Australian Open Day One

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Australian Open Day One: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios cruise in the opening day… but it’s bad news for Britain as Katie Boulter crashes out
The Australian Open is now underway after starting three weeks later than usual
A total of 17,922 fans entered the famous Melbourne Park on the opening day
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic started his defence in clinical fashion
Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios also progressed to round 2 with easy wins

The opening day of the Australian Open has come and gone, as 17,922 fans entered the famous Melbourne Park to watch the likes of Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Nick Kyrgios in action.

It marks a successful start to the tennis calendar, which was decimated in parts of 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Indeed, the tournament started three weeks later than its traditional January date, and yes, the likes of Andy Murray are unable to compete having tested positive for covid-19 midway through January.

However, after overcoming an almighty scare, in which 507 players and staff were cleared having been forced to quarantine after a hotel worker tested positive for the UK strain of coronavirus, it’s a blessing to have any tennis on at all.

But for the players, it’s now strictly business, and many of the sport’s top names got their competitions underway on Monday.




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