The draws have been announced for this week's Melbourne Summer Set, which will be played at Melbourne Park from January 3-9. There will be h*t action as three tournaments (one ATP and two WTA) are played simultaneously at the venue.
Melbourne Summer Set - ATP 250 A battle between all Australians is set for the first round of the ATP Melbourne Summer Set tournament, with Jordan Thompson facing his Sydney teammate Chris O'Connell. Although they practice together regularly, Thompson and O'Connell have only played once before at the professional level, at an ITF Futures tournament in Croatia in 2014.
Alexei Popyrin, the highest-ranked Australian in the draw, begins his campaign against Italian Stefano Travaglia . While Nick Kyrgios has faced the Slovak Alex Molcan. The Australian contenders in the men's individual qualifying competition, Marc Polmans and Rinky Hijikata, have been subjected to severe tests in their opening matches of the new season.
Melbourne Summer Set - WTA 250 # 1 World No. 13 and defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka leads the No. 1 draw of the Melbourne Summer Set WTA 250. Three Australians have been awarded wild cards in the main draw : Arina Rodionova, Lizette Cabrera and Seone Mendez.
Four other Australians will take part in the qualifying competition, including 16-year-old West Australian Taylah Preston in her WTA debut. In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Novak Djokovic opened up about his heartbreaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year's US Open.
Nole was not prepared for such a reception
During the interview, Novak Djokovic revealed that he had planned a dinner for his entire team after the US Open final. But the loss left him devastated and he didn't want to go.
“I had a nice team dinner planned for after the US Open final. I was so emotionally wrecked that I didn’t want to go. But everyone cheered me up and I went. Monica Seles called me crying. It ended up being quite a long, emotional night - it eased my mind,” he said.
Djokovic admitted he regretted not letting out his emotions much earlier. The Serb said that an emotional release may not have changed the result of the match, but it would have allowed him to play more freely. “My only regret about the US Open final is I didn’t cry earlier.
I should have let go of all these mixed emotions inside of me earlier. I’m not saying I would have won the match. Daniil was much better on the day. But the action of crying liberated me - just a little too late,” he said.