Melbourne Summer Series

Cracking Start: Barty Wins Yarra Valley Classic

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Australia’s Ashleigh Barty hadn’t played a WTA event in nearly a year until this week. To the casual observer, you couldn’t tell the difference. Sunday afternoon, she started her 2021 campaign off right […]

Muguruza Peaking In Time For Year’s First Major

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Two-time major winner Garbiñe Muguruza has been en fuego all week Down Under as she prepares for the Australian Open, which begins on Monday at Melbourne Park. How hot has the World No. […]

Revenge Is Sweet For Muguruza Against Kenin

WASHINGTON, February 5, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Friday afternoon’s Yarra Valley Classic quarterfinal match between World No. 4 Sofia Kenin and No. 15 Garbiñe Muguruza on a busy Margaret Court Arena was a rematch of last year’s Australian Open final […]

Melbourne Summer Series Is Back On Friday

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Tennis Australia chief executive and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley remained “absolutely confident” that the year’s first major, the Australian Open, will start on Monday. That’s after 507 people (including players, coaches, […]

Pandemic Changed Muguruza’s Way Of Thinking

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) This week’s Melbourne Summer Series of tournaments – including three WTA 500-series events taking place simultaneously at Melbourne Park, site of next week’s Australian Open – has provided an unusual circumstance for many […]

Plenty Of Familiar Names Remain Down Under

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) On Wednesday at Melbourne Park, the fields for two of the three WTA 500-series events were pared down to the last eight. After four straight days of competition – and with less than […]

Not The Birthday Angelique Kerber Expected

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) Imagine you’re Angelique Kerber, the former World No. 1 from Germany, and you’ve just landed in Melbourne, Australia, after a long flight. You’ve had great preparation and you have great expectations for 2021. […]

Johanna Konta: ‘It’s Nice We Have Something To Play’

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2021 (by Michael Dickens) British No. 1 Johanna Konta was asked on Sunday to describe how important it is to her to get some good matches in during the Melbourne Summer Series week ahead of the Australian […]

This Week On The ATP Tour – CW05

STARNBERG, January 31, 2021 For the first time since last February, Nick Kyrgios is set to return to action this week at the Murray River Open at Melbourne Park. The 13th seed has long enjoyed competing at home, and he […]

Melbourne Summer Series: Halep, Williams To Hit The Court Tomorrow

MELBOURNE, January 31, 2021 (Press Release) The biggest ever lead-in week to the Australian Open officially kicked off at Melbourne Park today, with two WTA 500 events – the Yarra Valley Classic and Gippsland Trophy – launching the Melbourne Summer Series.  Tomorrow Serena Williams takes on Melbourne […]