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Australian Open day 2 live protection: Start time, order of play and latest scores

It has been a night session of mixed results for Australians at Melbourne Park.

Nick Kyrgios was doing everything you’d expect from Nick Kyrgios – and then some.

He raced through his opening set with Liam Broady, with the highlight being an incredible between the legs serve early in the match.

However, the news hasn’t been as good for Alex de Minaur, who is a set down to Lorenzo Musetti.

The biggest surprise has been Storm Sanders, who has taken the first set against women’s number two seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Sanders grabbed the all-important break while leading 6-5 in the opener.


Aus Open 2022 – Snapshot



At times Liam Broady has been playing little more than a bit-part role in The Kyrgios Show – but he won the crowd over after receiving a piece of advice from the crowd to go underarm with his serve, and responding with a baulked attempt that had everyone at John Cain Arena, including Kyrgios, in stitches.

– Joe Barton


Storm Sanders is three games away from pulling off one of the craziest Australian Open upsets of all time.

The 17-year-old, who is currently ranked 128 in the world leads the number two seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 3-2, with a break in the second set.

This would be an upset on monumental proportions.

Sanders has never been ranked inside the world’s top 100.


Nick Kyrgios has raced through the opening set of his match with Liam Broady, showing far too much power for the qualifier.

Kyrgios broke the Broady serve at his first opportunity and never looked back – crushing service winners at will.

The big question now is, can he maintain this amazing level?

Nick Kyrgios hit an insane 'tweener serve and is dominating Liam Broady
Camera IconNick Kyrgios hit an insane 'tweener serve and is dominating Liam Broady Credit: Supplied


Welcome back, Nick.

What a wild start we’ve had to this match, which has had a little bit of everything – from tweener serves, return winners, 220km bombs, a bit of cheek and a lot of noise.

And of course, Nick Kyrgios the entertainer has been at the heart of everything. Liam Broady, his opponent who was booed as he walked onto the court, is at best a bit-part player in this on-court theatrical.

Kyrgios broke the Brit in the opening game – cupped his hands to the crowd and exclaimed ‘I’m back’ – and never looked back, with a mindblowing opening service game of his own.

The Aussie sent Broady flying backwards with a monstrous serve at the body. His rival responded by moving a few steps back and giving himself more time. Kyrgios’ solution? A tweener underarm serve, of course.

Kyrgios leads 3-1.

– Joe Barton


Andy Murray has done it the hard way against Georgian Nikolaz Basilashvili, advancing to the second round in a five set epic.

With the crowd behind him a John Cain Arena, Murray went set for set with his opponent in the 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 triumph.

Basilashvili came back from 1-4 down in the final set to bring it to 4-4, but Murray was able to snatch the break, despite a gallant effort from Basilashvili, who saved two match points on his serve.

“It’s amazing. It has been a tough, tough three, four years,” Murray said.

“Put in a lot of work to get back here. I played on this court many times. The atmosphere is incredible. I have always had fantastic support. This is the one where I thought potentially I had played my last match three years ago, but it is amazing to be back winning a five- set battle like that. Couldn’t ask for any more.”


John Cain Arena is already packed out in anticipation for Nick Kyrgios’ first-round contest against qualifier Liam Broady.

The court, which is the Aussie firebrand’s favourite to play at in Melbourne Park, is able to be accessed by all members of the public, and it is already full.

Unlike previous years, fans are able to virtually queue up via a QR code, but Aussie tennis fans hoping to find seats at this late stage may be left disappointed.

Those who have filed in early have been treated to a cracking prelude, with Andy Murray’s clash with Nikolaz Basilashvili deep into the fifth set.


Nikoloz Basilashvili has given us an early contender for the worst serve of the Australian Open.

The Georgian skied a serve off the frame against Great Britain star Andy Murray, with the ball flying high into the air at John Cain Arena.

And it’s not the only ridiculous serve he has had in the past week.

At the Sydney International, Bashilashvili managed to hit the net chord and record a let, with the ball bouncing fortuotously into the service box at a right angle.

It’s one for the career highlights reel for Hubert Hurkacz.


Following the dramatic Novak Djokovic visa saga, Tennis Australia has released the following statement.

You can read it in full below:

“Australian Open 2022 has now commenced, and our priority has always been to put on one of the world’s greatest sporting events and ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for all our players, the fans, and the community.

“The Australian Open is a showcase of Melbourne and Australia and much loved by players from all over the world.

“Tennis Australia has been working closely with both the Federal and Victorian government for the past year to deliver a COVID safe Australian Open for the players, staff, and fans.

