World's top tennis players brave the sweltering heat practising and training at the Melbourne Park for the upcoming Australian Open, meanwhile they get some special treats from the vast Australian continent - koala, kangaroo, and wild animals.
The Chinese city of Wuhan will host a new women's tennis tournament from 2014 replacing the Pan Pacific Open, which has been held in Tokyo for three decades, the WTA Tour said on Thursday.
Top seed John Isner was knocked out of the Sydney International by compatriot Ryan Harrison on Wednesday but at least he got out on court on a day when injury withdrawals continued to ravage Australian Open warm-up tournaments.
Li Na has come closer than any Asian to winning the Australian Open singles crown and, if she can avoid a Melbourne Park meltdown, may add another to her lengthy list of tennis "firsts" next week.
Former world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova defied sweltering heat that earlier prompted Agnieszka Radwanska to suggest it was too hot to play to beat seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday in the second round of the Sydney International.
A record of 70 points for the longest tie-break in professional tennis has been set at a Futures event in Florida when Monaco's world number 636 Benjamin Balleret beat unranked compatriot Guillaume Couillard 36-34.
An emotional Andy Murray fought back tears and dedicated his victory to "a sick friend" after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in a gripping Brisbane International final on Sunday.
Top seed Li Na survived a mid-match meltdown to overcome Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the final of the inaugural Shenzhen Open on Saturday, earning the Chinese a seventh career title.
French Open champion Rafa Nadal has been forced to withdraw from next month's Australian Open because of a stomach virus that has disrupted his recovery from a long-term knee injury.
A revitalized Li Na will begin her 2013 season at home after the WTA added a new tournament to its schedule in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.
Rafael Nadal's comeback from a long-term knee injury has been put on hold by an illness that has ruled him out of an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
A bold move four years ago eventually saw a Grand Slam title realized, so it's now time to push even harder.