In what one tennis reporter is calling a “Grand Slam” first, play at the Australian Open has been delayed on outdoor courts because of dust.
Outdoor play was originally slated for an 11.30am start, but that was pushed back to 12.30pm, as the clean up continued.
Dust and rain blanketed Melbourne on Wednesday night, with Tennis Australia working ferociously to make the courts safe for play on Thursday morning.
NICK’S SURPRISE BONUS
Nick Kyrgios won’t be thinking about it.
But if he defeats French veteran Gilles Simon this evening he’ll not only progress through to the third round, but reclaim the top Australian men’s ranking.
Kyrgios would jump as high as world No.23 in the live ATP rankings, overtaking Alex de Minaur, who sits at No.24.
Watch over 50 sports LIVE on Kayo! Stream to your TV, mobile, tablet or computer. Just $25/month, cancel anytime. New to Kayo?
Out of the Open with an abdominal injury, de Minaur’s ranking will inevitably slide.
John Millman could also expect a huge rankings surge if he pulls off a huge upset over Roger Federer – something the Australian has done before.
DIRTY TACTICS? TENNIS ROW CONTINUES
A tennis row is brewing over accusations of
In the second set with Wozniacki leading 5-4 after having claimed the first, Yastremska called for the trainer and a medical time out.
Wozniacki wasn’t impressed and after the match suggested the 23rd seed was notorious for pulling such a stunt.
“Yeah, obviously she tried to break my rhythm,” Wozniacki, who went on to win the match 7-5, 7-5 said.
“And at 5-4 I don’t think there is anything wrong. She was running just fine.
“So that’s a trick that she’s done before, and I knew that it was coming.”
After the match, Yastremska was quick to dismiss accusations she’d faked anything and cited a left hip injury that she suffered in the Brisbane International recently, as well as right leg pain that had surfaced during this tournament.
“I took (the time-out) because I felt I needed it,” Yastremska said.
Yastremska’s coach Sascha Bajin, however, weighed in to set the record straight.
“Just to shut some people up and end this useless convo,” he posted.
“Dayana was really struggling since days with her leg, but since y’all are all doctors and coaches you know better then she herself or our whole team who’s working with her.”
MILLMAN’S CHEEKY FED REQUEST
John Millman knows Millmania is alive and well, but he also knows a little something about Melbourne Park’s affinity with Roger Federer.
The Australian said he wanted to follow the lead of countryman Nick Kyrgios and request to not play on Rod Laver Arena for his mouth-watering third-round match with the Swiss champion.
While Rod Laver Arena is the Australian Open’s hottest ticket, Millman knows just how well supported Federer is, especially for those willing to pay the price for Melbourne Park’s premier venue.
But if he managed to convince organisers to switch the 2018 US Open fourth-round rematch away from Rod Laver, Millman believes he could swing the majority of crowd support away from Federer and towards himself.
“I don’t think Craig [Tiley] will take me too seriously. More so just to throw a spanner in the works for Roger,” Millman said.
“I don’t know if he knows the other courts. He hits on the outside ones, but he hasn’t played too many. I don’t know if he would have played too many matches on the outside ones.
SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LIVE BLOG
“Look, I love a vocal crowd. Obviously the matches I played, probably two really special courts, Show Court 3 and Melbourne Arena, are notorious for the crowd support you get there, the vocal Aussies.
“I very much consider myself, and I think the people who know me, know that I’m just your typical Aussie bloke. So I’m one of the people. The people get the ground passes and the people go to those courts.