“Embarking on a major international sporting event during a global pandemic that continues to evolve and challenge us all, is profoundly demanding for all stakeholders.

“The board and Member Associations commend the Tennis Australia CEO and the entire Tennis Australia team for their hard work and dedication to delivering a spectacular summer of tennis.

“As the Australian tennis family, we recognise that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players.

“There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation and implementation to inform our planning – as we do every year. That process always starts once the Australian Open champions have lifted their trophies.

“Australia has a strong and proud tennis tradition, and it has been fantastic to see the crowds out cheering for the world’s best players in the lead up to and over the opening days of the Australian Open.

“We, like the players, and all tennis fans here and around the world, are keen for the focus to now be on the game we are all so passionate about.

“We are looking forward to a brilliant two weeks of tennis ahead.”


There aren’t many more talented players on the tour than Grigor Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian has always played some of his best tennis at Melbourne Park and that continued today with a four set win over Jiri Lehecka.

But does he also have a future role as a movie critic?

Fresh from his win today, Dimitrov was asked if he has seen the upcoming movie on Serena and Venus Williams called King Richard.

“I saw quite a bit of it before, like way before,” he said.

“I wanted to watch it actually with them actually. But we’ll get the chance I think very soon hopefully when I head out to the States.

I’ve always admired when somebody does something like this, but I think also the timing is just perfect to do it, in a way how the whole idea came about and why they did it and so on.

“I wanted to come to the premier actually. I couldn’t make it unfortunately.

“But what all of them have been able to do, including her other sisters, I think the whole family is honestly pretty amazing.

“I for one would love to do something like that one day, whether it’s a documentary or a movie or whatever it is, but I would be very happy to try to do something similar.”


Fan favourite Andy Murray is closing in on a place in the second round.

The multiple Grand Slam winner leads Nikoloz Basilashvili two sets to one.

Murray was in hot form coming into this year’s event, reaching the final of the Sydney International last week.


It has been a tough start to 2022 for Aussie Jordan Thompson, who has had his Australian Open campaign come to an early end.

The 27-year-old came up short in a brutal five-set loss to American Steve Johnson.

Thompson led two sets to one but couldn’t finish the job, with Johnson taking the final two sets 6-3 6-3.


Back on Rod Laver Arena for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final defeat to Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev fired his opening warning shot to rivals at this year’s tournament.

The Russian world No.2 scorched his way to a 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Swiss veteran Henri Laaksonen, who grew into the match after a horror first set, to start his campaign off on the right foot.

He wasn’t at his absolute gun-slinging best, but still set centre court alight with a blistering 23-minute first set – rattling off six straight games after being broken in the opening game.

From there, Laaksonen found his range and his serve and no longer was it the cakewalk that most would have foreshadowed after the brutal opening half hour – but Medvedev was clinical in finding his path to victory.

The result takes him on the path to avenging last year’s defeat to Djokovic, even if his fierce rival jumped on a jet plan out of Australia on Sunday.

Reminders of Djokovic are dotted around Melbourne Park in the form of promotional posters – a constant reminder of what the tournament is missing, but for Medvedev they should serve only as a daily reminder of what a tremendous opportunity he has to nail a second grand slam title to add to his US Open title from last year.

“I like pressure. Definitely last year started well here in Australia, won ATP Cup, made the final here,” Medvedev said.

“It’s a really important tournament for me, I like playing here, I like hardcourt. I’d like to do better than last year but it’s not easy.”

In front of a sparse crowd at Rod Laver Arena, that couldn’t have hit 15 per cent of its capacity when the match commenced in the early afternoon on Tuesday, Medvedev showed enough to suggest that he is a worthy favourite.

At times, he produced a frightening display of cleanly hit ground strokes and the sort of tenacious defence that lifted him to last year’s Australian Open final.

But there’s more to come – with the winner of unpredictable Australian star Nick Kyrgios and Briton Liam Broady waiting for him in the second round.


Former world number one Simona Halep laboured into the Australian Open second round Tuesday after an error-strewn clash with Poland’s Magdalena Frech which saw 11 service breaks.

The fit-again Romanian 14th seed came into the Grand Slam full of confidence after her first title in 16 months at the Melbourne Summer Set tournament this month.

But she struggled to find her groove against the 102nd-ranked Pole before banking the win 6-4, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena to keep her dreams of a third major title alive.

“I found it so difficult today, I was unsure if I could play good tennis,” she said.

“But in the end I won and that makes me very happy. Hopefully this week I can play better and better.”

