source: ATPworld tour
The ATP world tour begins this new year with unprecedented tennis action as the first Grand Slam takes place starting on January 19th until February 1st, 2015. This top tournament will be played on outdoor hard courts at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.
This year the Australian Open will be the 103rd edition of the tournament and it consists of both men’s and women’s singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event.
Additionally, there will be singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which is part of the Grade A category of tournaments, and also singles, doubles and quad events for men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.
Some of the top players that have already confirmed their assistance to the Grand Slam are: defending champion fourth ranked Stan Wawrinka, world number one Novak Djokovic, the Swiss Master Roger Federer currently ranked in second place, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, and other known names like: Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, and Milos Raonic.
The following is the ATP world ranking as of 2015: Men´s Singles
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points won||Points After||Status|
|1||1||Novak Djokovic||11,405||360||10||11,055||First Round vs|
|2||2||Roger Federer||9,875||720||10||9,165||First Round vs|
|3||3||Rafael Nadal||6,585||1,200||10||5,395||First Round vs|
|4||4||Stan Wawrinka||5,370||2,000||10||3,380||First Round vs|
|5||5||Kei Nishikori||5,025||180||10||4,855||First Round vs|
|6||6||Andy Murray||4,675||360||10||4,325||First Round vs|
|7||7||Tomáš Berdych||4,660||720||10||3,950||First Round vs|
|8||8||Milos Raonic||4,575||90||10||4,495||First Round vs|
|9||10||David Ferrer||4,145||360||10||3,795||First Round vs|
|10||11||Grigor Dimitrov||3,645||360||10||3,295||First Round vs|
|11||13||Ernests Gulbis||2,455||45||10||2,420||First Round vs|
|12||Feliciano López||2,130||90||10||2,050||First Round vs|
|13||16||Roberto Bautista Agut||2,110||180||10||1,940||First Round vs|
|14||Kevin Anderson||180||10||First Round vs|
|15||17||Tommy Robredo||2,015||180||10||1,845||First Round vs|
The 2015 Australian Open draw will be covered through a live stream Friday morning in Melbourne and on the Australian Open website, with 2014 winners Wawrinka and Li Na in attendance. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the top seed at the Australian Open, bidding to win the title for the fifth time after his three-year reign was ended in the quarter-finals last year by Stan Wawrinka.
Second seed Roger Federer is also looking to win the Melbourne crown for a fifth time, with his most recent triumph coming in 2010 (d. Murray). The Swiss opened his 2015 ATP World Tour season by claiming his 1000th match win with victory at the Brisbane International last week (d. Raonic).
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Wawrinka round out the Top 4 seeds. Nadal has finished runner-up on his previous two appearances at Melbourne Park (l. to Djokovic 2012), but lifted the trophy in 2009 (d. Federer). source: atpworldtour.com
Here are a couple of very interesting videos of the latest news on the upcoming Australian Open: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqlnF96zTyg
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