Kevin Anderson Upsets Aussie Champ Stan Wawrinka At The BNP Paribas Open


By Kevin Ware

(March 12, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – With a strong first-round win over Ivo Karlovic, and the loss of just two games to Andreas Seppi, it was a foregone conclusion that Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka would stretch his win streak to 14 matches for a spot in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.

His opponent, Kevin Anderson of South Africa, had other plans; knocking out the World No. 3 in three sets 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-1. Anderson had previously lost to Wawrinka in their three previous meetings, but felt good about his chances in today’s R16 match because they were all closely-contested. This was particularly true of their last meeting at the 2013 Shanghai Masters.

Wawrinka won that tough three-setter by the slimmest of margins in a third-set tiebreak, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).  One of the lessons that Anderson learned from that match was the need to be more aggressive. This was evident from the start with an early break of the Wawrinka serve.

“That was my game plan coming out.  I had played Stan a few times before, most recently in Shanghai last year, and just being quite aggressive and not giving him too much rhythm from the back.”

That aggressive play was almost his undoing as his error count rose in the second set. It didn’t help that Wawrinka, appearing injured and on the brink of retirement at the end of the first set, came back from the brink to win the second set.

An awkward lunge at a backhand initially led to some tense moments as Wawrinka armed serves and swatted at backhands with limited range of movement. Wawrinka said, “It’s just tightness. And I was a little bit nervous and tight and tired.”

When asked if he’d thought of retiring, he brushed aside the injury talk. “No, never.  As I said, the injury was not big problem at all.  Not at all.  Because I won the second set after.”

“I think I was negative all the match.  I was complaining a lot about my serve, about the way I was playing, and with that, I don’t deserve to win matches. I think I should have been more positive with myself, just trying to find solution, because it was still a close match.”

Anderson got back on track in the third set, but can’t be happy with the stats sheet. He served 11 aces against 8 double faults, and a whopping 40 unforced errors against 34 winners. Still, he continues a run of good form that has seen him play some of the best tennis of his career.

Anderson struggled mightily with injury issues (and surgeries) just a few years ago. Now that the worst is behind him, he attributes much of his current success to having a few relatively healthy years to work on his game. “I have really put as much emphasis as I can on giving myself the right amount of breaks and, really fortunately, being in the position where I can pick and choose my tournaments has helped a lot.”

“Staying healthy is such an important thing.  It sounds obvious, but if you’re not at 100% it’s really tough to compete. ”

Anderson will have his hands full with his next opponent, Roger Federer. But he feels more than up to the challenge.

“I have to come out and focus on my game and just do what I have been doing.  I feel like I have been playing good tennis, and I’m going to definitely continue that tomorrow.”

Kevin Ware is in Indian Wells covering theBNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.


Cilic Wins Delray Beach; Bryan Brothers Win 94th Doubles Crown

Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic


(February 23, 2014) Marin Cilic won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday, his 11th ATP World Tour title and second tournament win in three weeks, beating Kevin Anderson 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in 3 hours, 8 minutes.

“It feels awesome, especially after waiting for a long time last night and finishing after 1am,” Cilic said. “Then, today to come back and win it, I’m really happy with this victory.”

“It wasn’t easy for my nerves, for Goran’s nerves especially. In the final some nerves can get into your body and you have to deal with it in the end. Luckily I found a way.”

“In the third [set], I just didn’t put down the clamps of getting back in the match and giving myself a chance,” Anderson said. “He was going to take one of his chances. He had a fair amount. If I would have capitalized a little more I would have put myself in a better position to win the title. I was happy making the final, but a little disappointed right now.”

Cilic leads the men’s tour with 18 match wins this season. He along with Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka lead the tour with tournament titles in 2014 with two.

No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final, beating Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 6-2, 6-3 for their third Delray Beach Open title.

“[100 titles] is our next big goal,” said Bob Bryan. “We’re very happy to kick start the year here in Delray. Get that first [title] of the season, get that confidence flowing and take it into the next couple of Masters 1000s. It’s been a few years since we won the Miami tournament, so we want to put in a good showing there.”

The Bryans were congratulated after the match by golfer Jack Nicklaus, a winner of 18 major trophies.

“[Nicklaus] is a good friend,” said Mike Bryan. “He’s been to watch us at Wimbledon a few times. He loves tennis. Bob won his tournament last year. He’s a great, great guy to know. We’re huge fans of him. It was good to see him in the front row.”


John Isner Wins Atlanta Open

Haas d Isner semifinal (4 of 5)

(July 28, 2013) In a battle between two of the tallest players in tennis, six-foot-10 John Isner saved two match points to beat six-foot-8 Kevin Anderson 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2) in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday to claim his seventh ATP World Tour title.