Halep, the runner-up in 2018 to Caroline Wozniacki and semi-finalist two years later, is on her way back after a truncated 2021 season when she struggled with calf and knee injuries.


Jordan Thompson will have to do it in five sets to become the fifth Australian to win at Melbourne Park on day two.

American Steve Johnson claimed the fourth set 6-3 in 33 minutes, after Thompson won two consecutive sets.

An enthralling fifth set awaits on Court 3. Let’s go Thommo!


Maddison Inglis is the latest homegrown giant killer on what’s been an incredible day for the Aussies at Melbourne Park.

The Perth product defeated last year’s US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-2 in a stunning upset, becoming the fourth Aussie to salute on day two.


— Joe Barton

Daniil Medvedev has produced a frighteningly good first set to steamroll Henri Laaksonen to kick-start his Australian Open.

The world No.2, and clear men’s favourite in the absence of Novak Djokovic, opened his tournament to a mostly empty Rod Laver Arena – and hardly jumped out of the gates, as he was broken in the opening game.

But from there it was one-way traffic as the Russian superstar broke his Swiss rival three times to win the next six games and take the first set in just 26 minutes.


JUST IN: Men’s No.8 seed Casper Ruud has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to an ankle injury just an hour out from the Norwegian’s first-round match.

Ruud said: “I’m not at 100% and this is the best decision”. He will be replaced by Roman Safiulin, who enters the main draw as the fifth lucky loser.

The withdrawal is good news for Aussie Alex De Minaur, who was set to meet Ruud in the third round.


Nick Kyrgios says he’s no guarantee to play at the Australian Open in 2023.

As he prepares for his AO 2022 push, Kyrgios says his mind isn’t made up about playing tennis next year.

“I’m not Bernard Tomic, and I won’t give you some outrageous bulls***,” Kyrgios told the Herald Sun when asked how many AO campaigns he has left in him.

“I’ll be honest and say I’m going to soak up every moment of this AO. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year’s time.

“But that’s the journey,” Kyrgios said. “I know my personality, I know how unpredictable I feel, I know I live spontaneously.I don’t know what I’ll be doing in a year.”

He added: “People are learning to respect that’s just my personality. It might be unorthodox, and not professional in some people’s eyes to live like that as an athlete, but it’s just who I am. It’s a fun way to live. Spontaneous.

“At the end of my career, at the end of my life, no-one can say I didn’t have fun, and I didn’t do it my way.”

Kyrgios, promoting his television and online projects with Uber Eats, said he plans to “walk around this AO, embrace every little moment, every feeling, the nerves, walking out on the court, and soak it all in.”

He also urged his mate Thanasi Kokkinakis, who won the Adelaide International at the weekend, after a horror run of injuries and illness, to do the same, and soak it all in.

“I’ve been on the phone with (Kokkinakis) the last couple of days,” Kyrgios said.

“As someone who’s seen him struggle through a lot of injuries, and setbacks … there were periods where he was going to give it away. It took him to dark places.

“For me, as a close friend, to see the success he’s having, it makes me happy. To do it in front of his home crowd, in Adelaide, it’s a special moment for him.

“I just really hope soaks it up,” Kyrgios said.

2:16pm HON OUT

— Marc McGowan

Queenslander Priscilla Hon was unable to repeat her Adelaide heroics, going down 6-2 6-3 to Czech 31st seed Marketa Vondrousova.Hon upset Vondrousova’s countrywoman and dual Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova two weeks ago in Adelaide, in a performance that earned her a wildcard.


She’s done it!

Stosur has made up for a slow start to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 as her final slam continues.

Moments later, Australian wildcard Tom O’Connell took out his match against Hugo Gastin 7-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.


Let’s go!

O’Connell and Sam Stosur are on the path to victory, with both Aussies up a break as they approach a second round berth.

Wildcard O’Connell is up 3-1 in the fourth set, having won the first two sets over Frenchman Hugo Gaston.

Meanwhile, Stosur is 4-2 up in the third set and is looking a much improved player since dropping the opening set.


The huge fist pump said it all! Sam Stosur is back in her first round match of her final grand slam — but it didn’t come without some nervous moments.

Serving for the set, 37-year-old and her opponent American wildcard Robin Anderson went to seven deuces , before Stosur — finally — put the lengthy game to bed, taking it out 6-3.

Can she take that momentum into the decider?


Aussie Daria Saville has gone down in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to her Swedish opponent Rebecca Peterson as her frustrations spilled over.

Nearing the end of the second set, Saville sat down and threw her racquet into the bench at the change of ends and appeared to have some words for the chair umpire.

Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been knocked out in straight sets as her form slump continues.


