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The Break: News from Locked Down Under

In case you've missed the full story, here's how things are going for players in preparation for the Australian Open.

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A lot has happened in the first part of the Australian Open quarantine.

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Hantuchova explains why Australian Open is "Happy Slam"

“The food is amazing; if you’re trying to eat healthier, Melbourne is the place to be."

Good food is just one of the many reasons Daniela Hantuchová gives when explaining why the Australian Open is a "Happy Slam"—but it's really the only reason we need.?️?


The player-turned-commentator enjoyed her best career results in Melbourne.

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Vika chats FaceTime with Leo, Adelaide and AO expectations

The world No. 13 has recently kept busy by announcing the debut of her podcast series & checking in with her son while in hard quarantine.

Despite the circumstances, there is no dip in Victoria Azarenka's excitement for the first major of the year.

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“Expectation is the mother of all disappointment,” Azarenka told Blair Henley.

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Kathy Rinaldi and her seamless transition from tennis player to coach

“If I can’t be a tennis player/I think I’ll just be me.”

Kathy Rinaldi wrote these words at 7 years old, yet they beautifully summarize her life's accomplishments in the tennis world today.


While she won’t be in Australia this year, rest assured Rinaldi will be up at all hours.

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Five things to know: Aussie Open qualifier Fran Jones

20-year-old Fran Jones will compete in her first Grand Slam main draw, despite a more difficult path due to her ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia.

She's beaten some established names on her way, as well as won her fair share of ITF singles titles. ?


Born with ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia, the Brit's approach to tennis is unique.

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On The Line in 2021: New year, new WTA year-end No. 1?

Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ, Sofia Kenin, Bianca Vanessa Andreescu...

Ash Barty should be prepared for any number of women to challenge her for that year-end No. 1 spot in 2021. ?


After finishing 2019 and 2020 at No. 1, can Ashleigh Barty do it again in 2021?

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Victoria Azarenka announces "Think About It" podcast

That's right. There's a new host in town.

Victoria Azarenka is releasing a talk show and podcast series on Tennis Channel on January 27 featuring intimate and honest conversations with inspiring guests.


The former No.1 teased a six-episode first season set to premiere on January 27.

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Cuevas goes crazy in Aussie Open quarantine

We can thank the Australian Open quarantine for some of the most creative entertainment ever seen from many players.

Pablo Cuevas is a perfect example. ?


Someone please give this guy a quarantine Emmy.

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Cuevas goes crazy in Aussie Open quarantine

We can thank the Australian Open quarantine for some of the most creative entertainment ever seen from many players.

Pablo Cuevas is a perfect example. ?


Someone please give this guy a quarantine Emmy.

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The 2021 Australian Open: Did Craig Tiley overplay his hand?

Everybody wants to see Grand Slam tennis again, and Craig Tiley and the Australian Open are providing that.

But is it too ambitious? Is it controversial? Is it fair?

Time will tell as we watch it unfold.


The burgeoning issue is whether or not the tournament can be staged fairly.

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De Minaur, Tiafoe and more make 2021 predictions

A NextGen takeover. ?
Roger retiring. ?
Players outside the Big 3 winning Grand Slams. ?

Here are the predictions for 2021 from Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul, David Goffin, Alex De Minaur, and more.
What can you see happening in the coming year?


The stars of the ATP tour have big expectations for the next generation.

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Craig Tiley: Australian Open warm-up tournaments could be restructured

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley told press that the two WTA 500 events could now be delayed by two days, while the draw sizes could also be reduced.

This would allow players in hard quarantine some time to practice on court before the events begin.


A delay would help the players in hard quarantine in Melbourne.

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Hantuchova assesses quarantine impact on Australian Open

"I think they all deserve so much credit because, mentally, to have to deal with this, it’s extremely challenging."

Daniela Hantuchová shares her views on the unprecedented isolation players face ahead of the Australian Open.
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The commentator analyzed how isolation will affect players at the Australian Open.

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On The Line In 2021: Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam record

We've all beeen on the edge of our seats waiting for the moment. Is it finally here?

Will Serena Williams surpass Margaret Court’s Grand Slam title?

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Will this be the year she finally breaks Margaret Court’s all-time record?

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Lock Down Under: Mattresses, jump ropes and bottles as training tools

Quarantine isn't easy on anyone, but players are tapping into their creativity to pass the time and keep in shape.

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There's been no shortage of eye-catching content shared by tennis players from Melbourne.

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Sandgren Hotel Quarantine: 2021 AO

You've heard ABOUT Tennys Sandgren's wild ride en route to Melbourne, but now you can hear the story straight from him.

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Auger-Aliassime bids adieu to Nike for Adidas

New year. New gear.

Felix Auger Aliassime has joined ranks with adidas as he kicks off his new season.


Eugenie Bouchard and Tommy Paul are also sporting new kits this year.

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Serena picks up $8 million mansion in Jupiter, Fla.

Eight bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, a swimming pool, guest house, a tennis and basketball court...but Serena Williams is still demolishing the property and starting fresh. ?


The 10,000 square-foot home formerly belonged to MLB player Yadier Molina.

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Now that's impressive. Rafa Nadal has officially been ranked in the top 10 for 800 consecutive weeks, setting a new record.

Now that's impressive.?

Rafa Nadal has officially been ranked in the top 10 for 800 consecutive weeks, setting a new record.



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RuPaul's Drag Race UK queens serve Wimbledon homage

Welcome to Wimbeld'hun! ???

Contestants are coming up with their best tributes to players like Andy Murray and Serena Williams, and the UK's season-2 queens will seek to game-set-snatch the crown over a few more weeks.


The show's season-2 queens seek to game-set-snatch ​the crown.

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