A lot of people now think I’m a shoe. They don’t even know I was a tennis player. The shoe has really taken on a life of its own, way beyond me – Stan Smith
Watch Stan Smith talk about the legendary tennis shoe named after him in this video by adidas:
Monica Niculescu def Sabine Lisicki (15), Casey Dellacqua def Kirsten Flipkens (18), Florian Mayer def Mikhail Youzhny (14), Sam Querrey def Ernests Gulbis (23), Denis Istomin def Dmitry Tursunov (30), Damir Dzumhur def Ivan Dodig (32)
Stat of the day: 60
Pic of the day: Ernests Gulbis
Site of the day: Grand Slam Gal
Mel did the tennis fan Slam in 2012, so she knows a thing or two about her tennis. Check out her site Grand Slam Gal where she shares her tips for buying Australian Open, her guide to going to the Australian Open, and enjoy her pics of Rafael Nadal, Sam Stosur, Rafter/Hewitt and more!
Video of the day: Gasquet and Davydenko rally
Matches to follow on Day 4:
Rafael Nadal (1) – Thanasi Kokkinakis
Benoit Paire (27) – Nick Kyrgios
Marin Cilic – Gilles Simon (18)
Serena/Venus Williams – Kristina Mladenovic/Flavia Pennetta
The first Slam of the season is already over for 7-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, defeated by Ekatarina Makarova. Is it time to retire for the 33 yr old?
Upset of the day: Luksika Kumkhum defeats Petra Kvitova
Last year she lost to Laura Robson in the second round, this year she was defeated by unknown 88-ranked Thai Luksika Kumkhum.
3 years ago, after her surprising Wimbledon victory, Petra Kvitova was seen as a future number one, who would challenge for Grand Slam titles, but she hasn’t so far lived up to expectations.
Tweet of the day: Ashleigh Barty
The young Aussie, ousted 6-2 6-1 by Serena, congratulates her opponent on Twitter. Refreshing.
Absolutely incredible! Serena is an absolute champion. An honour to play against her! Thanks everyone for the support. Love playing at home!
— Ash Barty (@ashbar96) January 13, 2014
Image of the day: L’Equipe
Matches to follow on Day 2:
Andreas Seppi (23) – Lleyton Hewitt
Rafael Nadal (1) – Bernard Tomic: can Tomic cause an upset like Mark Philippoussis when he beat Sampras in 1996?
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Roger Federer enjoyed his first hit of 2014 on the Rod Laver arena: