The motion on the Australian Open could also be restricted however it’s not missing in drama with a prime seed slamming her opponent and threatening motion over a hand gesture. FOLLOW LIVE
It’s kicking off on Margaret Court docket Area with Greek star Maria Sakkari threatening to name the primary umpire on court docket due to her opponents mouth.
Having dropped the primary set against Russian Diana Shnaider, Sakkari was understandably rattled however it’s the continuous screams and fist pumps which are actually grinding her gears.
“If she screams yet one more time, yet one more time in my face,” Sakkari mentioned to the chair umpire.
“If she screams yet one more time in my face, I’m going to name the referee.”
In a bid to calm the state of affairs, the chair umpire insisted the screams and fistbumps weren’t aimed on the Greek.
“I don’t assume it’s to you,” he mentioned.
Sakkari was having none of it.
“No, no, no,” she mentioned. “She’s coming in direction of me.”
In equity to Shnaider she had simply held serve from 0-40 and saved 3 set factors so a good few causes to fist pump.
A sigh of reduction little doubt from the Netflix crew additionally given absolutely the bloodbath of their stars within the early rounds.
2:14PM MASSIVE SCHEDULE SHAKE-UP
By Ed Bourke
The Australian Open’s scheduling disaster will roll into one other day after greater than a dozen doubles fixtures had been cancelled on day three of the event.
Play on the skin courts won’t start till at the least 3pm Wednesday because of persistent rain, after excessive warmth introduced matches to a halt on Tuesday.
No scheduled singles matches have been dominated out from continuing on Wednesday however the males’s and ladies’s doubles attracts have been affected on their first day, with 14 matches cancelled by 2.20pm.
The fourth and fifth matches for the day have been scrapped on the skin courts, with an additional day match added to the three indoor courts.
It’s understood doubles video games will proceed to be postponed to later days to maintain the singles attracts on observe ought to delays proceed.
Thanasi Kokkinakis is among the many gamers who’re but to renew their matches suspended on Tuesday, with the big-serving South Australian main Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2, 4-2.
1:45PM TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO FALLEN STAR
You’d be forgiven for lacking Jessica Pegula’s touching tribute to Damar Hamlin.
Discreet however oh so significant the American star, whose hopes of a maiden grand slam title had been handed an additional increase after her second spherical victory in Melbourne, sported a quantity 3 patch as a nod to the injured Payments security.
Pegula’s mother and father personal the Buffalo Payments a membership that made headlines on the finish of 2022 when Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest mid-match and lived to inform the story.
The world quantity three wore a black quantity 3 — Hamlin’s jersey quantity — in a white circle on the waistband of her skirt.
On the finish of her opening spherical demolition of world No 143 Jaqueline Cristian, Pegula signed the digicam “Go Payments #3” and added a coronary heart.
1PM TV RATINGS FLOP: CH 9 SLAMMED FOR DJOKOVIC SNUB
One other day and one other scores hit for Channel 9’s protection of the Australian Open with a 28 per cent fall year-on-year for day 2.
Warmth and rain suspending performs all through the day and night time classes will likely have impacted viewing figures, however maybe the larger query is the community’s choice to not present Novak Djokovic’s opening conflict on both channel.
As an alternative of the 9-time champion’s Rod Laver match, 9 opted to point out Alex De Minaur, Alexei Popyrin and Thanasi Kokkinakis of their opening encounters.
The choice infuriated followers who took to social media to vent their fury and it confirmed within the day by day numbers launched on Wednesday morning.
Mixed classes for the primary channel present a 28 per cent lower on 2022 which when additional damaged down equate to a 26 % drop within the night time session and 31 % for the day.
9 ultimately switched their Gem channel to point out the Djokovic conflict after Kokkinakis v Fognini was rained off.
In some excellent news for the printed large, day 2 did pull in a much bigger viewers than The Chase and Residence & Away – which is an enchancment on day 1.
12:40PM MOODY MUZ TAKES AIM
Briton Jamie Murray, a prime doubles participant and brother of Andy Murray, hit out at Wednesday’s schedule being launched so late on Tuesday night, which meant some gamers went to sleep not realizing once they would begin.
“11 am begin on exterior courts. Gamers arrive approx 8-830am,” he mentioned on Twitter. “Schedule launched 1130pm. Unfair.
“On prime of that the climate is crap. Simply begin matches later and provides gamers extra relaxation/prep time. You could have lights!”.
We now have the primary results of the day with world No 1 Iga Swiatek by means of to the third spherical.
At present we solely have play on the three showcourts, with Sakkari v Shnaider and Sinner v Etheverry additionally in motion.
11:AM SCHEDULING FARCE
High doubles participant and brother of Australian Open marathon man Andy Murray has lashed event scheduling within the face of “crap” wild climate.
The grand slam is dealing with a scheduling backlog after 24 hours which has included delays for warmth after which because of heavy rain.
Matches from Tuesday have been held over to at the least Wednesday afternoon, however additional delays are anticipated given rain hasn’t stopped falling in Melbourne all through the morning.
And Brit Jamie Murray has slammed the method as “unfair” as he prepares to start his doubles marketing campaign later at the moment.
“11am begin on exterior courts. Gamers arrive approx 8-830am,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Schedule launched 1130pm. Unfair.
“On prime of that the climate is crap. Simply begin matches later and provides gamers extra relaxation/prep time. You could have lights!”
As much as 10mm of rain is predicted in Melbourne at the moment with showers anticipated to clear within the afternoon.
Gamers hit their pillow on Tuesday night time with out realizing whether or not they’re taking part in at 11am or 8pm at the moment.
The event was brutalised by Melbourne’s notoriously fickle climate on Tuesday, with delays first compelled by scorching warmth and later from a thunderstorm, forcing a serious backlog of matches to be accomplished on Wednesday and a scheduling nightmare for officers.
Because the clock approached midnight, gamers had been nonetheless ready for an official order of play for Wednesday’s motion – with veteran Belgian doubles star Kirsten Flipkens questioning the method.
“11:50pm.. I wont be one in every of them however how are you going to let the gamers play at 11am, if you happen to nonetheless dont have a schedule at the moment?” Flipkens posted on Twitter.
The schedule was formally launched shortly after midnight, with all early fixtures to be postponed spherical one matches – which incorporates Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis, who is 2 video games away from a straight units victory over Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
“Previous midnight in Melbourne and no order of play for tomorrow aside from the three largest stadiums,” mentioned tennis author Jose Morgado.
“I suppose they had been already considering they wouldn’t end at the moment’s matches. However a lot of the gamers do not know at what time they need to get up tomorrow. Particular sport.”
From final night time, 11 matches had been suspended, whereas 9 didn’t even begin and there are three nonetheless to complete at the moment beneath the roof.
In whole, there are 23 singles spherical 1 matches to complete – and with additional rain anticipated in Melbourne, there’s no assure they are going to all be accomplished by the tip of day three.
10:31AM WHY I LOVE RAIN DELAYS
Rain delays are inflicting havoc on the Aus Open, followers will likely be disillusioned by a scarcity of motion, however there’s one man who likes them.
Dylan Alcott hailed the suspension of play as growing the drama and potential for comebacks.
Day two of the Open was vinateg Melbourne when it got here to the climate, 4 excessive seasons in a single chaotic day.
Play was supended for excessive warmth earlier than being halted and known as off for torrential rain. Throw in a 15 diploma temperature drop and a few wild winds and also you begin to comprehend the circumstances.
“For followers watching and on the protection the rain delays are annoying,” Alcott mentioned.
“However I like it that folks go to mattress in a single day doubtlessly to win a match or lose a match and so they get to combat one other day.
“You may see some actually completely different outcomes from what we had been seeing final night time within the 21 matches which are nonetheless competed.”
10AM – THE BARTY SUCCESSOR WHO IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL
– EDWARD BOURKE
Reigning Australian Open champion Ash Barty says world primary Iga Swiatek has been “a degree above” her opponents, however has defended the standard of the ladies’s draw amid a spate of withdrawals from the event.
Swiatek, the highly effective Polish star who gained the US and French Opens in 2022, had sustained robust kind throughout most of final 12 months however there was nonetheless extra depth in competitors than specialists had given credit score, Barty mentioned.
“Within the girls’s draw, there’s a lot depth unfold throughout the board and you must have high quality over the entire calendar to be a prime participant,” Barty mentioned.
“I believe Iga (Swiatek) has clearly proven she was most likely that degree above most for many of final 12 months, however there are definitely some excellent gamers in there that won’t have had slam success by way of successful it however have made quarters and semis.
