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Australian Open players call for extreme heat policy to be re-evaluated

MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – Great tennis from Tennys Sandgren in win vs. Stan Wawrinka

9:42 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Johanna Konta departs Australian Open after stunning upset

MELBOURNE, Australia — Outplayed and outmaneuvered, ninth seed Johanna Konta suffered her earliest ever Australian Open exit Thursday when she was beaten 6-4, 7-5 in the second round by unheralded American Bernarda Pera, a 23-year-old who only made it into the draw as a lucky loser. Her stunning defeat leaves only Kyle Edmund to carry British hopes in Melbourne, with Andy Murray, who flew home today, recuperating after hip surgery. A semifinalist on her debut two years ago and a quarterfinalist last year, Konta had come into the event under…

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Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem advance at Australian Open

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic extended his personal streak against Gael Monfils to 15 consecutive wins with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory at the Australian Open in which both players slouched and crouched over in the shade at the back of the court between points. The win was a relief for Djokovic, who says he’s still not 100 percent after six months off the tour with an injured right elbow and who lost in a second-round shocker here last year. Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – tennis

9:31 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Five facts about the fast-rising Marta Kostyuk

Roger Federer is on an eight-match unbeaten run at the Australian Open but there is one 15-year-old Ukrainian who is on a longer winning streak at the year’s first major. Guess who? Marta Kostyuk. The girls’ champion at the Australian Open last year, Kostyuk beat Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday to enter third round — and take her unbeaten streak to 11 at the Grand Slam. She will next face fourth-seeded countrywoman Elina Svitolina. Here are five lesser-known facts about the fast-rising Kostyuk: * World No. 522 Kostyuk advanced…

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Australian Open – Why Caroline Wozniacki is at peace on the tennis court

MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki walked into a small interview room at Melbourne Park, relaxed and with a big grin on her face. It was impossible to miss the diamond on her finger glistening under the light. Wozniacki is recently engaged. You could say she is just as engaged on the court. In the past 18 months, Wozniacki, who topped the world rankings at the end of 2010 and 2011, has risen quickly from a low point of 74 in August, 2016 to her current mark of No. 2. Depending…

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ICYMI at Australian Open – tennis

6:55 AM ET Niall Seewang Close ESPN Associate Editor Niall is an award-winning journalist who discovered from an early age he had more to offer watching and writing about sport than playing it. He joined ESPN Australia/New Zealand after a four-year stint at AFL Media having previously worked as a sports journalist at newspapers in Albury, Melbourne and Hobart. Jake Michaels Close ESPN Assistant Editor Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1. He joined ESPN Australia’s team in June, 2013. MELBOURNE,…

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Australian Open – Petra Kvitova keeps perspective after heartbreaking loss

MELBOURNE, Australia — Her spirit was there and her mind willing, but her body could not quite get her over the line. Petra Kvitova‘s comeback to the Australian Open ended in the first round Tuesday with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 loss against Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova, who missed last year’s event, served for the match twice but to no avail. The effects of a recent fever and lingering cough were perhaps factors down the stretch. But if anyone is likely to be able to put a loss in perspective, it is…

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Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios a role model? You’d better believe it

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios a role model? You read those words right. The Australian Open is notorious for its share of surprises, with players often a bit undercooked at the start of the year. But this one is a doozy. For most of his career, Kyrgios has been labeled the bad boy of tennis; his on-court behavior resulted in a three-week ban (reduced from three months) at the end of 2016, and he has been fined multiple times over. Venus Williams, a finalist last year, is out of the…

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