Oz and ends and bits of news from the Australian Open for January 15, 2013.
Nadal to play in Brasil Open
Non-Melbourne news – DGW Comunicação who handles publicity for the Brasil Open reports through a press release posted early on Tuesday Morning to announce that Rafael Nadal is scheduled to participate in the tournament
DGW Comunicação announcement – Brasil Open 2013 marca retorno de Rafael Nadal às quadrasHá seis meses (cont) tl.gd/knbrtb
— Tennis Panorama News (@TennisNewsTPN) January 15, 2013
What’s good about being seeded at the Australian Open?
“You get to go up to the executive suite at the Hyatt. But that’s about it,” said 29th seed Sloane Stephens while she was being interviewed on ESPN.
World No. 100 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm upset No. 12-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 6-0 to become the oldest player to win a match at the Australian Open while Carla Suarez-Navarro dismissed 7th seed Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4.
Twenty-ninth seed Thomaz Bellucci goes down 6-3, 6-1 6-3 to Blaz Kavcic.
Teenager Annika Beck of Germany took down a seed No. 28 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-3.
G Monfils (FRA) d.  A Dolgopolov (UKR) 67(7) 76(4) 63 63
J Nieminen (FIN) d.  T Haas (GER) 76(3) 46 63 46 86 – Saved 1 M.P.
Jamie Hampton def Urszula Radwanksa 62 64
Berdych signs with H & M
The Czech who was wearing Nike clothing on court will act as an H&M ambassador both on and off the court, and work closely with H&M design team on a tennis collection which will launch in stores later in 2013
“I love fashion, and it’s great to now have H&M to help me develop my tennis and off-court apparel” said Berdych. “I’m sure we will do great things together.”
What’s with nearly all of the players wearing yellow on court dueing this fortnight at the Australian Open.
Kia Open Drive – Tipsarevic