The return of two maestros Downunder!

As the Australian Open starts today in Melbourne, it is great for the the Men’s game that both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are amongst the entrants. Both had injury plagued seasons last year. Between them, they have won a staggering 31 major titles and both are adamant that they can add to that amazing haul and neither has any plans to retire quite yet.

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Nike sticks with Maria Sharapova

Tennis start Maria Sharapova was recently hit with a two-year ban by the International Tennis Federation, but Nike is sticking with the sexy Russian player even as other brands have distanced themselves from her. It’s an interesting move by Nike as it’s showing loyalty that might help them with other athletes.

Andy Murray in High Spirits Ahead of Grand Slam Double-Header

They say that behind every good man there’s a good woman, and in Andy Murray’s case that certainly seems to be true.

The Scottish star married his long-term partner Kim Sears in April in a ceremony in his hometown of Dunblane.

The holy matrimony has coincided with Murray’s best ever form on clay, and not content with picking up his first ever trophy on the surface in April’s Munich Open, he followed that up with victory in the recent Madrid Masters too – dismantling Rafael Nadal, one of the game’s greatest ever players on clay, in straight sets.

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Ana Ivanovic defeats Venus Williams

Tennis Hottie Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams her first WTA Tour title in more than two years. This battle of former #1 players ended with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory for Ivanovic in the Auckland Classic giving her some momentum heading into the Australian Open.

For you viewing pleasure we’ve posted this lovely photo of Ana from her Twitter account.

USA Await Rejuvenated GB in Davis Cup

Great Britain’s sensational victory over Croatia that saw them return to the Davis Cup World Group for the first time since 2008 means they will play the United States away in February.

An Andy Murray-inspired win against a strong Croatia line-up has now given the chance for Britain to take on Jim Courier’s US side, in a clash that sees the two original Davis Cup nations face off for the first time since 1999.

The last time Britain played at the top level of the tournament, they lost 4-1 to Argentina, but there have been some significant improvements under Leon Smith’s captaincy and the team will know they have a chance of defying the tennis odds on betfair.com, as long as Murray recovers from his back injury in time.

It will be the first time the US and GB have been drawn against each other since 1999, when the United States won a thriller 3-2. And while GB have spent time outside the World Group in recent years, the USA have featured in the first round every year since 1989, falling at the quarter-final stage in this year’s tournament at the hands of finalists, Serbia.

US captain, Courier, is not short of options when naming his team, able to call upon the likes of John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, and the best doubles team in the world, the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike. And Courier has admitted he is looking forward to the prospect of coming up against the British next February.

“Great Britain will be a challenging and exciting opponent for us,” said the former world number one, according to the betfair website. “It’s going to be memorable to have the two original Davis Cup nations face off again for the first time since the competition’s Centennial Celebration in 1999.”

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