It's hot in Melbourne.
Very hot and humid.
To the point that the matches on the courts without roofs were suspended Tuesday at 2 p.m. (4 a.m. in France) due to the heat exceeding 35°C.
Matches taking place on Rod Laver and Margaret Court, however, continue with the roof closed.
The organizers apply the so-called “
” rule , set up in such a way as to interrupt matches for ten minutes to allow players to cool off, or even suspend them.
Australian Open: ladies schedule and results
Australian Open: men's schedule and results
The best French chance
Quickly done and very well done.
The 4th in the world
upheld her rank against Canadian Katherine Sebov, from the qualifications and modest 190th in the world (6-3, 6-0).
Very offensive, the Lyonnaise (22 winners, 5 aces but only 43% of first serves) signed her first career victory over Rod Laver.
It must be said that she never exceeded the 8th in Melbourne… “
The first six-seven games were close, but making the break freed me
summed up the winner of the last Masters.
Katherine Sebov thus conceded the last 9 games of the match without even obtaining the slightest game point and scored only 7 small points (and no winning shot) during a 2nd set where the Lyonnaise played.
In the next round, the hardest part is yet to come with another Canadian, of another caliber in the 2nd round.
Leylah Fernandez, the 2021 US Open finalist. A big test.
In the blue corner
It's already over for
Quarter-finalist in a Grand Slam for the first time last year in Melbourne, the 34th in the world, was eliminated in the first round by the Canadian Leylah Fernandez (40th) 7-5, 6-2.
With a total of 34 faults, the 32-year-old player did not have her usual consistency.
She had not bowed to entry in Melbourne since 2012. There will be no duel in the 2nd round against Caroline Garcia.
, 107th in the world, invited by the FFT, was swept away by American Taylor Townsend (136th and qualifying) 6-1, 6-1.
The 20-year-old, who was taking part in the Australian Major for the second time, had already failed in the first round in 2022.
are qualified for the second round in the French clan.
Very attractive on paper, it fell short.
World No. 6 Russian
swept past 2020 finalist
6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
The Austrian who, injured, had not played in Melbourne since his elimination in the round of 16 in 2021, is still evolving far from his best level.
The former world number 3, currently ranked 98th and the beneficiary of an invitation to Melbourne, was absent from the circuit for ten months between 2021 and 2022 due to a wrist injury.
I'm happy to have won in three sets, against Dominic it's never easy.
Especially since we are good friends.
He is going through a difficult time and I wish him to return to his best level as soon as possible.
“commented Rublev, who for his part has never exceeded the quarters in a Grand Slam.
The outsider of the female table
Like Caroline Garcia, the Belarusian
, 5th in the world, did not drag against the Czech Tereza Martincova (74th) 6-1, 6-4, Tuesday in Melbourne.
I have always worked to vary my game and it is finally starting to work
”, rejoiced the 24-year-old player, finalist of the last Masters.
In the next round, she will face the American Shelby Rogers (51st).
Sabalenka has never gone past 8th in Melbourne.
The war in Ukraine
The Russian and Belarusian flags are banned on site at the Australian Open.
Our initial policy was that fans could bring them but could not use them to cause disruption
,” the Australian Tennis Federation said in a statement, adding that the ban took effect “
The Russian flag was seen Monday on the first day, during the match between Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl and Russian player Kamilla Rakhimova.
In the stands, Ukrainian supporters had called on the security services.
In the process, the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, called on Tennis Australia on Monday to take action.
To be continued this Tuesday morning
Due to the suspension of matches tonight, the matches of
will be behind schedule.
Two French were struggling on the courts of Melbourne before the interruption.
The comeback Jérémy Chardy led two sets to one against Daniel Elahi Galán (68th) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 2-2.
Benjamin Bonzi was also in the lead against Mattia Bellucci (152nd) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
On the Rod Laver Arena, the meetings continue and Matteo Berrettini, seeded 13 is led two sets to one by the eternal Andy Murray.
Alexander Zverez is on his side led a zero set by Juan Pablo Varillas
To follow this morning in France from 9 a.m. on the Rod Laver Arena: the first steps of
and those eagerly awaited by