020 Australian summer of tennis (Part 3)

So far so good for your tips there Todd!
De Minaur and Barty with wins, and losses for Stosur, Hon and Gavrilova.
I reckon Stosur might call it quits after the Fed Cup final in Perth in November (hopefully after guiding Aus to a win in the doubles!)

Other notable results for me are first round losses for Genie Bouchard and Thomas Berdych. Bouchard has not been the same since her slip and fall in the change rooms at Flushing Meadow (was it 2 years ago?) and perhaps a career out of tennis beckons. Berdych appears a shadow of his former self due to injuries and might also pull the pin soon. Another player of great talent who could have won majors if not for complete domination of the big 3 in the current era.

US Open: Aussie preview and predictions

MCG one was Boxing day test of 1998. Steve Waugh took the extra half hour to get the win and Aus ended up losing. Chasing 175 lost by 12 runs at around 9pm from memory with extra overs due to previous rain meaning a very long day.. Crazy stuff. Dean Headley 6/60

And another is Hobart in December 2011 to NZ. Chasing 241 lost by 7 runs. Doug Bracewell 6 wickets (9 in the match) and Dave Warner carrying bat for 123*

Why is Australia cursed to lose the classics?

I’ve looked at last 40 years – Australia are won 4 and lost 16 in “close” results – close being 20 runs or less or by 2 wickets or less. Only wins are:

Colombo won by 16 runs 1992
Port Elizabeth won by 2 wickets 1997
Johannesburg won by 2 wickets 2006
Johannesburg won by 2 wickets 2011

So when England got within 20 runs I knew it was over!

Stokes revives Ashes with extraordinary match-winning ton

Djokovic’s dominance is ridiculous and barring injury may well continue for the next 5 years. 25 major titles and $200m prizemoney is not out of the question. And I actually fear for the men’s game as total dominance by one player is not healthy or good for the game.

Djokovic domination: Novak knocks over Nadal in straight sets

Good review Kieran!
From what I saw Alexei Popyrin is a serious talent. He has a big game and is exciting to watch. Astra Sharma also shows promise and interestingly both have taken overseas paths to where they are now. Popyrin via years in Spain and Sharma via college in the USA.

The ten Aussie singles players who made it out of Round 1, rated

Excellent article Richard.
Cilic, Thiem and Raonic are a few other names in the mix. Plus the talented but underachieving Berdych. And del Potro is missing again due to injury which is a big shame as he really is the only one in my opinion who can regularly challenge those big 3.
A new winner this year would be great but alas I can’t see it happening.

Only injuries will end Federer, Nadal and Djokovic's dominance

I’m in the USA at present and every game is live on either FOX or Fox sports 1. And the national team didn’t even qualify!

The great World Cup TV swindle

Svitolina is my pick for the women’s. However another in the mix is Angie Kerber who after a very lean period looks to be playing well. The 2016 champion looked good at the Hopman Cup where she didn’t drop a set in her 4 wins, and is into the quarters in Sydney.

In the men’s Federer is surely the stand out and someone will need to have a day out against him. Otherwise another title will be his.

From an Aussie perspective I would love to see both Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios make the second week!

Australian Open 2018 expert predictions

Not only does Katarina Johnson-Thompson have a great surname, but she’s cleverly described herself on her Twitter account as chronically indecisive, having adopted 2 surnames and the heptathlon.

One of the great features of the Foxtel coverage of London 2012 was the numerous dedicated channels and coverage of track and field events in their entirety (both live and rerun later). Alas, I’m not sure the 7 coverage will be as extensive this time around.

Seven Usain Bolt-free track events to watch this Olympics

Once sent off, does the team play with 17 on the field from then on, or can they field 18 but just have one short on the bench?
Rugby union, league and football soccer play one man short on the field.
Sports like basketball after a player is ejected just have one less on the bench but still the full quota on the field/court.

The AFL must adopt a send-off rule

On the Cricket Australia Live app, you can hear the radio commentary from Radio Sport NZ.

Australia vs New Zealand: How to watch the first Test streaming online and live on TV

Many of the radio callers are excellent. Tim Lane, Peter Donegan and Gerard Whately come to mind.
Perhaps 7 might target them to jump ship?
Or they could just use Basil Zempilas and Hamish McLachlan more.

AFL fans weep: Cometti to hang up the microphone

2015 was totally dominated by Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Serena went 53-3 on the season winning 5 titles (including 3 of the slams)
Djokovic went 82-6 winning 11 titles (including 3 slams, 6 Masters series and the year-end World Tour finals)

I am of the view that domination and predictability are not good for a sport, so here’s hoping that these two face some serious challengers at the Aus Open next month!

A look back at the tennis highlights from 2015