Neither player was able to break serve during the entire almost three hour match. Anderson failed to convert any of 11 break point chances against Isner. At 2 hours and 54 minutes it’s the longest three-set final on the ATP tour this year.

“This is a tournament where I could’ve been out in my first match,” Isner said. I lived on the edge all week and seemed to come through each and every time. It’s very encouraging.

“I’ve been on the wrong end of a final that close before, so it feels good to be on the other end of that. I never wavered. I believed that even at 0/40 that I could still hold on and was able to come up with the goods.”

“There’s no question I play my best in the U.S. This is where I’m very comfortable. I compete extra hard and things seems to work out for me when I’m playing in the U.S.”

“I was holding easily and trying to give myself chances, which I did,” Anderson said. “Just wasn’t able to capitalize on them. That was the difference today… He stays in there. He serves well, he plays well when it matters, and he definitely played two better tie-breaks than me.”

Isner took home a check for $98,700 as the winner. Isner lost in the finals of the Atlanta Open in 2010, and 2011, each time to Mardy Fish.

Of Isner’s seven career ATP World Tour titles, three have come after saving match point and winning in a third set tiebreak – ’10 Auckland, ’12 Winston-Salem,  and ’13 Atlanta.


A Tale of Two Giants

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(July 27, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – The tallest final in history will go down at this year’s BB&T Atlanta Open. John Isner standing at 6’10″ and Kevin Anderson at 6’8″ is a recipe for a serving war. Predicting the winner of this match is no easy task. Head to head, here are the stats that count.

Isner vs. Anderson

Aces 463 409

Double Faults 48 120

1st Serve Points Won 77% 75%

Break Points Faced 166 237

Break Points Saved 69% 65%

Service Games Won 88% 85%

Ist Serve Return Points Won 24% 30%

Break Opportunities 165 287

Break Points Converted 35% 39%

John Isner has an edge in aces, double faults, and break points faced while Kevin Anderson’s numbers are better in 1st serve return points won, break opportunities

and break points converted. In short, John may serve better, but Kevin returns better. Who’s going to win this match, your guess is as good as mine but I’ll make mine

anyway. With Isner leading the tour with the tiebreak record of 23-6 and the crowd behind him, my gut says Isner in 3 tie breaks, but I’m not putting my money on it!


By Tina Taylor-Brown, Special to Tennis Panorama


Robredo wins Casablanca


(April 14, 2013) Spain’s Tommy Robredo captured his first title since Santiago in February 2011 with a 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 win over Kevin Anderson for the Casablanca crown. The 72nd ranked Robredo missed five months in 2012 due to a leg injury and fell to No. 471 in the world in the rankings.

For Robredo the victory was his 10th tournament title on clay.

“I have been practicing very well during a month in Barcelona before coming here, “ Robredo said. “I knew that I could play a good tournament here and you never know what can happen. I went match by match and kept winning. Today, I was pretty nervous since this is very important for me. I really wanted to win this. I’m very happy to win a title again after my injury. It’s just great! Those points will help me a lot in the ranking. The goal is to arrive in Roland Garros in the best form possible. After that I will sit down and have a look at my goals.”

Anderson who was playing in his first clay court final, spoke about his chances during the match.

“I thought I was in control of the match,” said the South African. “I had a lot of chances in the first set. I played a loose game to give the break back. And then in the tie-break at 6-all, I played two loose points. I came back and did well in the second. In the third, I had some good momentum, but after suddenly being up, I was down a break. I gave myself some chances to get back in the match. Obviously I’m not too happy with the errors I made on those two break points. But there are a lot of positives, which is the main thing I got to look at, as disappointing as it was not to have won it. It’s a good start for me on clay. There are still a lot of tournaments.”



Singles – Final
T Robredo (ESP) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 76(6) 46 63

Doubles – Final
[1] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d D Brown (GER) / C Kas (GER) 63 62


Berdych Moves into BNP Paribas Open Semifinal with Win over Anderson

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(March 14, 2013) Czech Tomas Berdych continued his run at the BNP Paribas Open without dropping a set with his defeat of South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to move into the semifinals of Indian Wells on Thursday.

For Berdych, it’s the first time he’s reached this stage at the BNP Paribas Open.

Berdych says he’s making his way towards the top 4.  “Well, I think I’m getting closer, but those guys are still running away, Berdych told media. “I don’t know how they do it, but it’s really, really tough, you know.

