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Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina was pushed onto the outside courts in a brutal snub for one of the tournament’s draw cards.
Rybakina, who scored zero points for her Wimbledon triumph in which she defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, meets Italy’s Elisabetta Cocciaretto a long way from Center Court – or even one of the other show courts.
No, instead she will be hiding out in the sweltering Melbourne afternoon heat on Court 13 with her match scheduled for 4.15pm.
The decision enraged fans, with respected tennis author Ben Rothenberg questioning why the 23-year-old had been “so quickly ignored”.
“Reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has been banned to the backcountry of Court 13 for her first #AusOpen match,” Rothenberg wrote on Twitter.
“I understand there is a certain degree of saturation with recent women’s Slam champions, but has a reigning Wimbledon champion ever been ignored so quickly?”
The planning of former US Open champion Dominic Thiem’s delicious first-round match with fifth seed Andrey Rublev has also raised eyebrows.
The pair are set to open John Cain Arena on Tuesday, with the 11am start not expected for a showdown by two of the men’s tour’s most prominent stars.
TSITSIPAS REVEALS UNIQUE SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR AUS OPEN
– Owen Leonard
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas draws on the culture of samurai warriors as he prepares to fight at the Australian Open to win his first Grand Slam title.
The 24-year-old ace from Athens will wear kit for the tournament based on the “ancient warrior spirit of Japan”, inspired by his interest in studying cultures around the world.
Tsitsipas acknowledges the influence of ancient Greek culture – a deep and broad discipline in its own right – but says looking beyond the history of his homeland helps him reach an additional level.
“I’m interested in cultures, I’m interested in languages. I know that life goes beyond my culture, the ancient Greek culture, which has left many traces in history and time,” Tsitsipas said.
“There are other cultures out there that also make it very exciting to learn about them, to get to know them better. Japanese culture is also a very humble, very fair culture in its society.
“It intrigued me in a way to follow it more closely and learn from it. I think there are so many lessons that can be learned – even tennis players – by learning about history and learning how things developed.”
Tsitsipas says he was drawn to the “fighting spirit” of the samurai, a value he hopes to embody through his campaign.
“All these fighters that brought Japan to today’s modern society, traditions are hidden, they are there, but they are hidden.
“Not many people know Japanese culture. I was very interested to learn more about it. The Japanese kit represents me to the fullest.”
Tsitsipas begins his quest on Monday night against Frenchman Quentin Halys, an opponent he was unwilling to acknowledge.
“I don’t know,” he replies when asked what he thinks of his first-round task. “I don’t know him at all.”
Exploring ancient cultures clearly leaves no time for studying world #64.
Still, Tsitsipas says “proper execution” will come from “proper preparation” with “staying in the game” being his main focus for the tournament.
“I have to keep thinking about coming back stronger,” he said. “We have younger guys coming from behind (and) we still have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal who play good tennis.
“We’re dealing with a lot of different things being thrown at us. In my case, I know that a lot of things can be done this year. I have the ability to withstand the pressure and the challenges.”
Originally posted as Australian Open 2023 Live Results, Schedule, Order of Play: Wimbledon champion snubbed
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