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Will sports science improve the dire fortunes of Australian tennis?

The plight of Australian men’s tennis has become even more significant with the collective failure to progress past the first round of Roland Garros. The last time that Australia has found itself...

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Slim Australian Wimbledon hopes all on women

If there is one positive for Australia’s tennis players at Wimbledon in 2011, it’s that they won’t be burdened by great expectations. For decades, Australia have looked favourably to the green grass of...

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Bernard Tomic the next great Australian hope

Key moments in time often define great players. This has been shown on many occasions in many sports, but tennis seems to have more than most because of the one-on-one battles the sport provides. In...

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Aussie tennis rising? Don’t hold your breath

Before Australian sports fans get too excited by Luke Saville and Ashleigh Barty winning this year’s boys and girls Wimbledon titles, a collective breath needs to be taken before possible claims that...

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Sam Stosur wins maiden Grand Slam title

When Samantha Stosur took on Francesca Schiavone in the 2010 French Open final, she was the favourite. That was not the case in her final match-up against Serena Williams at the 2011 US Open. Serena...

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Lleyton Hewitt deserves more respect

Another Davis Cup tie has been played and sadly lost. Our prolonged exodus from the elite World Group continues for yet another year. Despite the defeat, there were plenty of positives to take out of...

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Stosur confident about chances at Australian Open

Samantha Stosur is confident she can handle the pressure to present a strong challenge at next month’s Australian Open following her maiden tennis grand slam triumph. Currently ranked sixth in the...

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Stosur whacks tennis back in good shape

Fitter than ever, Sam Stosur’s not the only thing in good shape on the Australian tennis circuit this summer. The sport itself – reinvigorated by Stosur’s US Open success – is also in fine health as...

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Nerves got the better of me, says Dokic

She’s in her 15th year on tour, has six career singles titles and had most of the country in her corner during her fairytale quarter-final run at the 2009 Australian Open. But it seems nothing makes...

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Is Sam Stosur mentally weak?

Day one of the Australian Open showed us the mental fortitude of one Aussie under enormous pressure, resulting in a famous victory. Day two, unfortunately, has left us questioning the mental fortitude...

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Tomic downs Querrey in Aussie Open

The brain of Bernard Tomic overcame the brawn of America’s Sam Querrey as Australia’s teenage tennis genius booked an Australian Open third round berth for the second straight year. It was not quite of...

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Aussies Abroad in WTA and ATP

Welcome to a new weekly segment updating the Aussies Abroad in the WTA and ATP tours. Every week, this article will look at the week that has just gone by and will also look at who is competing at the...

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Bernard is just the Tomic Australian tennis needs

Now is a golden time for Australia in men’s tennis. Well, not really in the way you would expect. For the first time since 2007, two men reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. Those two...

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Tomic keen to focus on tennis

Rising tennis star Bernard Tomic is disappointed to have been caught up in another controversy involving his high-powered sports car. The 19-year-old is due in court on February 14 to answer two...

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Aussies Abroad in WTA and ATP Feb 14-20

It was another busy week for Aussies Abroad in both the WTA and ATP with plenty going on both here and abroad. This week we’ll look back at that including Australia’s Davis Cup victory over China, an...

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Stosur crushed by weight of expectation

Sam Stosur stepped rather than stormed her way into her first WTA final of the year in Qatar last weekend. Although beaten in the final by world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 1-6 2-6 in a brief and one-sided...

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Tomic helps Aussies win Davis Cup tie 5-0

Lessons learned from Australia’s 5-0 Davis Cup sweep of South Korea in Brisbane look set to help their spearhead Bernard Tomic pass his looming crash course on clay. But Australian captain Patrick...

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Matosevic our new Aussie tennis hope

Just before the Wimbledon Championships this year, I said on Twitter two statements that many would have found perplexing at the time. The first was that I felt Marinko Matosevic could go further than...

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Indifferent Tomic risks further alienation

What’s going on with Bernard Tomic? According to John McEnroe, he tanked at the US Open. And nearly everyone else believed it. Tomic lost to Andy Roddick in straight sets at the US Open in the kind of...

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Australia beat Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

Bernard Tomic completed an impressive Davis Cup return as Australia clinched victory over Uzbekistan on Sunday to advance to September’s World Group playoffs. Tomic defeated Uzbek No.1 Denis Istomin in...

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