“I believe it would come right down to whoever can deal with the event greatest, belief themselves and play their greatest tennis.”
Swiatek will sort out 21-year-old Colombian Camila Osorio within the first match on Rod Laver Area on day three of the Open.
9.30AM – NEXT-GEN SECOND-ROUND BLOCKBUSTER
Coco Gauff and Emma Raducanu meet within the Australian Open second spherical on Wednesday as the way forward for girls’s tennis goes on full show in Melbourne.
Males’s defending champion Rafael Nadal can be in motion on day three of the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months.
However it’s the current and future of ladies’s tennis which is able to take centre stage. High seed and red-hot favorite Iga Swiatek opens play on Rod Laver Area when she faces Colombia’s Camila Osorio, ranked 84th on the planet.
That will likely be adopted by in-form American third seed Jessica Pegula, who will face a stern check in Thirty eighth-ranked Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Additionally scheduled for the morning — so long as there isn’t a repeat of the warmth and heavy rain from Tuesday — is the Greek sixth seed Maria Sakkari. She performs Russia’s Diana Shnaider.
Within the night session on Rod Laver Area comes what many hope will likely be a blockbuster between American Gauff and Britain’s former US Open champion Raducanu.
Gauff, 18, and Raducanu, 20, have by no means performed one another earlier than. The Briton has carried out one thing Gauff by no means has in successful a serious, however the American is ranked seventh to her opponent’s 77th.
And teenager Gauff is in higher kind, coming off a victory in an Auckland warm-up event that introduced her a 3rd WTA crown.
In addition to patchy kind, Raducanu has additionally suffered a string of damage niggles since she shocked the tennis world by successful the US Open in 2021 as a teenage qualifier.
Gauff says the strain is on Raducanu, who had been a doubt coming into Melbourne after one more damage.
“Clearly she’s gone by means of plenty of strain, bursting onto the scene. I really feel like most likely greater than I’ve skilled coming to win a Slam,” mentioned Gauff.
9AM – HOW MUCH RAIN IS ON THE WAY?
Australian Open officers are dealing with one other robust day.
Already coping with an enormous backlog of matches – with 23 spherical one clashes nonetheless to be accomplished at the moment – extra dangerous climate is on the way in which in Melbourne.
Play is scheduled to begin at 11 at the moment however, in line with the Bureau of Meteorology, there’s an 80 per cent probability of rain at the moment.
That appears correct, as there have been showers on and off across the metropolis all through the morning up to now – and that’s anticipated to proceed into the early afternoon.
Between 2 and 10mm of rain is predicted.
So what probability are we of getting motion exterior of the present courts, which have rooves?
The afternoon seems to clear up fairly properly, so there’s purpose to be optimistic.
8.30AM – NOVAK SLAMMED FOR ‘PULLING RANK’ WITH UMPIRE
Novak Djokovic has been slammed by two Australian greats for ‘pulling rank’ throughout his first-round victory over Roberto Carbales Baena on Tuesday night time.
However… when nature calls, what are you going to do?
5 video games into his straight units victory, Djokovic made an pressing sprint to the lavatory inside Rod Laver Area.
After a number of failed makes an attempt to draw the eye of the chair umpire, Djokovic made a easy declaration.
“I’m going to the bathroom,” he mentioned.
No corridor cross required if you happen to’re a nine-time champion, it appears.
However that bothered Australian champions, and now commentators, John Fitzgerald and Mark Woodforde.
“He must go to the bathroom? After 5 video games?” 9 commentator and tennis nice John Fitzgerald mentioned.
“Properly I believe he’s really simply pulled rank there as properly,” Aussie tennis legend Mark Woodforde added. “I believe the official was attempting to drag him again.”
“He’s simply run off the court docket,” Fitzgerald replied.
“He’s gone off with out permission, it appears.
“I imply, 3-2 within the first set?”
8.00AM – AUSTRALIA’S LATE, LATE SHOW
– LAUREN WOOD
They are saying nothing good occurs after 2am.
Except you’re Aussie Alexei Popyrin, that’s.
As raucous scenes together with haircuts within the stands rocked Melbourne Park, the native hope is thru to the second spherical of the Australian Open after a late-night session that ended within the wee hours.
