1. Australian Open Final: Historic First Title for Novak Djokovic

    A brilliant tournament had a brilliant final.In a match that had all the atmosphere of a Davis Cup tie, Novak Djokovic has won the 2008 Australian Open 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 over a brilliant but error-ridden Jo-Wilfried Tsonga...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about over 6 years ago 1,168 reads 3 comments

  2. Australian Open: Maria Sharapova Menaces Her Way to Grand Slam Title

    The hard nose that Maria Sharapova developed when she was sent from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old to train under Nick Bollettieri has been on display for all to see at this year’s Australian Open...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about over 6 years ago 1,148 reads 7 comments

  3. Australian Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Stings Rafael Nadal in Semi-Final Stunner

    One of the perks of working as a cub reporter at a bi-weekly newspaper a few hours outside Melbourne was the ability to cover the main warm-up tournament to the junior Australian Open...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about over 6 years ago 1,843 reads 6 comments

  4. Australian Open: Wicked Witch Federer Ousts Blake

    According to ancient legend, the witching hour is the time when supernatural forces are at their greatest. Referenced in literature ranging from Shakespeare to JK Rowling, it is the time when ...

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  5. Australian Open: James Blake Borrows Hope from Big Blue

    Like his beloved New York Giants, James Blake just keeps marching on.No one expected him to still be here in the second week of the Australian Open, much less the last standing American in the men's draw...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about over 6 years ago 727 reads 0 comments

  6. Australian Open: Tough Week Ends in Tears for Marcos Baghdatis

    The game is not the same for Marcos Baghdatis.In 2006, just two short years ago, Baghdatis came to Melbourne Park as a smiling 21-year-old for whom tennis was sheer joy...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about almost 7 years ago 867 reads 0 comments

  7. Australian Open: Federer Dodges Bullet in Five-Set Epic

    So we were right, and we were wrong.A sell-out Saturday night crowd had crammed into Rod Laver Arena in keen anticipation of a match widely predicted to give the Australian Open a hitherto unseen pulse...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about almost 7 years ago 1,586 reads 4 comments

  8. Australian Open: Baghdatis-Hewitt Promises To Be a Thriller

    The Australian Open finally has the match that could very well light the fuse on this middling tournament. Thus far the event has followed a very predictable script—the favorites have almost all managed to stay alive...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about almost 7 years ago 751 reads 0 comments

  9. Australian Open: Ominous First-Round Cakewalk for Roger Federer

    Roger Federer has opened his defence of the Australian Open with ease and devastating efficiency.When the world No. 1 walked onto the court at Rod Laver Arena last night for his Australian Open ...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about almost 7 years ago 588 reads 0 comments

  10. Australian Open: A Test of Tennis' Integrity

    It's January in Melbourne, and as the international tennis circus rolls into town one can be assured of the seasonal recurrence of at least four questions:Can Federer do the Slam?Will Hewitt ...

    Neil A. Hickey Written by Neil A. Hickey about almost 7 years ago 1,587 reads 0 comments