MIKE DICKSON: Australian Open is looking like one hell of a gamble

MIKE DICKSON: The Australian Open is looking like one hell of a gamble… Its organisers face the serious issues of guarding against becoming a major spreader and ensuring the wellbeing of players isolated in hotel rooms There are two serious issues facing the Australian Open in the next two weeks

Ash Barty will use the spirit of Cathy Freeman’s Olympic gold medal win to spur her Australian Open title bid

Ash Barty will channel fellow indigenous superstar Cathy Freeman’s approach to handling the pressure of being the world No.1 ahead of the Australian Open. The French Open champion will start an overwhelming favourite for the opening grand slam of the year given her uninterrupted training and avoidance of the COVID-19

Nick Kyrgios slams "tool" Novak Djokovic over Australian Open demands

Nick Kyrgios branded Novak Djokovic a "tool" after the Serbian world No.1 requested a relaxation of quarantine rules ahead of the Australian Open. Outspoken Aussie Kyrgios also took aim at Bernard Tomic's girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra, over her "ridiculous" complaints about the living situation in the hotel where players are accommodated.

Wild twist in Australian Open ‘prison’ furore as tennis star claims he was victim of leak

World number 13 Roberto Bautista Agut has apologised for comments he made comparing hotel quarantine in Australia to prison. But in a wild twist the Spanish star says they were part of a private conversation that was leaked to the media. Tennis journalists are now speculating whether Agut, 32, is

Australian Open boss rejects players’ explosive accusation

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has rejected accusations from disgruntled tennis stars that organisers changed the rules about hotel quarantine at the last minute. After positive COVID-19 cases were detected on three flights carrying players to Melbourne for the year’s first grand slam, 72 competitors were deemed “close contacts”

Australian Open: Two people on chartered flight test positive for coronavirus

Two people on a chartered flight for the Australian Open have tested positive for Covid-19, local health authorities said. Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement on Saturday a crew member and an Australian Open participant who is not a player have been taken to a

COVID-19, quarantine woes crush Andy Murray’s Australian Open

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray said he had decided against competing in the Australian Open after failing to find a “workable quarantine” following his recovery from the coronavirus. Murray has finished his period of self-isolation and had hoped to compete in the first grand slam of 2021 in Melbourne.

Stunning call to cancel Australian Open

A Victorian MP has delivered a fairly bold ultimatum to Premier Daniel Andrews as a fifth positive coronavirus case linked to the Australian Open was confirmed. Speaking with 2GB on Monday, Liberal MP Tim Smith accused the State Government of double standards for welcoming international players to the event while

Ashleigh Barty apologises for not wearing a mask in Melbourne supermarket

Australian world No.1 Ashleigh Barty has apologised for not wearing a mask in a Melbourne supermarket. Barty was spotted at a Coles on Thursday in Melbourne without the face covering, with rules in Victoria dictating masks must be worn at all times while shopping. Ashleigh Barty has vowed to “be