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Getting Ready For The Oz (Part 3 With A Bit Of Picspam)

Some play warm-up tournaments to get some matches in just the week before the first Grand Slam of the season, others get ready by playing exhibition tournaments, and the rest (those who are not nursing injuries, of course, a sad reality these days) is practising and getting familiar with the courts in Melbourne, or fighting to earn a spot as qualifiers if they are not already in the main draw.

 

For the last two days, the Australian Open has given us a lot to watch when it comes to players’ training sessions (and much, much more!), on both the men’s and women’s fields. Their daily practice video summaries are now part of my wake-up routine in the morning:

 

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So, the top players have been getting ready for a few days in order to be familiar with the courts, the balls, the weather (colder than usual these days in Australia), everything in order to gain maximum preparation to fight for the first tennis Grail of the season.

 

From four-time champion Roger Federer, to defending champion and World no 1 Novak Djokovic, as well as 2009 champion Rafael Nadal, 2010-11 runner up Andy Murray, 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Argentine David Nalbandian (who looks really nice with his new clothes!), many have been seen practising.

 

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Even though Melbourne is not as hot and sunny as usual, there is still lots for the tennis fans to see.

 

The draw…

The draw will take place shortly, at 6 PM ET, and I’m really anxious to see who will fall where. Friday the 13th in Australia already. The draw ceremony will be streamed live on the Australian Open Website and you can be sure that, despite the fact that some really interesting second-round qualification matches will be played at the same time, I will follow with attention, and live tweet, of course. A full draw analysis will, of course, be in order within the next few days.

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