В Мельбурне стартовал 99-й турнир Australian Open

20 January, 2011


Australian Open, tournament "Grand Slam" - the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne started 17 January. Australian Open - one of the biggest sporting events held in Australia and the 99th time.

On the center court, "Melbourne Park", before the tournament, was performed revealing a mini-tournament, in order to raise money for the flood victims in Australia. In the mini-tournament, получившем название Rally for Relief, attended by world tennis superstar Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Samantha Stosur and Kim Clijsters.

Before the beginning of the charity tournament, Roger Federer said: "Like many other tennis players, I was shocked that, which led to the flooding in Australia, this is a terrible tragedy,and I am glad that I have the opportunity to contribute in some way, attract attention and raise money for flood victims'.



Athletes have also donated,for flood victims, his racket, sports shoes, T-shirts for auction, all proceeds from which will go to the relief fund for flood victims. Overall, with donations, were collected 1.5 million dollars.
Two-time champion Australian Open Championship Ivan Lendl are the favorites of this tournament the strongest players in the world Rafael Nadal. "You can not underestimate Roger Federer, he last spoke here just fine, and still remains a top player. However, I find it more advantageous chance to win Rafael Nadal ».

Top tennis player in women is now Dane Caroline Wozniacki, never won a Grand Slam tournaments.

On the men's tournament, Australian Open, Russians Nikolay Davydenko will perform, and Mikhail Youzhny, and Vera Zvonareva in the women's, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In general, Australia has 33 Player. The best hope Australians Lleyton Hewitt confer on, Samantha Stosur, Alisia Elena Dokic and Molik.

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