This Week In Tennis
For more comprehensive coverage of press interviews from the fortnight of tennis, visit the Australian Open website.
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We're checking in midway through the 2017 Australian Open, a tournament marked by the shocking upsets of Djokovic, Murray, and Kerber, as well as the Old Guard (Federer, Venus, Nadal) reminding us that they're still here. We do close reads of a few matches, take another look at Novak's slump, share our frustrations about cerain American players and commentators who should move on.
1:15 Old Guard re-asserts itself, plus upset shockers
3:40 Venus Williams is feeling herself
8:50 Nadal def. Zverev, in what could be a tide turner for Rafa
15:30 Djokovic stunned by Istomin - what's up with Novak?
24:15 Andy Murray goes out to Mischa Zverev
30:15 Grandpa Roger is back, beats Berdych and Nishikori
33:20 Johanna Konta is playing great tennis, will face SW
35:00 Ashleigh Barty reaches 3rd round in singles, beats Hingis/Coco in doubles
37:00 The Bad: Trump-supporting, early-losing, badly behaving American men
44:00 A digression on politics
50:15 Also Bad: TV Commentary
54:30 John McEnroe is mean, hypocritical, and obsessed with demeaning Nick Kyrgios
59:45 Kyrgios' press conference and our shifting feelings
65:20 Looking at some potentialities/possibilities of the second week (including a vocal performance from Jonathan)
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol. 2
For these and other stories, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps last week's tennis action through news reports, player tweets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts. In addition, this volume with prepare you for the upcoming fortnight of Grand Slam tennis.
- Johanna Konta continues to sizzle in the early parts of the 2017 season, backing up her quarterfinal run in Shenzhen with a championship effort in Sydney. The top ranked Brit is now 8-1 on the new year.
- In Auckland, Jack Sock captured the second ATP title of his career. The second ranked American rises three spots to crack the top 20 for the first time in his career, just one spot behind his countryman, John Isner, at #19.
- A qualifier and champion in Hobart, Elise Mertens surges into the WTA top 100 at #82 after winning the first title of her career.
- Gilles Muller won the first ATP Tour title of his career in Sydney. The 33-year-old from Luxembourg also rises to a career-high #28 in the latest ATP rankings.
- Maria Sharapova announced the location of her return to the WTA Tour following her drug suspension. The former world #1 will make her first appearance in Stuttgart, site of three of her 35 WTA titles.
- Nadia Petrova and Jarmila Wolfe announced their respective retirements from tennis.
The 2017 Australian Open begins Sunday in Melbourne, with Serena Williams once again in search of Slam title #23. Williams has two main targets this fortnight: surpass Steffi Graf (with whom she's tied for second on the all-time list), and reclaim her top ranking from Angelique Kerber. Meanwhile, Roger Federer returns to Grand Slam action having missed the 2016 U.S. Open. Currently ranked #17, Federer shut down his season after Wimbledon last year to rehab nagging injuries.
Check out the singles draws below as well as some of the more intriguing first round matches on offer at Melbourne Park.
2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN DRAWS
FIRST ROUND MATCHES TO WATCH
Raonic vs Brown
Lopez vs Fognini
Djokovic vs Verdasco
Nadal vs Mayer
Dolgopolov vs Coric
Paire vs Haas
Sock vs Herbert
Cilic vs Janowicz
Mladenovic vs Konjuh
Bacsinszky vs Giorgi
Konta vs Flipkens
Siniakova vs Goerges
Riske vs Brengle
Vinci vs Vandeweghe
Bouchard vs Cirico
S. Williams vs Bencic
This Week In Tennis
Season 2, Vol. 1
Week One Winners: Grigor Dimitrov & Karolina Pliskova (Brisbane), Novak Djokovic (Doha), Roberto Bautista Agut (Chennai), Katerina Siniakova (Shenzhen), Lauren Davis (Auckland)
As always, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the tennis action through news reports, player tweets, featured articles, rankings, and podcasts.
- Karolina Pliskova showed no signs of slowing down after a breakout 2016 campaign, losing one set on her way to the Brisbane title.
- Grigor Dimitrov claimed his 5th career title, and first since Queen's Club in 2014, when he overcame Kei Nishikori in the Brisbane final.
- Novak Djokovic survived five match points against Fernando Verdasco in the Doha semifinals before besting Andy Murray in a three-set final.
- As for Murray, you can refer to him as Sir Andrew Barron Murray after the Scot received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.
- Katerina Siniakova won the first WTA event of her career, beating Simona Halep, Johanna Konta, and Alison Riske on her way to the Shenzhen title.
- Lauren Davis beat Ana Konjuh to take the title in Auckland.
- Roberto Bautista Agut snared the fifth title of his career, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-4 in Chennai.
- Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic won the Hopman Cup for France
- Rafael Nadal, winner against Milos Raonic the week prior in Abu Dhabi, was unable to do so again against the world #3 in the Brisbane quarterfinals.
- Watch: Venus Williams' Kiwiana carpool, a Kiwi version of Carpool Karaoke. The elder Williams stuck around in New Zealand for a few days after withdrawing from the ASB Classic following her first round win.
- Serena Williams followed Venus Williams out of the Auckland event on the same day, losing in three sets to Madison Brengle.
- Roger Federer made his return to tennis last week, partnering with Belinda Bencic to represent Switzerland at the Hopman Cup. Federer lost his singles match in three sets to Alex Zverev.
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands supplants Sania Mirza as the WTA #1 in doubles.
- Francesca Schiavone announced her plans to retire after the 2017 season.
- Since we've been gone: Ivanovic announced her retirement, Serena Williams got engaged, Victoria Azarenka had her baby, and Peta Kvitova suffered a horrific attack that will sideline her for at least six months.