With a little under six weeks to go before the 2015 Australian Open, anticipation is mounting for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Australian-open-live.com keeps you updated on all the news from the run-up to the Australian Open as the top players engage in intensive off-season training, ready to return to competition fitter and hungrier than ever. The site also shows readers how to stream all the action from Australia live online for free.
Fresh from leading Switzerland to victory in the Davis Cup final, defending champion Stan Wawrinka faces stiff competition to defend the title he won in such sensational style in 2014. Four-time champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, the two best players of the past season, both have their sights set on a fifth title in Melbourne while 2009 champion Rafael Nadal has resumed practicing after appendix surgery and stem-cell treatment on his back, working hard to be fighting fit for the first Grand Slam of the year as he aims to prove that he is still a force to be reckoned with on hard courts.
Andy Murray, currently engaged in a training bloc in Miami, will return to the courts in 2015 with a streamlined team led by Amelie Mauresmo and a new clothing sponsor after ending his deal with adidas and with his back surgery now well and truly behind him, the three-time Australian Open finalist could be set to reclaim his place among the ‘Big Four’ and reassert his dominance over the ATP World Tour’s younger challengers – Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Nick Kyrgios.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki have all been entertaining huge crowds in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but matters will turn deadly serious as they return to Melbourne. Five-time champion Serena Williams leads the Australian Open draw but former champions Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will have their sights set on the crown.
The breakthrough stars of 2014, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard, are out to prove that they belong at the very top of women’s tennis while Ivanovic and Wozniacki must demonstrate that their career resurgences are for real – and don’t take your eyes off 2014 Australian Open semifinalist Agnieszka Radwanska, who has added legendary champion Martina Navratilova to her coaching team.
The run-up to the Australian Open begins on Sunday 4 January with two weeks of intensive tournament competition before the first Grand Slam of the year kicks off on Monday 19 January and all the best matches are available to watch at Australian-Open-Live.com.
Australian-Open-Live.com boasts a team of experienced tennis journalists who cover the tour all year round and are known for providing up-to-the-minute news and insight on their website as well as across social media outlets. Readers can expect to be kept up-to-date with all the latest from the tournament at all times.
See the schedule for the Australian Open here: http://www.australian-open-live.com/category/australian-open-news/australian-open-2015-dates-when-is-the-2015-australian-open-20141207-0001/
Find out how to stream the Australian Open here: http://www.australian-open-live.com/category/live-streaming/