Dayana Yastremska is never from controversy and she has been up to her usual tricks at the Australian Open, bowing out in the most controversial of ways.

The world No. 144 was up against American Madison Brengle in round one – a match whihc should have been hers for the taking.

Trailing 6-1 0-6 5-0 in the final set, having already had a toilet break and a medical timeout, Yastremska retired.

Why didn’t she just finish the match I hear you ask.

It’s a good question. One working theory is she didn’t want to suffer a double bagel.

Never far from controversy, Yastremska made headlines for all the wrong reasons 12 months ago after travelling to Australia depite being banned for testing positive to a banned substance.

Her gamesmanship has often been questioned – even by her peers with Caroline Wozniacki once accusing her of faking an injury.


It’s Australia Day at the Open with players 15 in action.

Hasn’t started all that well but there is time for it to build!

Daria Saville is a set down in her clash against Rebecca Peterson (2-6) while Sam Stosur is battling back on the Kia Arena.

Stosur, contesting her final Aus Open, is back at 4-4 in the first having trailed 4-1.

Come on Sammy, one more big one!


Of course it’s been edited, but it’s too good not to share.

In the annual Australian Open game of Guess Who, a brilliant editing job has been done to the Novak Djokovic video.

Andy Lee, the face of the game, is sat opposite the world No 1 as their game gets underway.

It takes Lee just one question to ascertain he is Djokovic.

“Do I have a legitimate reason to stay in the country?” Lee asks as Djokovic looks uncomfortable.

After a long pause, comes the answer. “No.”

As Lee flips down the players on his board only to be left with one, the Serb flies into a rage and throws the game and table across the room.

Just to be super clear, this video has been edited and is for entertainment value only!


By Joe Barton

There are plenty of Australians in action at Melbourne Park today – and the home fans will be in full voice trying to get more local hopes into the second round.

But just what impact can a rowdy home crowd have?

Based on the evidence of Monday’s matches, it can be good and bad.

Ashleigh Barty would’ve beaten Lesia Tsurenko whether the match had been played in Kiev or Mars, let alone on Rod Laver Arena, but in the men’s draw John Millman and Thanasi Kokkinakis had vastly differing reactions to the boisterous crowds.

While Millman grew an extra leg with the support of the fans at Margaret Court Arena, Kokkinakis struggled mightily against German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann – who later said the Australian was “taken off guard” by the vocal nature of the crowd.

“Unbelievable feeling because the walk in on the court was something I think maybe in soccer matches you have it sometimes, but this was a much smaller court and the atmosphere that the crowd brought today was incredible,” Hanfmann said.

“I mean, I walked on court and I asked Thanasi ‘what the hell is going on here?’. And I think even he was a bit taken off-guard.”

Kokkinakis was rolled in straight sets, an inglorious first-round exit from a talented baseline warrior who picked up his first Tour-level title in Adelaide last week and arrived in Melbourne with great expectations.

Millman, however, secured his first grand slam victory in 17 months – with the backing of the Melbourne locals.

His opponent, Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, appeared to become frustrated as fans made noise between serves but later praised the atmosphere that was created.

Certainly Millman appreciated it.

“Hopefully I can get a bit of a rowdy crowd and a crowd that gets behind me in my next one (against Alexander Zverev),” he said.

Nick Kyrgios openly says he plays for the fans, rather than necessarily just for titles or personal success, and is sure to whip up a frenzy on John Cain Arena tonight when he opens his tournament against Brit Liam Broady.

One things for sure – he won’t be overwhelmed by the occasion. The People’s Court is his arena.


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It’s been a tough few weeks for anyone caught up in the Novak Djokovic saga.

The world No 1 aside, perhaps TA CEO Craig Tiley has copped a hellish few months, years in fact.

Track back to midway through 2020, the world is in the grip of a pandemic and as the lead organiser of a grand slam, people want answers. What’s going to happen?

2021 Aus Open was in doubt, but Tiley and his team pulled it off. It was miraculous given the hoops they had to jump thorugh.

And now the last few months. The pandemic continued and new laws came into play which would impact who could come.

Tiley’s still standing.

He’s got the sympathy of the playing group and the support.

Alexander Zverev gave him a shout out last night (Monday).

“I think Craig Tiley has lost, I think, a few years of his life over the last two years,” he said.

“But is doing an incredible job. I mean, to make the event happen last year when the country was completely closed, and to make it happen this year again is one hell of an effort. I think he deserves a lot of credit.”


Djokovic might be back home but the blame game over the visa debacle continues.

Jim Courier has come out firing this morning, firmly in defence of Craig Tiley who has not been heard from in a fair while.

