Australian Open

Serena out in latest blow to Australian Open

The 23-time grand slam champion joins the growing list of absentees for the year's opening major, which already includes five-time runner-up Andy Murray and former world number four Kei Nishikori, with doubts also over star duo Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Serena has not played a competitive match since claiming a record-equalling slam at the Australian Open last year, having given birth to her first child in September.

Serena beats Venus to win record 23rd major

When Serena beat her older sibling in the Australian Open final 6-4 6-4, she collected a 23rd grand slam title to surpass Steffi Graf for the Open Era lead.

Now she only trails all-time leader Margaret Court by one major and the way she played in Melbourne -- not dropping a set -- Serena, 35, is looking good to achieve that feat later in 2017.

"It's never enough, 23, 24, 25," Serena told the crowd after her win. "I felt like I really elevated my game this year."

Ball girl sends heartfelt letter to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

During his second-round match, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga noticed a ball girl was fighting back tears after being struck by a ball.

The Frenchman stopped play to check on the girl before looping his arm through hers and escorting her off the court.

Twelve months on, Tsonga has revealed the girl, Guiliana, sent him a heartfelt message of thanks.

"Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga," the letter reads.

Italian junior kicked out of Australian Open after hitting ball kid

Viviani, 17, hit a ball away in disgust after losing the first set of her round one tie with China's Xin Yu Wang.

The ball apparently hit the ball kid softly in the chest and Viviani immediately apologised for her actions. 

The chair umpire didn't show any leniency though, disqualifying the Italian on the spot. 

 

Federer: Kyrgios no chance of winning Australian Open

Federer, who has claimed four Australian Open titles himself, believes Kyrgios isn't experienced enough to go the full length.

"To win, he drops, in my humble opinion,'' Federer told Fairfax Media

''To do anything, yes, first week no problem, but to go all the way it's a long way, and he's never been into a semis before, so first he has to prove to the world and himself that he can make the semis.

"So for me to start talking about him winning the tournament, Lleyton [Hewitt] never did it, and he was two times world No.1 at the end of the year.