PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Australian Open 2014!

Our exclusive 2014 Australian Open images are now live on Facebook! Here’s just a couple to show you how close theaussieword.com was to all the tennis action at Melbourne Park!

Roger Federer Received Three ATP World Tour Awards

Roger Federer received three honours in the 2013 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon on Wednesday, in an on-court ceremony at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer was selected by his peers as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a ninth time and by fans as the ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite presented by Moët & Chandon for an 11th straight year.


On receiving the Sportsmanship award, Federer said, “It is very special as Stefan Edberg was my hero growing up, when all I wanted to do was play on the ATP World Tour. So to follow in his footsteps is wonderful and I hope I can be a role model for players growing up.
“It’s all a bit overwhelming to be honest,” admitted Federer, when he received the Fans’ Favourite award. “I have been around a long time, so I guess that helps. I appreciate all the fans turning up to stadiums around the world. You (the fans) keep me working hard. I am forever grateful.”

In addition, the 32-year-old Swiss was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year for a second time (also 2006) in recognition of his foundation’s support of children in Africa and Switzerland. Since 2003, Federer has won a record total of 27 ATP World Tour Awards.

“It is something very personal on many levels,” said Federer. “I never thought that it would be possible as a young boy to establish a foundation. Arthur Ashe and Andre Agassi inspired me by their example.

“It is 10 years since we established the foundation. We hope to touch one million lives by 2018. It is an honour to receive this award for a second time.”


Andre Silva, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tournament Director, presented Federer the three awards, which were crafted by Tipperary Crystal.

Wimbledon 2013: The Photo Roll

A few snaps from Wimbledon 2013…
Del-Potro ready to pounce
Our Bernie – Tomic in action, through to 3rd round
Serena. On track for more silverware?
42 year old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm celebrates
Out VERY early this year, Federer’s shock defeat. Still can’t get over it..
Tsonga, also out of Wimbledon..
Half German, half Jamaican and plays like something else! This guy is awesome to watch!
The Aussie Fanatics! Oi Oi Oi!
Our gal – Sam Stosur into the Wimbledon third round! Go Sam!

Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt’s 2013 Wimbledon Run

Our guest tennis writer is back! Melinda Samson gives us a bit of a wrap on Lleyton Hewitt’s potential Wimbledon draw…

Will Lleyton Hewitt get the luck of the draw at Wimbledon 2013?

Although Lleyton Hewitt has a current ATP world ranking of 82, on his day, which it has been recently, he is still one of the best players around on grass.
Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002 and is four times champion at the Queen’s Club (2000,01,02 and 06), a major grass court tournament. Since Hewitt’s Wimbledon win only three other players have won the tournament being Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Hewitt’s Form on Grass Courts in 2013
Semi-finalist at the Aegon Championships (Queen’s Club), London
  • 1st round defeated Michael Russell 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
  • 2nd round defeated Grigor Dimitrov (seeded 10) 6-4, 6-3
  • 3rd round defeated Sam Querrey (seeded 6) 7-6, 5-7, 7-6
  • Quarterfinals defeated Juan Martin Del Potro (seeded 3) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
  • Semi-finals defeated by Marin Cilic (seeded 5) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Hewitt’s Grand Slam Form 2011 to Present
At Grand Slam tournaments in recent years, it has to be said that the draw hasn’t often been kind to Hewitt, matching him against top players in the early rounds. Even so, Hewitt has always made his fans proud, running down every ball and never giving up a point lightly.
Here’s a review of Hewitt’s grand slam form over the past few years
2013
  • French Open – 1st round defeat by Gilles Simon (ranked 18) 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5
  • Australian Open – 1st round defeat by Janko Tipsarevic (ranked 9) 7-6, 7-5, 6-3
2012
  • US Open – 3rd round defeat by David Ferrer (ranked 5) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
  • Wimbledon – 1st round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ranked 6) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • French Open – 1st round defeat by Blaz Kavcic (ranked 99) 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3
  • Australian Open – 4th round defeat by Novak Djokovic (ranked 1) 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2011
  • Wimbledon – 2nd round defeat by Robin Soderling (ranked 5) 6-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
  • Australian Open – 1st round defeat by David Nalbandian (ranked 21) 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 9-7
Other than the 2012 French Open Hewitt has only been beaten in Grand Slams, since 2010, by players ranked 21 or higher at the time of the match. During this time only two of these defeats were in straight sets.
If this continues it will likely take a top 20 player to defeat Hewitt at 2013 Wimbledon and in more than three sets.
Let’s just hope he gets the luck of the draw at Wimbledon in 2013 and faces at least one or two low ranked players on the way to the second week.
About the Author
This is a guest article by Melinda Samson aka GrandSlamGal. In 2012 Melinda achieved one of her life goals by attending all four tennis grand slam tournaments in the same year.
If you’re going to Wimbledon this year, or planning to in future, get your Free copy of the Wimbledon e-Companion, full of tips, info and website links to maximise your fan performance.
Great stuff Melinda! Thank you 🙂 ~ theaussieword

Novak Djokovic / Tomas Berdych – 2013 Australian Open!

