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The sun is shining, Maria Sharapova is smiling. This is Australian Open practice!

Ross Hutchins, who began his 6-month chemotherapy today, talks about Andy Murray‘s note to him from Brisbane (and how supportive his mate has been): ”It did bring a tear to my eye. I was very moved by it. I was quite emotional when he said that. I didn’t expect it at all, but he’s been so supportive, wanting to know about everything, all the details. He’s researched everything so well. He’s probably researched it more than my doctor… He’s been sending me links about guys who have gone through this and come out on top. He’s just a guy who wants to know all the details about everything.”

John Isner withdrew from the Australian Open due to a knee injury.

Could Serena Williams repeat the “Serena Slam” a decade after the original?

Koalas, wallabies and snakes took over the Australian Open player cafe, and got to hang out (literally!) with Venus Williams, Sabine Lisicki and more!

Alex Ovechkin describes being engaged to Maria Kirilenko: “It’s a good feeling. It’s not that feeling anymore where you can do whatever you want. You have a girl with a tennis racquet and she can hit you.” Yup.

Has Benoit Paire given us the tweener of the year?

The Herald Sun lists 10 ways Sam Stosur can relax her nerves ahead of the Australian Open. I’m all for a Modern Family marathon, but fast food? That’s pretty much the opposite of preparation.

Martina Navratilova did a guest spot on Portlandia.

Up close and personal with Fernando Verdasco‘s feet.

Lleyton Hewitt wants Pat Rafter and Bernard Tomic to reunite.

Curious about the life and times of Roger Federer? There’s an app for that.

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