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Lucas and Clemence Pouille welcome baby girl

Welcome to the world, baby Rose! ?

And congratulations to Clemence and Lucas Pouille. ?


The young family received congratulations from figures throughout tennis.

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Maria Hitting in Park IG Story

SPOTTED. ?
We'd recognize that form anywhere, Maria Sharapova. ?



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Victoria Azarenka releases "Think About It" trailer

Victoria Azarenka is switching it up and taking on the role of interviewer in her new podcast, discussing topics like mental neutrality, fear, and more.

And starting Wednesday, she'll make you Think About It. ?


The podcast series features six episodes with accomplished experts from a range of fields.

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Cuevas builds his personal brand from a hotel room

All those in favor of awarding Pablo Cuevas a quarantine Emmy, say "I." ✋


He's changing his image simply by being real, fun and unique in a tough situation.

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Think About It Teaser

It's been months in the making, but it's here. ?

Victoria Azarenka is taking on the role of interviewer in her new podcast, discussing topics from mental neutrality to fear and more.

And she'll make you Think About It.
(Launching Jan. 27 on Tennis Channel, WTA, and podcast platforms!)



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Kyrgios "ready to go" after enjoying time in Canberra with family

The year 2021 will be:
"Fresh. I’m feeling great and ready to go." -Nick Kyrgios

The world No. 47 hasn't competed since February 2020 and we couldn't be more excited for his 2021 debut.?


The 25-year-old Australian is expected to make his return at Melbourne 2—an ATP 250 event.

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Djokovic does interview from his balcony

There's no stopping Novak Djokovic fans in Australia.?

The world No. 1's interactions with fans from his balcony have ranged from a simple wave to traditional Serbian dances, and even an interview on Mix102.3 Adelaide.

#AusOpen


He has used his balcony for workouts, coaching sessions and distanced catch-ups.

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Haase gets his Aussie Open started early

The Australian Open quarantine has inspired some creativity from players on social media.

Our new favorite: Robin Haase's one man show.


Players are tapping into their creativity even on the practice court.

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Bills Mafia in Melbourne: Buffalo's Jessie Pegula cheers on from afar

The Buffalo Bills' fantastic run is giving Jessica Pegula something to look forward to while in quarantine.

The world No. 64 takes the day off to cheer on her hometown team—that her parents own—from Melbourne.

#AusOpen | #BillsMafia


Jessica has found ways to stay connected with her city's beloved football team.

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Tennis Australia adds new WTA tournament for players in hard lockdown

Another update to the calendar means 6 tournaments will now be held simultaneously the week before the Australian Open:

Gippsland Trophy♀️
Yarra Valley Classic♀️
Great Ocean Road Open♂️
Murray River Open♂️
ATP Cup♂️
Grampians Trophy♀️

#WTA #ATP


The update means that six events will be held simultaneously ahead of the Aussie Open.

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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.

#TheBreakTC | #AusOpen


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.

#AusOpen


“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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