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Tennis Australia's New Venture Capital Arm Follows NFL's Lead

As the Australian Open begins, SwingVision, a real time video analysis tool, will be replaying some of the tournament's best matches and highlighting its most unforgettable moments thanks to an AI technology created by a former Tesla engineer. SwingVision's courtside presence isn't an accident. The company is the first investment of Wildcard Ventures, the venture […]

Australian Open Women
Australian Open Women's Draw Offers Promise of Breakthrough Winner

Sportico is proud to partner with The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a student-run organization dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management. Unlike the men's side, which has seen only three unique champions in the last decade at the Australian Open, the women's tour has had eight different players raise trophies in Melbourne. Likewise, of […]

With Djokovic Out, Australian Open Invites a New Men
With Djokovic Out, Australian Open Invites a New Men's Champ

Sportico is proud to partner with The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a student-run organization dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management. The Australian Open, ensconced in turmoil and controversy over Novak Djokovic's immigration status, still promises to be one for the history books with many competing storylines. Djokovic, deported after the country canceled his […]

Players rally around
Players rally around 'legend' Novak Djokovic as security set to be tightened for Australian Open

The tennis world rallied around Novak Djokovic on Sunday following his extraordinary deportation from Australia which came just hours before launching his attempt to become the most successful men's player in history.

Without Novak Djokovic, 2022 Australian Open offers a great chance for
Without Novak Djokovic, 2022 Australian Open offers a great chance for 'Next Gen' to prove they can compete

Last year's US Open signalled a changing of the guard in tennis, and not only because of Emma Raducanu's shock victory. It was also the first major won by one of the 'Next Gen' of male players.

Djokovic Deported on Eve of Australian Open, Flies to Dubai
Djokovic Deported on Eve of Australian Open, Flies to Dubai

The No. 1 men's tennis player and defending Australian Open champion won't be appearing in this year's Open, which will begin on Monday. Novak Djokovic, whose visa to enter Australia was twice canceled over an 11-day stretch, lost his appeal to the Federal Court on Sunday. He complied by flying to Dubai. In a statement, […]

Opinion: Naomi Osaka
Opinion: Naomi Osaka's 'optimistic' return to tennis has been overshadowed by Djokovic drama

There's some irony in Naomi Osaka's return to tennis being overshadowed by Novak Djokovic's off-court deportation drama at the Australian Open.

Analysis: Novak Djokovic
Analysis: Novak Djokovic's legal loss is loss for Open, fans

Novak Djokovic's loss in a court of law is also a loss for the Australian Open, a loss for tennis fans and a loss for the sport as a whole. Setting aside, for a moment, everything that led to his deportation from Australia on Sunday - a fundamentally hard-to-fathom reason for any athlete to be forced to sit out any event - who wouldn't want to see the player who dominated men's Grand Slam tennis in 2021 competing for what would be a historic title to begin 2022? Unaccustomed to defeats on a big stage, especially lately, he could have pursued his 10th trophy at Melbourne Park, which would break his own record, and his 21st overall from all major championships, which would break the men's...

Novak Djokovic faces deportation, out of Australian Open
Novak Djokovic faces deportation, out of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic's hopes of playing at the Australian Open were dashed after a court dismissed the tennis star's appeal against a deportation order.

What next for Novak Djokovic - and how will Australia deportation mess affect his legacy?
What next for Novak Djokovic - and how will Australia deportation mess affect his legacy?

Normally, in tennis, you have to miss more than just a couple of shots to be eliminated from a tournament. Yet while Novak Djokovic may have dodged the needle, he can't stop getting in his own way.

Murray hopes for no repeat of Djokovic saga
Murray hopes for no repeat of Djokovic saga 'mess'

Andy Murray hopes the "mess" which has resulted in tennis world number one Novak Djokovic being told he is to be deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open will not be repeated.

Five men to watch at the Australian Open
Five men to watch at the Australian Open

The absence of nine-time champion Novak Djokovic, deported in humiliation after a visa saga and courtroom drama, leaves the Australian Open men's draw wide open.

Novak Djokovic vs Australia: a story of trashed reputations
Novak Djokovic vs Australia: a story of trashed reputations

Novak Djokovic has lost his judicial review against the cancellation of his visa and is being deported from Australia.

TIMELINE: Djokovic
TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open

Novak Djokovic's attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before Djokovic was scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times. The Australian government twice canceled a visa held by the 34-year-old from Serbia and Djokovic's lawyers appealed twice.

Djokovic bid for tennis history over for now - and perhaps forever
Djokovic bid for tennis history over for now - and perhaps forever

Novak Djokovic has never hidden his craving to be remembered as the greatest men's tennis player of all time, but his chance to make Grand Slam history is over for now -- and perhaps indefinitely.

