Jan 15-18, 2018: Tennis titans turning back time at 106th Australian Open
AUSTRALIA - The fans of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will want – and might get – a replay of last year’s final at the Australian Open in Melbourne between the two tennis titans. Both players had a stellar 2017 season, capturing all four Grand Slam titles between them.
After winning the Australian Open to notch up his 18th Grand Slam victory, his first since 2012, Federer went on to claim a record eighth Wimbledon title. Nadal crushed the field on red clay to win a record 10th French Open, and then won the U.S. Open. Over the year Federer and Nadal reprised their glory days of a decade ago, with questions asked about the absence of young players.
The female titans might also turn back time for the tournament. Defending Women’s Singles champion, Serena Williams, now the mother of Alexis, plans to be back for the championship. Just as in the men’s tournament, fans might see a replay of the 2017 final – Serena versus Venus. Venus had a good 2017. She had no grand slam wins, but reached three Grand Slam semifinals in one year. The sisters are both over 35. The younger champions ready to take them on include French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens.