Federer comes up short against Djokovic

Roger Federer took the long view on Thursday despite coming up short in his bid to reach an eighth Australian Open final. The 38-year-old Swiss lost to Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-4, 6-3 as the Serbian improved to 8-0 in Melbourne semi-finals. But Federer still leaves Melbourne Park feeling positive about his first tournament of the year and what lies ahead [see more]

Muguruza halts Halep to make first Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia — In a battle between two-time Grand Slam champions and former World No.1 players, Garbiñe Muguruza continued her return to her peak form with a 7-6(8), 7-5 semifinal upset of No.4 seed Simona Halep of Romania, advancing to the fourth Grand Slam final of her career — and her first at the Australian Open. [see more]

Federer widens the gap, rewrites history in the process

By Simon Cambers in Melbourne First he made history; now he’s rewritten it. And if the script writers in Hollywood have not started working on the film, they’re out of their minds. At the age of 35, four and a half years after his last Grand Slam victory and having missed the second half of [see more]

Answering the Bell

A familiar quote for all who participate and/or follow sports. Individual sports are so much different than team sports. It’s “mano e mano” with two competitors going head to head, and one standing taller than the other in the end. Stan Wawrinka’s improbable win over Rafa Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open reminds us all [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

Today is Friday, and it is affectionately known as the “calm before the storm”. We have strung over 1000 racquets thus far, which is less than half we will complete during the tournament. Last year 2013, we had a total of 3646 which is up from 3209 in 2012. The general expectation in the Stringer’s [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

When fans come to a tournament to see their favorite players in action, the crowds are usually quite large with long lines for food, bathrooms, and court viewing access. For the stringers at the Australian Open, we have a slightly different experience. Each morning when we enter the tournament grounds, there are only a few [see more]

Wilson Stringing – Australian Open 2014

This is not going to be a typical blog about tournament stringing, filled with only numbers and stats. Rather a more encompassing account of what is going on here in Melbourne, Australia. But before we get to that, I have to address something that has been evident to all who participate here on the IART [see more]

Australian Open stringing team hard at work

I recently received an email from Todd Mobley who is working with the team in Melbourne….. Hi Guys The weather here is a little unpredictable.  One day high’s in the 60’s the next day 100, today in the 80’s. The Qualifying Draw of the Australian Open has begun.  The biggest news thus far is American [see more]