/ 16 January 2024

Aussie Open aces the drama

Image source: Australian Open
Image source: Australian Open

It’s been the usual controversy-filled start to the tournament… Adding an extra day to the Aussie Open was meant to eliminate crazy late finishes, but it went pear-shaped on day one with defending women’s champion Aryna Sabalenka not serving her first ball until 11.41pm on Sunday night. Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic has his own complaint – he’s annoyed that fans are now allowed to walk around between points instead of having to wait for a change of ends. He reckons “I did not know about that new rule” and that it caused distraction. As for the latest results, former world #1 Naomi Osaka’s return to grand slam tennis has been cut short, being defeated in straight sets by French 16th seed Caroline Garcia. And Aussie Alex de Minaur is through to the second round after injured Canadian Milos Raonic dropped out of their match early.

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