Novak Djokovic - brooding, divisive tennis great with fiery temper
Novak Djokovic - brooding, divisive tennis great with fiery temper

Novak Djokovic grew up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia but emerged to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN:  No Djokovic; Nadal, Barty in action Monday
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: No Djokovic; Nadal, Barty in action Monday

There are separate day and night sessions with the featured matches played at the main 15,000-seat Rod Laver Arena and the 7,500-seat Margaret Court Arena. The women's singles final is Jan. 29 and the men's singles final is Jan. 30; both are scheduled to begin at about 7:30 p.m. local time in Melbourne (3:30 a.m. EST in the U.S.). With COVID-19 cases increasing by the tens of thousands each day in Melbourne and the rest of Victoria, state government officials late last week placed a cap of 50% attendance, and all fans must be double vaccinated and show proof.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' after Australian court rejects appeal and confirms his deportation

Novak Djokovic is to be deported from Australia and will not compete in the Australian Open after a Federal court rejected his appeal on Sunday evening, local time.

Djokovic given Australian Open night opener if he wins legal fight
Djokovic given Australian Open night opener if he wins legal fight

Novak Djokovic was listed for a night match on Monday to open his Australian Open title defence, as he awaited a court decision on his appeal against deportation.

Djokovic on Australian Open
Djokovic on Australian Open's Day 1 program, pending appeal

Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play his first-round Australian Open match on Monday night on a Day 1 program announced while he was still in legal limbo. A court hearing for the defending and nine-time Australian Open champion's appeal against deportation ended Sunday afternoon. The Australian government on Friday canceled Djokovic's visa due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.

Barty time? Number one hot favourite to win Australian Open
Barty time? Number one hot favourite to win Australian Open

Ashleigh Barty is hot favourite to win her home Australian Open for the first time when it begins on Monday, but even with Serena Williams absent the world number one faces threats from all angles.

Djokovic back in court to fight deportation from Australia
Djokovic back in court to fight deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic returned to court on Sunday to fight an attempt to deport him. Three Federal Court judges hope to hear the entire case in a single day.

Novak Djokovic detained again, fights deportation before Australian Open
Novak Djokovic detained again, fights deportation before Australian Open

Novak Djokovic was back in immigration detention Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia was moved to higher court.

Adelaide local Kokkinakis wins his first ATP title
Adelaide local Kokkinakis wins his first ATP title

Home favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed the first ATP title of his career Saturday after downing fellow big-server Arthur Rinderknech in three sets at the Adelaide International final.

Australian Open and Djokovic - where the Grand Slam stands
Australian Open and Djokovic - where the Grand Slam stands

Novak Djokovic's hopes of defending his Australian Open title are in severe doubt after he was detained again in Melbourne on Saturday, just two days before the start of the Grand Slam.

Emma Raducanu:
Emma Raducanu: 'Pressure? No - I'm just happy to be at the Australian Open and to have a swing'

Britain's tennis darling Emma Raducanu has no expectations of her Australian Open campaign, she says, but is "just happy to be here and have a swing".

Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev live: Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final
Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev live: Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final

Andy Murray facing top-seeded Aslan Karatsev in his first final since 2019 Scot could lift his 47th title on the ATP tour with victory at Sydney Tennis Classic

Australian Open will be just fine without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal
Australian Open will be just fine without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal

The Australian Open can get along perfectly well without Novak Djokovic, said the 20-time major champion Rafael Nadal, on a day when the world's leading players bemoaned the distractions caused by Djokovic's immigration battle.

Nadal, others on Djokovic saga:
Nadal, others on Djokovic saga: 'Bit tired of the situation'

Rafael Nadal's first Grand Slam match in more than seven months is on the horizon, he is coming back from a painful left foot problem that limited him to one tournament over the last half of last season and he got COVID-19 in December. Ah, yes, the run-up to this Australian Open has been, and seems destined to continue to be, all about Novak Djokovic and his hopes of defending the title at a vaccination-required competition while not being vaccinated against the coronavirus. "The Australian Open is much more important than any player," Nadal said.

Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia
Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia

Novak Djokovic was reported to be back in immigration detention Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for being unvaccinated for COVID-19 was moved to a higher court. A Federal Court hearing has been scheduled for Sunday, a day before the men's No. 1-ranked tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion was due to begin his title defense at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. In television footage, Djokovic could be seen wearing a face mask in the back of a vehicle near an immigration detention hotel.

EXPLAINER: How Djokovic plans to fight deportation in court
EXPLAINER: How Djokovic plans to fight deportation in court

Novak Djokovic won his first legal round against Australian authorities who want to deport him. Djokovic won his court appeal this week against a border official's decision to cancel his visa. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's intervention on Friday to cancel the visa a second time for what Djokovic's lawyers describe as "radically different" reasons pits Djokovic against Australian politics and the law.

Tennis great Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis
Tennis great Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert said Friday she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, saying she decided to share the news in hopes of helping others.

Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert says she has ovarian cancer
Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert says she has ovarian cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer. The 67-year-old Evert revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN. "But I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back."

Australian Open players tire of Djokovic saga -
Australian Open players tire of Djokovic saga - 'no one' bigger than event

Players at the Australian Open were on Saturday growing tired of the Novak Djokovic visa saga overshadowing the opening Grand Slam of the year with Rafael Nadal declaring no one was bigger than the tournament.

Djokovic
Djokovic's final legal battle on Australia deportation opens

Novak Djokovic launched a final bid to avoid deportation from Australia over his anti-Covid-19 vaccine views Sunday as an emergency Federal Court hearing opened on the eve of the Australian Open.

Netflix Orders Tennis Docuseries From
Netflix Orders Tennis Docuseries From 'Formula 1: Drive To Survive' Producer

Netflix is segueing from professional golf to professional tennis in a new docuseries that follows men's and women's pro tennis players throughout four Grand Slam tournaments, Deadline reports. The greenlight for the as-yet untitled series follows Netflix's announcement of a PGA Tour golf docuseries, both from Box to Box Films, producer of Formula 1: Drive […]

Column: Djokovic whiffed on 2 shots, 3 if you count booster
Column: Djokovic whiffed on 2 shots, 3 if you count booster

Djokovic's legal team has appealed Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel the 34-year-old Serb's visa on public interest grounds, but his chances of a second win in court are slim. There are still three more Grand Slam events in three countries with different vaccination rules to navigate this season and who-knows-how many-more tournaments Djokovic will want to play in between. Hawke's decision came down, conveniently perhaps, after a string of embarrassing revelations about how Djokovic behaved after the Dec. 16 positive COVID-19 test that was the basis for his request for a medical exemption.

Australian Open has descended into chaos - and the disruption might just be beginning
Australian Open has descended into chaos - and the disruption might just be beginning

Imagine staging a play where, as the cast assembles for the dress rehearsal, nobody has any idea whether the leading man will even show up. This is akin to the position that Craig Tiley and the rest of the Australian Open team find themselves in.

Opinion: On the verge of deportation from Australia, there are no winners in Novak Djokovic saga
Opinion: On the verge of deportation from Australia, there are no winners in Novak Djokovic saga

Whether Djokovic's on the court Monday for the Australian Open or on a plane home, everyone with a hand in this disaster has already lost.

Serbs dismayed as Djokovic
Serbs dismayed as Djokovic's visa again revoked in Australia

Novak Djokovic's supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time. Australia's immigration minister used his ministerial discretion to cancel the 34-year-old Serb's visa on public interest grounds - only three days before play begins at the Australian Open. Djokovic is the defending champion at the season's first Grand Slam tournament and has won a record nine of his 20 major titles at Melbourne Park.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic's Visa to Australia Once Again Canceled

For the second time since he arrived in Australia to play in the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic has seen his visa canceled. The decision, made by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday, can be appealed in federal court. But if an appeal fails, Djokovic would be subject to deportation. The No. 1 men's tennis player […]

Timeline: The Novak Djokovic visa row that has erupted into one of sport
Timeline: The Novak Djokovic visa row that has erupted into one of sport's messiest scandals

Novak Djokovic faces a race against time to overturn a decision to cancel his visa and win the right to defend his Australian Open title after the immigration minister moved on Friday to have the world's best tennis player deported.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu's new Nike advert decoded - what are the messages she's sending?

Emma Raducanu and Nike have launched an edgy - and somewhat cryptic - major new advert ahead of her first grand slam appearance since the spectacular US Open triumph.

What next for Novak Djokovic: the two options and possible outcomes after Australia visa cancelled again
What next for Novak Djokovic: the two options and possible outcomes after Australia visa cancelled again

Novak Djokovic's visa has been cancelled for a second time and he faces immediate deportation from Australia. Here we look at what could follow.

Andy Murray rallies against Reilly Opelka to reach first ATP final since 2019
Andy Murray rallies against Reilly Opelka to reach first ATP final since 2019

Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour final for more than two years with a three-set win over giant American Reilly Opelka at the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Minister cites
Minister cites 'public interest' in revoking Djokovic's visa

Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr. Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia cancels Djokovic visa again: immigration minister
Australia cancels Djokovic visa again: immigration minister

Australia's government cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time Friday as it sought to deport the tennis superstar after he arrived in the country without a Covid-19 vaccine.

Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes visa again
Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes visa again

Novak Djokovic faces deportation again after the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic's Australian Open bid in doubt again after government cancels visa for second time

Novak Djokovic's title defence at the Australian Open once again looks to be over after immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa.

Krejcikova saves seven match points to reach Sydney Classic final
Krejcikova saves seven match points to reach Sydney Classic final

World number four Barbora Krejcikova saved seven match points to edge an epic third set tie break against Anett Kontaveit and storm into the Sydney Classic final on Friday.


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