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Australian Open Laura Robson opens up about Las Vegas attack

MELBOURNE, Australia — For the first time since the horrific mass shooting at a music concert in Las Vegas last October, Britain’s Laura Robson spoke of the effect it has had on her life. Robson and her friends were among a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Music when the shooting began. On Wednesday, after losing her first-round doubles match at the Australian Open, she told the media how shaken up she was but how lucky she felt to escape an attack that left 58 people dead…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – tennis

6:55 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Australian Open – Petra Kvitova keeps perspective after heartbreaking loss

MELBOURNE, Australia — Her spirit was there and her mind willing, but her body could not quite get her over the line. Petra Kvitova‘s comeback to the Australian Open ended in the first round Tuesday with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 loss against Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova, who missed last year’s event, served for the match twice but to no avail. The effects of a recent fever and lingering cough were perhaps factors down the stretch. But if anyone is likely to be able to put a loss in perspective, it is…

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Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios a role model? You’d better believe it

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios a role model? You read those words right. The Australian Open is notorious for its share of surprises, with players often a bit undercooked at the start of the year. But this one is a doozy. For most of his career, Kyrgios has been labeled the bad boy of tennis; his on-court behavior resulted in a three-week ban (reduced from three months) at the end of 2016, and he has been fined multiple times over. Venus Williams, a finalist last year, is out of the…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia — A note for all up-and-coming players wanting to announce themselves on the big stage: Avoid a first-round Rafa encounter at all costs. After a 90-minute Rafael Nadal power exhibition on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night, Victor Estrella Burgos certainly won’t want a rematch anytime soon. Nadal simply mauled world No. 83 on Rod Laver Arena, taking his first step toward bettering last year’s runners-up finish after that thrilling five-set classic against Roger Federer. Monday’s onslaught was vintage Nadal. The Spaniard allowed his outclassed opponent only three…

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Australian Open 2018 – tournament schedule, news, live scores & results

All you need to know about the 2018 Australian Open, including day-by-day results and analysis from Melbourne. Complete Australian Open coverage and schedule How to watch the Australian Open Don’t have ESPN? Click here to subscribe today and get instant access. A look at listings in global territories: The best Aussie Open reads EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA Cambers: No need to worry about Sloane Stephens … yet. READ ICYMI at Australian Open: Rafa’s romp, CoCo’s banana blunder. READ Bembry: Venus looked the part, but there was no magic. READ Cambers: Nick Kyrgios…

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Australian Open women’s roundup — Day 1

MELBOURNE, Australia — In her first match at the Australian Open since a Williams sister was guaranteed to win the title, Venus Williams lost in the first round to Belinda Bencic and ensured it cannot happen in 2018. Venus lost last year’s final at Melbourne Park to younger sibling Serena, who clinched an Open era-record 23rd major but hasn’t played a Grand Slam tournament since because of her pregnancy and the birth of her first child. The 6-3, 7-5 loss for Venus Williams was her first in five career meeting…

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Australian Open – The blueprint to old-man Roger Federer’s success

11:12 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” It’s one of the great clich├ęs in sports: The one rival that no athlete, no matter how great, can ever beat is time. That might be the case, but on the eve of the Australian Open,…

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Australian Open Bernard Tomic fails to qualify after loss to Lorenzo Sonego

MELBOURNE — Bernard Tomic‘s Australian Open campaign is over before the tournament proper even begins following a 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 final-round qualifying loss to Italian Lorenzo Sonego. While the second-seeded Federer won’t have an easy path to the finals in Melbourne, it’s last year’s runner-up on the women’s side who faces a serious opening-round obstacle. And we’re back. Media day at the Australian Open officially kicked off the start to a new season of Q&A. 1 Related Tomic looked shattered after a 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 defeat on Sunday,…

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W2W4 at Australian Open – Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens face difficult openers

10:51 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Tennis may be ultimate “What have you done for me lately?” sport. You can never rest on your laurels, no matter how great you are. We have abundant proof of that once again at the Australian…

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