Australian Open, 2015

Australian Open, TV Schedule

By DownTheTee | August 31, 2021

Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of east coast time. DownTheTee recommends wearing two watches. One set to your local time, the other to Oz time. Once someone notices your two watches, conversations will sprout the way tennis balls bounce on a court. 2015 Australian Open TV Schedule (All times Eastern Standard)  Sunday, Jan. 18  …

Djokovic Wins Australian Open & Best Actor Award

By DownTheTee | February 1, 2015

By Jane Voigt Novak Djokovic won it in a big way. His fifth Australian Open title, and his 8th Major overall. But it wasn’t without scars.  Serving up a Sunday-evening bagel to Andy Murray in the fourth set, the match completely mirrored their 2013 final.  Today’s score, of course, does not tell the whole story: 76(5) 67(4)…

Serena Wins Australian Open A Record 6th & 19th Overall

By DownTheTee | January 31, 2015

By Jane Voigt Serena Williams has again staked her claim in tennis history, by winning The Australian Open a record 6th time. The crown upped her overall major singles titles to 19, and puts her one ahead of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Steffi Graf tops the list with 22.  Women’s tennis, tennis and all sport may never…

What about the good stuff?

By DownTheTee | January 29, 2015

By Jane Voigt Chilly hand shakes. Players robbing camps of coaches. Kim Sears, Andy Murray’s fiancé, caught on camera in a foul-mouthed rant. Please!  What about the good stuff? Andy Murray did more for women in sports today since Billie Jean King took Sugar Daddy Bobby Riggs to the woodshed forty-one years ago in the “Battle of…

Lousy Attitudes, Foul Mouths

By DownTheTee | January 27, 2015

By Jane Voigt As tennis fans excitedly wait for Wednesday matches at The Australian Open, which headline three American women in the quarterfinals, and the 2014 men’s champion attempting to push his way to the semifinals, here are a couple observations about yesterday’s clashes.  Ekaterina Makarova (No. 10) defeated Simona Halep (No. 3), 64 60Simona…

American Women Shine at Australian Open

By DownTheTee | January 25, 2015

By Jane Voigt No American man will play the round of 16 at The Australian Open for the fourth consecutive year. But, the women? Four. That’s Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Madison Keys, and Madison Brengle.  For an American tennis industry craving more, this is a bright moment. Two of the women — Madison Keys and Madison…

Week One in Melbourne

By DownTheTee | January 24, 2015

By Jane Voigt Sport journalists grade players every day. Their commentary and analysis are views of how favorable or unfavorable a tennis player, football player or cricket player has done in their sport.  So how did our players Down Under fare in week one? Top Half of the Men’s Draw, round of 16Scan down the…

Slump Down Under, Federer Out

By DownTheTee | January 23, 2015

By Jane Voigt The Australian Open is an odd Grand Slam.  It’s the first major of the year.  It’s located far far away from, well, everything. It’s summer Down Under when everything above the equator freezes and people walk like robots under grey domed skies.  But do these observations explain how the draw looks, as…

Near Misses, Cramps, and Electronic Racquets

By DownTheTee | January 21, 2015

By Jane Voigt Rafael Nadal was saved by the seat of his pants today as Tim Smyczek, a qualifier and Wisconsin native, came mighty close to becoming the first qualifier ever to beat the Spaniard at a Grand Slam. Maria Sharapova saved two match points against another qualifier, Alexandra Panova. Per her usual gritty style, Maria…

Unexpected Upsets & Unexpected Triumphs

By DownTheTee | January 19, 2015

By Jane Voigt If The Australian Open’s Women’s singles draw was a stock exchange, buyers and sellers would have lost big on day one. Eight seeds fell or 50% of the high-ranking players on one side of the draw.  Ana Ivanovic, No. 5, had won 58 matches in 2014, the most on the WTA. She also…