The Australian Open Revisited (or ‘A Day at the Tennis’)

Paul Spinks enjoys a massive day at the Australian Open – the middle Saturday – the first time he’s been in quite a while. He recounts his experience (includes some supporting pics).

Almanac Tennis: On Court Confessions

Robbo is thinking about tennis and the nature of the game as he turns on the TV to watch the first week of the Australian Open. Here he cites the thoughts of (the late) David Foster Wallace.

Maria got lucky. Why two years wasn’t enough.

Hamish Neal on why two years may have not been enough for Maria Sharapova.

Inner sanctum

Max Wiggins is an old campaigner when it comes to the Australian Open. Here he fills us in on the life of a ballkid.

Once Was Flinders Park

As day one at the Australian Open gets under way, Emma Westwood fondly recalls her love affair with Mats Wilander [as do lots of the ladies – Ed], his army of Nordic supporters and how the Australian Open tennis is inextricably linked to the loss of a friend.

Call For Writers: The 2015 Australian Open Tennis

The 2015 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam begins on Monday, January 19th. As Stanislav Wawrinka gets set to defend his 2014 Mens singles crown and Serena Williams chases her sixth Womens singles title, we want your tennis contributions!

No Sporting Life

Rod Oaten has a tale we can all relate to – what to do once the footy is over?

AFL Round 1- North Melbourne v Essendon: New beginning

Max Wiggins has had a big off season. Australian Open Tennis and trekking in the Snowy Mountains. But he got his rewards from the Bombers last night and on the tennis court today.

Silly, childish and pointless. Yes, but I’ll ‘boo’ if I want to.

In Praise of Booing: Sean Curtain mounts a spirited defence of the much-maligned art. Don’t tell him he can’t boo. It’s the crowd’s right to have a crack.

Kokky in the Back Yard

Another beauty from Kate Birrell. What’s better? The painting or the story? The story or the painting? You decide.

Australian Open : Frank Dancevic v Bernard Tomic

Our Australian Open Tennis correspondent braved his heated imagination to bring you this pictorial report on yesterday’s epic Centre Court battle between Frank Dancevic and Bernard Tomic (or Snoopy as he is affectionately known around the Almanac locker room).

Lazy media days of Summer

Tony Robb reckons media coverage of summer sport is as predictable as “night follows day”. Let us know your favourite media beat-up staple: “best ever pre-season”??

Bonding with Rafa

  by Joey Agerholm Do yourself a favour and Google the following words…. “Federer as Religion Experience by David Foster Wallace” and then read the essay that shows up in the search results. It’s a much better read than this piece will be. He argues a good case, and I’m persuaded, but if watching Roger [Read more]

Standing on the outside lookin’ in

Things have been hectic in the H of S with the tennis rapidly approaching the pointy end of the tournament. Predictably, most of the top ranked players are still in the draw. Perhaps unpredictably, some would argue to the contrary, “our Sam” is not amongst them. This makes Ms Stosur the first seed in women’s [Read more]