Speaking to Ch9, Courier said: “Tennis Australia did their job. Their job is to try and help the players gain entry to the tournament. Tennis Australia is not the government. They do not issue visas.

“They do not allow players to cross borders so I don’t know that you can lay this at the feet of Craig or Tennis Australia.

“Their job is to work this wonderful tournament thrive. Unless some underhanded things happened which we’re not aware of, which I highly doubt, knowing Craig and his integrity. I don’t think there is any more fault to be laid at the feet of Tennis Australia.”


Jelena Dokic was moved to tears during her interview with Ash Barty on Monday night, but what was it that moved her so much?

The former player turned commentator was charged with interviewing the world No 1 after her first round demolition of Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, and it was clear how much the moment meant to Dokic.

“I want to first congratulate you on your Wimbledon win. I think I speak — not I think, I’m sure — I speak for everyone here, everyone in Australia, around the world, particularly myself — thank you,” Dokic said.

“You gave us so much joy watching that last year. You made us so proud. I get goosebumps right now. I just want to hug you but I can’t.

“There are no words to describe what you’ve done so thankyou for that.

“Now I’m going to lose all my questions.”

Dokic nailed the interview and earned wide praise for wearing her heart on her sleeve.

Barty too was faultless both in her match and interview.


We all love a tennis tantrum right? I missed this one yesterday in all the mania, but it’s a cracker. In fact there’s a lot to unpack from this match involving Aus Open 2021 semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev.

Not known for emotional or rage-filled outbursts, the Russian star smashed a ball into the crowd (likely went out the rood and landed somewhere on Rod Laver Arena), smashed a racquet and copped code violations in his first round, near five-hour epic against Spain’s Jaume Munar.

That’s not all. The match stats are EYE POPPING.

En route to the second round, Karatsev hit 107 unforced errors and 87 winners compared to his opponent’s 24 winners and 35 unforced errors.

I suppose the only offering of assurance one can give him (besides the fact he didn’t lose) is that I’m reliably informed that six years ago, Novak Djokovic also hit 100 UEs on his way to a 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win against Gilles Simon in the fourth round.

So there’s that.


Italian Matteo Berrettini battled stomach cramps and frequent trips to the toilet before winning his way through to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The seventh seed held on to beat American Brandon Nakashima in a three-hour-10-minute struggle 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena.

Berrettini, who lost to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon final, called the trainer after losing the opening set but rallied to take the match in four sets.

Berrettini scrawled “Imodium grazie!” on the courtside camera lens after completing his victory, but not until after making three emergency toilet breaks during the match.

“I’ve been feeling sick with my stomach, let’s say that,” Berrettini said. “It was really hard to play, especially the third and fourth set.”


It’s day two of the tennis and day 15 of the Djokovic debacle. Plenty of news to get to on both fronts.

Here the snapshot:

Djokovic is back in Serbia where he got a heroes welcome

Djokovic’s participation at other slams is in doubt after new vaccine mandate laws brought in

Djokovic is facing the prospect of losing sponsors


Aussies had a great day 1

Barty is in scary good form

Kyrgios plays today as do 8 other Aussies

Tournament favourite Medvedev gets his campaign started today as well.



Day session – From 11:00am AEDT

Women’s Singles • Round 1

C. Burel

G. Muguruza 3

Women’s Singles • Round 1

I. Swiatek 7

H. Dart Q

Men’s Singles • Round 1

H. Laaksonen

D. Medvedev 2

Night session – From 7:00pm AEDT

Women’s Singles • Round 1

S. Sanders WC

A. Sabalenka 2

Men’s Singles • Round 1

M. Ymer

S. Tsitsipas 4


Day session – From 11:00am AEDT

Women’s Singles • Round 1

D. Saville WC

R. Peterson

Men’s Singles • Round 1

A. Rublev 5

G. Mager

Women’s Singles • Round 1

S. Halep 14

M. Frech

Night session – From 7:00pm AEDT

Men’s Singles • Round 1

L. Musetti

A. De Minaur 32

Women’s Singles • Round 1

S. Stephens

E. Raducanu 17


Day session – From 11:00am AEDT

Women’s Singles • Round 1

P. Kvitova 20

S. Cirstea

Women’s Singles • Round 1

A. Kontaveit 6

K. Siniakova

Day session – Not before 3:00pm AEDT

Men’s Singles • Round 1

N. Basilashvili 21

A. Murray WC

Day session – Not before 7:00pm AEDT

Men’s Singles • Round 1

L. Broady Q

N. Kyrgios

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