On July 16, 2016 former world No. 1’s Justine Henin and Marat Safin received the highest honor in tennis – induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In addition, Class of 2015 inductee Amelie Mauresmo was honored in the induction ceremony, as she missed last year’s due to the birth of her child. Master . . .
Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray, 4th times in the Australian Open final. The world No. 1 won all finals, however the only question is: is Murray able to bounce back and break through here in Melbourne winning a Major title in his post-Lendl career. Or Novak will join Borg and Laver collecting his 11th GS titles, and his 6th AO crown which will be equaled with the all-time record holder Roy Emerson.
3 time French Open champion, former world No.1, and popular on and off the court, in his homeland and worldwide as well. Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten is 39 today!
Belinda Bencic made a huge upset defeating Serena Williams in the semifinal at Rogers Cup in Toronto
Second week, Friday, it should be the time for the men semifinals where -after 2012 – again 75% of the BIG4 are there: the World No.1 Serb, the Swiss Maestro, the local hero and the eternal promise French…The last 4 are now only one step away from the final, so close in fact that they can almost taste it… Let’s review some miscellaneous stats regarding the semifinals.
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Until the Open-era…1957-1968 Lew Hoad loses in the semis of the 1957 Australian Championships in Melbourne to Neale Fraser, who is stopped by Ashley Cooper in the final. World No. 2 Shirley Fry beats No. 4 Althea Gibson . . .
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Years after WWII…1946-1956 In 1946 John Bromwich wins his second Australian Championships beating Dinny Pails 5-7 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-2 in Adelaide. Nancye Wynne Bolton defends her third title after a 5 year hiatus due to World War . . .
This article is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first Australian Championship Written by Karoly Mazak Between the World Wars…1925-1940 The second edition of the ILTF recognized Official Australasian Championships took place in January 1925 in Sydney. James Anderson defended his third Australasian title against top-seeded Gerald Patterson, while Daphne Akhurst became the champion . . .
In 1919 Gerald Patterson became the second Australian player to win the Wimbledon singles title. In January 1920 Australasia defended the Davis Cup against the British Isles 4-1 in Sydney. Algie Kingscote from the visiting British team won the Australasian title in late January in Sydney.
In 1908 Brookes was unable to undertake the journey to travel to Wimbledon to defend his title. In Australia Brookes had a wood factory and played more and more sporadically because of his business obligations. He concentrated his efforts to defend the Davis Cup that was used as a flower bowl in Brookes’ home. Australasia managed to retain the Davis Cup against the USA 3-2 in Melbourne. After the Davis Cup match, Fred Alexander from the visiting American team won the Australasian title in Sydney in the absence of Brookes or Wilding.