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Preview, recap and analysis:

Aussie youngsters
Three women who had a great Australian Open… and two who didn’t

A trip down memory lane:

Australian Open trivia
The tragedy of Daphne Akhurst
The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup
1960 Australian Open: Neale Feaser, a costly volley
1960-63 Australian Open: Jan Lehane four time runner-up
1987-1988 Swedes spoil the party
January 11, 1988: first day of play at Flinders Park
2001 Australian Open: Pat’s last chance
2001 Australian Open final: Andre Agassi defeats Arnaud Clément
2003 Australian Open: last Grand Slam title for Agassi
2005 Australian Open: Heartbreak for Lleyton Hewitt

Marketing:

Australian Open 2013: live like a player

Fashion and gear:

Roger Federer Nike outfit preview
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit preview
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Juan Martin Del Potro Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Ana Ivanovic adidas dress
Venus Williams dress by EleVen
Kei Nishikori and Shingo Kunieda Uniqlo outfit
Lleyton Hewitt C’mon outfit

Polls:

Who will win the Australian Open 2013?

  • Novak Djokovic (44%, 56 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (41%, 53 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

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Who will win the Australian Open 2013?

  • Serena Williams (37%, 45 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (26%, 31 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (17%, 20 Votes)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Li Na (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Sara Errani (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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The official 2013 Wimbledon championships won’t be with us for a good few months yet, but many people are looking forward to it already.
If you adore tennis and can’t wait to be sitting in on the live events again, you could always gear up for the season now by checking out 2013’s potential players.

Heather Watson

At just 20 years of age, Heather Watson is already ranked in the top 50 of the WTA. The British-born player will be the UK’s hopeful for the 2013 women’s singles.
She began playing tennis when she was seven and has already had some amazing highlights in her career.

Heather Watson

Playing style

Watson has impeccable footwork that will certainly stand her in good stead for 2013, as well as having great balance and a huge arsenal of shots. She favours a two-handed backhand.

Notable wins

Watson managed to make it to her third round in the 2012 Wimbledon championship, making her the first British woman since 2002 to do so.
At that time she was ranked 103rd, yet managed to beat Iveta Benesova (ranked 52nd) and Jamie Hampton (ranked 84th).
She also won the 2012 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship, beating Chang Kai-chen (ranked 82nd) in the final. This also made her the first British woman to win a WTA title since 1988.

Kei Nishikori

The Japanese tennis player sits in 19th place in the ATP rankings and 2013 is gearing up to be the best in his career.
Nishikori first started playing tennis at the age of 5 and played in his first ATP event when he was just 17.

Kei Nishikori

Playing style

Nishikori has a very distinctive playing style, being both speedy and powerful on the court.

Notable wins

Kei’s notable wins to date include the 2011 Swiss Indoors Basel tournament (beating Novak Djokovic) and the quarter finals of 2012 Australian Open (beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga).

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison was born in Louisiana, USA, and already has some impressive achievements to brag about at age 20. He’s spearheading the new American tennis movement, which hopes to relive the USA’s tennis heyday.
He currently ranks in 69th place.

Ryan Harrison

Playing style

Harrison is famous for his powerful playing style, much of which is fuelled by his great athleticism. His strong serve is his trademark, although he also showcases an incredibly controlled forehand.

Notable wins

In 2012 Harrison appeared in all four of the Grand Slam events. He managed to make it to the quarter-finals in the US Open and the French Open, both impressive achievements at such a young age.
He also managed to reach the semi-finals of the SAP Open for the third time running.

In 2013 you should keep an eye out for these three players to see how their careers progress – they could be the next big tennis stars!

This article was written by Wimbledon Debenture Holders, a boutique website for Wimbledon tickets.
Photos by Tennis Buzz: Heather Watson French Open 2012, Kei Nishikori Bercy 2012, Ryan Harrison French Open 2012.

Schedule nonsense at Bercy on Day 2: on Court Central (14 500 seats): Chardy, Mathieu and Llodra. On court 1 (300 seats): Dimitrov, Melzer, Cilic, Dolgopolov, Querrey and Verdasco. So as you guessed it, I spent most of the afternoon on Court 1.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Jurgen Melzer

The first match on Court 1: “Baby Fed” Dimitrov against 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer.
Both players had a disappointing season: Melzer’s ranking fell from 8 in 2011 to 30 this year and Dimitrov is around the top 50.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Jurgen Melzer

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The ITF started producing an official Olympic Book for the Olympic Tennis Event at Beijing 2008, and has continued this new tradition by creating another one for London 2012.
This year’s book Aspire, Inspire: Celebrating Tennis at the Olympics 2012 is based on the idea of who, or what, inspired you when you were young.
The publication features tennis’s most talked-about players revealing who their heroes were growing up, accompanied by some stunning photography and photos of the players themselves as a child.

The 36 Olympic and Paralympic players featured in the book include current world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan, and Olympic medallists Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, and Vera Zvonareva.

Novak Djokovic – Alberto Tomba (skiing)

Victoria Azarenka – Sergey Bubka (pole vault)

Bob and Mike Bryan – The Dream Team (1992 US men’s basketball team)

Rafael Nadal – Spanish Olympic Team at 1992 Barcelona

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It’s been 80 years since a Japanese player the Grand Slam has seen a Japanese player reach the action in the quarterfinals. Kei Nishikori has done just that at this year’s Australian Open, rocking some sweat absorbing UNIQLO gear.

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO is developing a new line of tennis wear that will mimic the match wear worn by Nishikori at the 2012 Australian Open. The collection will include 12 items, ranging from apparel to accessories. Shirts, shorts, warm-ups, hats, wristbands, socks and a tennis bag are among the offerings.
The new line uses Uniqlo’s new Dry-Ex fabric, that absorbs perspiration, dries quickly, and is thin, light and breathable. Flat seam stitching provides extra comfort.

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO tennis wear

Prices of the clothing line range from 3,900 yen ($50) for shorts and tops to 6,990 yen ($90) for warm-up jackets. Accessories such as wristbands, a cap and a bag will also be available, ranging in price from 790 yen ($10) to 5,990 yen ($77).

The first pieces in the series will be released on April 2 and will be available only online in Japan and at the retailer’s new flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, opening March 16.

UNIQLO has sponsored Nishikori since last year, when it started creating one-off pieces for the athlete to wear during matches. Previously sponsored by adidas, Nishikori chose UNIQLO partly because it offered “greater long-term potential for Kei to earn money,” IMG agent Olivier Van Lindonk said.

“Uniqlo can become a partner for Kei for a long time, even after his playing days are over”.