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READY OR NOT, HERE WE GO AGAIN — CAN ANYBODY BLOCK THE 1-2 PUNCHES OF MONOPOLISTS NADAL AND FEDERER?

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Can’t even fully digest 2010 as 2011 springs into view, the 44th year of open tennis –  or the 134th year since Wimbledon cranked up the original tournament. Everybody ready?  Probably not.  Not enough recuperation time during another ridiculously brief off-season as the years bump together like pigs in a pen. Life on the road …

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TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE? WHAT WOULD HAMLET HAVE SAID?

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”We’re havin’ a heat wave – a tropical heat wave…” An old Broadway show tune that some deejay here in Melbourne should have draged out.  But probably never heard of. You expect Australian summer to be toasty.  But we felt like slices of Wonder Bread slipped into the toaster.  It’s was an historic monsoon of Hadean heat according …

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PU-LEEZE, LET’S GET “GRAND SLAM” CORRECT, AND GIVE THE ONLY SLAMMERS – LAVER, COURT, GRAF, BUDGE, CONNOLLY DUE RESPECT

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MELBOURNE — Hail the Conquering Hero! (But please don’t keep on demeaning him.) I’m talking about that red-headed, left-handed spellbinding lad, Rodney George Laver, a refugee from a Queensland farm Well, he hasn’t fallen off a horse for some time, or wielded the sweetest racket this side of heaven. But he’s among us again to …

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