We all like a bit of a DjokerNovak Djokovic slugged it out with Czech Tomas Berdych on a Rod Laver Arena Quarter Final Tuesday night, running out the winner. Thanks to Kia Australia, theaussieword.com has been front and centre for all the tennis action at Melbourne Park. Novak has been involved in quite a few tennis tussles this week, his match with hard hitting Swiss Stanislaw Wawrinka an epic…everyone talking about the famous Novak Djokovic slippery shoe… Djoker’s fine display of tennis finally prevailed. As for Berdych, his Grand Slam dream is over in Australia. The draw is shaping up nicely – Roger Federer to take on Andy Murray in Friday nights Semi Final. Novak Djokovic to go head to head with Spaniard David Ferrer. What. A. Climax!

Roger Federer – Australian Open 2013!

theaussieword.com has been quite full on with all the local Grand Slam Tennis action at Melbourne Park for the 2013 Australian Open! There’s been some amazing matches, quality tennis, episodes of severe sunburn and some great networking opportunities. A huge thank you to Kia Australia for supporting theaussieword.com and selecting @TheAussieWord to be the official voice of @kiaaustralia on Twitter globally. If you’re on Twitter, head over and tweet us, don’t forget to use the #kiaAO hashtag!

I know how all of you fans love a good visual, so I haven’t left you out – actually, I’ve recorded some footage of the greatest ever tennis player to walk the face of the earth – Mr Roger Federer. See? Nothing but the best for you. xx

If you’re wondering, yes, I got an AUTOGRAPH!



2013 Australian Open – Aussie Player Line Up

theaussieword.com Guest Tennis Blogger Melinda Samson returns for us with a special look at our Aussie player line up for next weeks 2013 Kia Australian Open. Time to get excited Australia! Here are our great Aussie hopes! #AussieAussieAussie – Remember to use the #kiaAO hashtag via Twitter throughout the Australian Open!

There’s been a lot of news coverage on Aussie tennis players Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Ash Barty and John Millman already this year. In total there are sixteen Australians, nine men and seven women, in the main draw of the 2013 Australian Open. Here’s a review of their form from last year’s Australian Open and the start of the 2013 tennis season. Plus their first round opponents at the 2013 Australian Open. 
World rankings are sourced from the ATP for men and WTA for women, both as at 6 January 2013.
Sam Stosur (world ranking 9)
Stosur, along with all her fans, will be hoping she does better at the Australian Open than last year’s first round exit. In 2012 Stosur made the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at the US Open plus two WTA finals at Doha and Moscow.
So far in 2013 she lost to Sofia Arvidsson in the first round of the Brisbane International and was defeated by Jie Zheng, a tricky first round opponent, at the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Kai-Chen Chang in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Stosur has a relatively favourable draw with the possibility to meet fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a quarter-final, second seed Maria Sharapova in a semi-final and first or third seeds Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams in the final.
Marinko Matosevic (world ranking 49)
Matosevic is currently the highest ranked Australian male player. 2013 will be Matosevic’s fourth Australian Open, to date he hasn’t progressed beyond the first round. Kei Nishikori defeated Matosevic in the first round of the Brisbane International. At the APIA International Sydney Matosevic was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Bernard Tomic in round one. Plays twelfth seed Marin Cilic in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Bernard Tomic (world ranking 52)
Current Australian number two Tomic will be competing in his fifth Australian Open in 2013. Based on his form so far this year, a lot of people are expecting him to do well. Tomic showed great form at the 2012 Australian Open, beating Verdasco in an epic first round five set match and following up the win by beating Sam Querry and Alexandr Dolgopolov before being defeated by Roger Federer in the fourth round.
Tomic won all three singles matches in the 2013 Hopman Cup, including a straight sets victory over Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4. Tomic plays Kevin Anderson in the final of the APIA International Sydney, his first ATP event final. He beat current Australian number one Marinko Matosevic, Florian Mayer, Jarko Nieminen and Andreas Seppi to reach the final.
Plays Leonardo Mayer in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. Tomic faces a potentially tough draw with the possibility of Roger Federer in the third round, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in a quarter-final, Andy Murray in a semi-final and Novak Djokovic in the final.
Lleyton Hewitt (world ranking 83)
2013 will be Hewitt’s seventeenth consecutive Australian Open. Hewitt made it through to the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, eventually losing to Djokovic. Hewitt lost to Denis Istomin in the second round of the 2013 Brisbane International. He will play Juan Martin Del Potro in the final of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong, where he defeated Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych to make the final.

