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Play is below means at Melbourne Park
Novak Djokovic is gone however, would you imagine it, the world continues to be turning and which means lastly there may be some precise important draw grand slam tennis to speak about. After essentially the most drawn-out, scrutinised and lamentable build-up to a significant tennis match ever, the acquainted tik-tok of tennis balls being hit over a web will lastly take over from the relentless stream of Djokovic takes on, um, TikTok and such like. After all, the shadow solid by the saga very a lot stays over Melbourne Park, and Djokovic will stay a sizzling subject for a while to come back, however at the very least the presence of the likes of Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty on court as we speak will assist return focus to the precise recreation of tennis.
Osaka, the reigning Australian Open champion, kicks off her title defence second up on Rod Laver Enviornment, the place play begins as we speak at 11am native time, midnight within the UK and 7pm in New York. The Japanese returns from a psychological well being break with what ought to be an easy opener in opposition to Colombia’s world No. 53 Camila Osorio. Nadal follows, not earlier than 2pm AEDT, in opposition to Marcos Giron of the US, as the Spaniard begins his bid to to maneuver out on his personal as the winner of 21 grand slams, earlier than girls’s world No 1 and residential hope Ash Barty will get the night session below means in opposition to Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko. Plus lots extra across the grounds all through the day, after all.
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