Published: Sun, January 19, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Novak Djokovic splits with coaching team member hours before Australian Open encounter

Novak Djokovic splits with coaching team member hours before Australian Open encounter

"It's quite satisfying to get a victory in the final (in Auckland)". Tsitsipas played semis here previous year. Williams, who is seeded eighth, is scheduled to face Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation in the day's second match in Rod Laver Arena, after defending champion Naomi Osaka takes on Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, and before Roger Federer meets Steve Johnson of the U.S.

In one of the most highly anticipated fixtures 15-year-old Coco Gauff will go toe-to-toe with tennis veteran Venus Williams in the first round.

All courts and all matches from the Australian Open are live and exclusive on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.

And it made her the first woman in the professional era with at least one title in four decades: the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s.

Serena Williams signed her initial signature deal with Nike in 2004 and has since had a series of signature shoes and apparel.

"I felt that I needed some rest, some, I would say, restart".

The plumes of smoke have led to poor air quality measurements being recorded, with some people being advised to stay indoors to avoid the potentially hazardous air. Smoke that reached the tournament site affected some players during qualifying last week, but has been dissipating.

Serena Williams' candidacy for the 24th female singles record title begins at the Australian Open on Monday.

During their time working together, Djokovic went on to win three Grand Slam titles-Australian Open 2018, 2019 and US Open 2018. Djokovic sits third with 16.

Mental and emotional maturity: the "big three" have it and perhaps the next generation of tennis stars simply don't. And eventually, some younger player will assert himself.

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With this kind of quality and depth, no one is flying under the radar headed into the first Grand Slam of the year.

"These include Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime or possibly also Daniil Medvedev".

Medvedev will get an early test of his title credentials in a tough opener on Tuesday against American Frances Tiafoe, a quarter-finalist previous year. If the Belgian coach - who has guided Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, and Angelique Kerber before - can help her find her consistency again, the Japanese could be a big threat on the hard-courts. 23rd seed Dayana Yastremska, the 19-year-old who was the runner-up in Adelaide, has teamed up with last year's winning coach Sascha Bajin and could be a dark horse as well. "But she is a very quick learner with everything she does".

But the Japanese then endured a slump, exiting in the first round of Wimbledon and seeing her US Open defence fall flat.

Serena Williams of the USA and Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

But the cheer that customarily reigns has been replaced this year by anxiety over the bushfires that have ravaged parts of Australia and dispatched smoky air toward Melbourne Park, where several players complained of breathing problems last week.

"Actually I've been a bit anxious about it", she said.

The Australian Open doubles competition will see some notable comings and goings.

Expectations are high for the 21-year-old Tsitsipas, who stunned Federer last year en route to the Melbourne semi-finals before making a breakthrough by winning the season-ending ATP Finals in London - the youngest to do so since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001.

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