Plays eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open. If Hewitt gets through the first round he wouldn’t play a top 4 seed until David Ferrer in a quarter-final.


Casey Dellacqua (world ranking 101)
Dellacqua is well loved since her run to the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open, beating Patty Schnyder and Amelie Mauresmo along the way. In 2012 she lost in the second round to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.
2013 will be Dellacqua’s tenth appearance at the Australian Open. Dellacqua had to pull out of the 2013 Hopman Cup due to injury. Plays Madison Keys in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Matt Edben (world ranking 105)
Ebden played all four grand slam events in 2012, making the second round at both the Australian and US Opens. During the Australian Open he won two sets off Kei Nishikori before eventually losing the second round match in five sets. Ebden lost to David Goffin in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Marcel Granollers defeated Ebden 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Mikhail Youzhny in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Wildcard entries
Ashleigh Barty (world ranking 175)
Barty debuted in grand slam events at the 2012 Australian Open going out in the first round. She also experienced first round losses at last year’s French Open and Wimbledon after receiving wild card entry. Barty has been awarded a wildcard for the 2013 Australian Open.
Barty replaced the injured Casey Dellacqua in Australia’s 2013 Hopman Cup team. In the Hopman Cup singles matches Barty was one set down when her opponent Andrea Petkovic withdrew; lost to Anna Ivanovic 6-2, 6-3 and defeated Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-3.
In the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International Barty was defeated by Mona Barthel 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. Plays APIA International finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Olivia Rogowska (world ranking 113)
In 2012 Rogowska made it to the second round of the Australian Open after three years of going out at the first round. Monica Puig beat Rogowska in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Maria Kirilenko defeated Rogowka in the first round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays a qualifier in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Sacha Jones (world ranking 173)
Jones is making her grand slam debut at the 2013 Australian Open. Nina Bratchikova beat Jones in the second qualifying round for the 2013 Moorilla Hobart International. Plays Kristyna Pliskova in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Jamila Gajdosova (world ranking 183)
2013 will be Gajdosova’s eighth appearance at the Australian Open where she is yet to make it past the first round. In 2010 Gajdosova made the fourth round at both the French Open and Wimbledon.
After beating Roberta Vinci in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International Gajdosova lost to Lesia Tsurenko in her next match. Gajdosova defeated Romina Oprandi in the first round of the Moorilla Hobart International. This was followed by victory over Olga Govortsova. She was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by eventual finalist Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals.
Plays Yanina Wickmayer in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
John Millman (world ranking 199)
Millman will debut in grand slam events at 2013 Australian Open. After beating Tatsuma Ito in the first round of the Brisbane International Millman succumbed to Andy Murray in three sets in the second round. Millman beat Tommy Robredo in the first round of the APIA International Sydney 6-3, 6-4 before losing to Andreas Seppi 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Plays Tatsuma Ito in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
James Duckworth (world ranking 209)
In 2012 Duckworth made the second round of Australian Open, his only men’s singles grand slam event to date, going out to Tisparevic in four sets 3-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. Duckworth lost in the second qualifying round of the 2013 Brisbane International to Igor Kunitsyn. In the first round of the APIA International Sydney Denis Istomin defeated Duckworth 6-7, 6-4, 7-6.
Plays Ben Mitchell in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
John-Patrick Smith (world ranking 244)
The 2013 Australian Open will be Smith’s first singles grand slam event. Denis Kudla defeated Smith in the first qualifying round at the Brisbane International. Smith was defeated by Joao Sousa in the final round of qualifying to the main draw of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Joao Sousa in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Ben Mitchell (world ranking 327)
Mitchell earnt a wild card entry to the main draw with victory in the Australian Open December Showdown beating Matt Reid in four sets.
2013 will be Mitchell’s third Australian Open. Best singles performance is the first round. Mitchell lost in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International to Marcos Baghdatis. Alex Bolt defeated Mitchell in the first qualifying round of APIA Sydney International.
Plays James Duckworth in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Bojana Bobusic (world ranking 331)
Bobusic won the women’s Australian Open December showdown beating Monique Adamczak 6-1, 6-3.
2012 was Bobusic’s debut at the Australian Open going out in the first round. Bobusic lost to Alize Cornet in the first round of the 2013 Brisbane International after making it through qualifying. Plays Radwanska in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Luke Saville (world ranking 349)
Saville’s only grand slam appearance to date is the 2012 Australian Open, where he was defeated in the first round. John Millman defeated Saville in the first qualifying round of the 2013 Brisbane International. Tatsuma Ito beat Saville in the first qualifying round of the APIA International Sydney.
Plays Go Soeda in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.
Possible Qualifier
An eighth Australian woman, Arina Rodionova, may also make the draw if she wins her final qualifying match against Maria Joao K.

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