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Alex Bolt awarded Australian Open wildcard

South Australia’s Alex Bolt has been awarded a wildcard into Australian Open 2018, as excitement builds around the first Grand Slam of the year. Bolt was told the good news by Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“It’s the perfect Christmas present for me, a wildcard into the Australian Open,” Bolt said. “I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Tennis Australia for the opportunity to play another Australian Open, it’s an amazing feeling to have a wildcard into the main draw. 

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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios to launch Tie Break Tens in Melbourne

Tie Break Tens, an exciting new tennis format, will debut in Australia on Wednesday 10 January, just days before Australian Open 2018.

Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios along with six other male players will battle it out at Margaret Court Arena (MCA) for $250,000 in prize money and the coveted Tie Break Tens trophy. 

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Destanee Aiava and Alex De Minaur win Australian Open wildcards

Seventeen-year-old Destanee Aiava (Narre Warren, Vic) and 18-year-old Alex De Minaur (Sydney, NSW) have been awarded Australian Open 2018 wildcards after winning the AO Play-off finals in Melbourne today. Aiava defeated fellow Victorian Tammi Patterson 6-4 6-0 while De Minaur overcame Alex Bolt (SA) 6-2 6-4 6-7(1) 6-1.

“I just wanted to … keep building and building momentum and keep firing my shots with confidence. That worked out well,” Aiava said after being presented with her player accreditation by Australia’s Fed Cup Captain Alicia Molik. 

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Victoria Azarenka awarded Australian Open wildcard

Victoria Azarenka will be awarded a wildcard into Australian Open 2018. Tournament Director Craig Tiley confirmed today that every assistance would be provided to the former champion in order for her to compete at the event where she has achieved her greatest success.

“Vika’s current situation is obviously very difficult for her and we have reached out to offer any support we can. As a two-time Australian Open champion we’ve awarded her a wildcard and look forward to seeing her back on court in Melbourne in January.”

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Eugenie Bouchard to make Hobart International return

Canadian superstar and fan favourite Eugenie Bouchard has been awarded a wildcard into the Hobart International in 2018. The former world No.5 stormed into the Hobart International final in her 2016 debut and is looking forward to being part of the tournament’s 25th celebrations in January.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Hobart in 2018 and am really appreciative of the tournament for giving me a wildcard,” Bouchard said. “It will be great preparation for the Australian Open, hopefully I’ll get a lot of good court time just like I did when I made the final in 2016. Hobart is a beautiful city and the support I received in my last visit was amazing, so I’m looking forward to seeing all my Tasmanian fans again too.” 

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Fourlis wins Australian Open 2018 wildcard

Eighteen-year-old and world No.322 Jaimee Fourlis (Preston, Vic) has been awarded an Australian Open 2018 wildcard after winning the 18’s Girls’ Australian Championships today.

Fourlis won an epic three and a half hour battle against fellow Victorian, world No.153 Destanee Aiava, 6-7(4) 7-6(1) 7-5, at Melbourne Park today. 

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Nadal and Muguruza named 2017 ITF World Champions

The ITF announced today that Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have been named the 2017 ITF World Champions. Nadal receives the honour for the third time, while it is the first year Muguruza has been recognised. This is the first time since Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport in 1998 that the men’s and women’s ITF World Champions are from the same country.

In their first seasons together, Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, and Chan Yun-Jan of Chinese Taipei and the recently-retired Martina Hingis of Switzerland are named Doubles World Champions. 

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