Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams face tough roads — Australian Open draw

Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams face tough roads — Australian Open draw

And of course the return of Maria Sharapova who has five Grand Slams to her name, but it was Melbourne two years ago where Sharapova was forced to withdraw from the Open and subsequently banned for from the game for 15 months for doping. He withdrew from the 2017 ATP Finals in London due to a right knee injury.

Tiley addressed reporters on the court of Margaret Court Arena, the name of which has drawn scrutiny and rebuke after controversial remarks by Court on topics including same-sex marriage and transgender children.

Nadal was naturally rusty after his extended break but looked free from his notorious knee problems and is not alone heading to the Australian Open after injury troubles.

Men's third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier, with Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth, playing Italian Thomas Fabbiano but with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after surgery, in his section of the draw. The tournament launched Djokovic's tenure in the big time when he bagged his first major in Melbourne, in 2008. The two modern day greats who squared off in an epic in last year's final will once again have an opportunity to add another chapter to their famous FEDAL rivalry. The venue has three roofed stadiums, beautiful open-air secondary courts and numerous crossover attractions, from kid-friendly zones to the AO Live Stage music venue.

"It was a very interesting match".

In the top half of the draw, Rafael Nadal's first serious threat ought to come in the shape of John Isner in the fourth round. I haven't played in six months. 16 qualifiers make up the remainder of the draw. But the fact she has struggled with fitness issues in the run up to Melbourne suggests she could crash out early. The world number four starts tournament against Thomas Fabbiano of Italy. Four straight-sets wins from four singles matches at the Hopman Cup are encouraging signs, too. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab. Won my first match maybe against Michael Chang here back in 2000.

With all the titles and earnings, they keep fighting at the highest level for the love and passion they feel towards tennis.' Can Novak Djokovic be the world No. "During the match the pain has been there".

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, pulled out of the Brisbane International with a viral illness.

GC: Julia Goerges. The German is in good form having beaten Wozniacki to take the Auckland title. With both he and Swiss great Roger Federer dominating the major tournament throughout the past decade, it comes as a relief to fans that he appears healthy.

'He's the defending champion coming out of a strong, unbelievable year. However, despite the loss to world No.31, he remained upbeat about his physical condition, reports Xinhua news agency.

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