Taking to the court docket towards Chun-Hsin Tseng at 9.37pm and with a number of additional rain delays, Popyrin ultimately saluted in a five-set marathon that ended at 2.02am.
“I’m exhausted,” he surmised after the match.
“That was a bodily battle and a psychological battle too.
“I’ve by no means performed a match this late. I’ve by no means performed a match this lengthy.”
As Melbourne’s climate prepares to once more take a toll on the Australian Open with rain forecast on Wednesday, the 23-year-old will little doubt be having fun with a sleep-in after the just about five-hour affair that secured his second spherical berth.
Just one break of serve was recorded within the match, which had initially been scheduled to begin at round 4pm on Tuesday.
Ten matches had been cancelled and one other 12 – together with that of Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis – had been postponed to Wednesday.
It was a day of climate insanity in Melbourne the place matches had been delayed because of warmth earlier than robust winds swept by means of after which heavy rain that additional delayed matches.
Followers rode the wave, with one punter even leaving with a brand new hairdo.
Snapped by Information Corp sports activities photographer Michael Klein, a bunch of lads on John Cain Area pulled out a cordless razor and shaved one in every of their heads.
“I’ve a Tinder date after this so I would like a fade,” their signal learn.
That’s one solution to cross the time.
7.30AM – NOVAK LAUDS WARM WELCOME
Novak Djokovic mentioned he felt “very a lot appreciated” as he made an ideal return to the Australian Open with a ruthless victory over Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday.
The Serb loved a rousing reception at Rod Laver Area in Melbourne following his deportation a 12 months in the past as he launched his bid for a tenth Australian Open title in type.
The 35-year-old, who missed final 12 months’s Grand Slam due to his stance on Covid vaccines, confirmed few indicators of the hamstring niggle he picked up in Adelaide this month as he raced to an emphatic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win.
There have been considerations over how the previous primary may be obtained by followers at Melbourne Park following the deportation saga 12 months in the past.
The town endured prolonged lockdowns in the course of the top of the pandemic. However, as in Adelaide, the fourth seed walked out to loud cheers and chants of “Nole”, with vocal backing in the course of the match from a stadium awash with Serbian flags.
“Thanks for giving me such a welcoming reception that I may solely dream of,” mentioned Djokovic, who’s chasing a record-equalling twenty second main title.
“I really feel actually comfortable that I’m again right here in Australia and on the court docket the place I’ve had the largest success in my profession.”
OPEN OFFICIALS FACE NIGHTMARE SCHEDULING DRAMA
– TIM MICHELL AND SAM LANDSBERGER
Excessive warmth within the afternoon. Torrential rain within the night.
Melbourne delivered on its well-known ‘4 seasons in at some point’ status on day two of the Australian Open to depart organisers with a juggling act to clear a backlog of matches.
A number of girls’s video games which had been because of be performed on the skin courts on Tuesday afternoon and night needed to be postponed.
At 11.30pm on Tuesday night time there have been nonetheless matches rolling on a staggering 14 courts, together with a four-hour and five-set epic on Court docket 13 between fortunate loser Michael Mmoh (USA) and qualifier Laurent Lokoli (France) and an all-American girls’s match on Court docket 8 that began after 11pm.
Information Corp understands that because the clock ticked in direction of midnight event organisers had been assembly to debate bringing Wednesday’s begin time ahead to 10am.
That further hour would assist ease the sudden scheduling cram, with 11 first-round matches that ought to’ve already been accomplished but to start.
By the tip of day two 10 males’s and 12 girls’s matches had been both but to begin or require ending, leaving the event 22 outcomes behind par.
The matches that require rescheduling embrace No.8 girls’s seed Daria Kasatkina’s battle towards Varvara Gracheva, No.14 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia towards Nuria Parrizas Diaz and the all-French affair between Richard Gasquet and Ugo Humbert.
The fortunate loser who changed Nick Kyrgios, Denis Kudla, additionally failed to begin his marketing campaign.
There have been irritating scenes on the skin courts as ball children and officers labored furiously to try to mop up water, just for extra rain to fall earlier when Kokkinakis and Fognini had been prepared to begin.
The additional matches may but have flow-on results in coming days with between 2-15mm of rain predicted in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Initially printed as Australian Open 2023 day 3 stay scores, schedule, order of play