“If you look at the guys who are there, it’s really, you know, very tough time.  But, you know, it doesn’t change anything for me.  I mean, I just trying to focus myself, trying to go one by one, either if it’s weeks or the matches.

“So, really, go day by day and, you know, also trying to be patient in that as well.  You know, hopefully one day I can sit and say, Yeah, all that hard work has been, you know, paying off, you know, that I was able to move, even improve the ranking or make a really big results, Grand Slam or some other, and so that’s my actually key and motivation.

Berdych will face the winner of Thursday nights’ Roger FedererRafael Nadal match.

“Well, my position is great, “ said the Czech.  “I’m in the semifinal and I can, you know, just lie in my bed, turn on the TV, and just watching the guys that they’re gonna play.

“So I cannot be in better position than that.  Well, my thoughts on that match, I mean, I think everybody knows who I would prefer to play.

But this is a sport, this is tennis, they will go there, and they will try to fight for the win.  The better is gonna wait for me next day.

“Yeah, need to get ready if it’s Roger or Rafa and try to bring my best game again.”

Berdych spoke about his recent success against Federer.

“Well, I think it’s quite simple,” Berdych said.  “It’s the way what I play.  With my style I can do a bit more damage to Roger, you know, because I can take, you know, his I’d say comfort on the court away and he starts to be more under pressure.

“And then, you know, that’s the way when he doesn’t feel, you know, that optimum and that good on court.  I’m not saying that I’m expert to beat him, but I’m trying to do my best to win the matches with him.  You know, in the past at least it’s been working.

“With Rafa, it’s way different, you know.  With his, you know, lefty hand and heavy spins, it’s very tough, you know, especially in these conditions.  If it’s going to be hot like this, yeah, it’s could be very, very tough one.

“But, you know, one day I hope that I’m going to find the way how to beat him again, and why not here?”


Nadal, Federer, Hampton, Keys and Anderson on Notes and Quotes from the BNP Paribas Open

 Jamie Hampton

(March 9, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, CA – a few quotes from post-match news conferences from the BNP Paribas Open.


Jamie Hampton calls herself “boring.”


Q.  And you’re a little bit under the radar screen.  If someone came up to you and said, Hey, what’s the coolest thing about Jamie Hamilton, what would you say?

JAMIE HAMPTON:  I’m pretty boring, actually.  I wouldn’t consider myself cool at all.

Q.  Oh, come on.

JAMIE HAMPTON:  No, really.

Q.  Why is that?

JAMIE HAMPTON:  My life pretty much revolves around tennis.  I eat, sleep, and dink tennis.  There is not too much time for anything else for me.

I have to take care of my back and body.  That’s a full‑time job in itself.  To add tennis on top of that…

Q.  In the small sliver of time that you’re spending that you’re not playing tennis, what are you doing?


Q.  TV, sleeping?  Do you know who won the Oscar for best picture?


Q.  Close.  Argo.

JAMIE HAMPTON:  Argo.  I said Argon, didn’t I?  Dang it.  Okay.

 Madison Keys Tennis Panorama


Madison Keys on baking and candy.


Q.  Outside of listening to every country music station that’s on the radio, what do you do on your off time when you’re not killing yourself on the court?

MADISON KEYS:  I love baking, which I have to get it out of my house as soon as I bake it or else I’m going to eat it all.  But I like baking.  I have little sisters, so I hang out with them all the time, so…

I feel like I don’t really have off time, though.  When I do have off time I’m usually having to do homework still, so…

Q.  Favorite go‑to dish baking‑wise?

MADISON KEYS:  Oreo cheesecake cupcakes.  They’re so good.

Q.  Is that the one you put on your Facebook?

MADISON KEYS:  Those were just cupcakes.  The Oreo cheesecake cupcakes you put an Oreo on the bottom and fill the top with Oreo cheesecake.  They’re just in little muffin tins.  They’re delicious.

Q.  So when you break through and win a big, big tournament, will you promise to give us a round of cheesecake?

MADISON KEYS:  I was actually going to make them in Miami and bring them.  If I see you around, I will give you one.

Q.  Ever tried Sugarpova before?

MADISON KEYS:  I have, and it’s delicious.  Every time I see Max walking around with a bag of it, I’m like, Is there one for me?

Q.  Can you imagine getting a little of Maria’s candy into your baking?

MADISON KEYS:  That could be good.  Now I’m going to think about it.


Kevin Anderson a member of the ATP Council on the 25-second rule


KEVIN ANDERSON:  Well, we’ll be meeting next week in Miami, so we will be getting an update on that.

I think it’s a good rule.  I think it’s always tough because it’s not like ‑‑ I mean, you have to sometimes take into consideration, you know, extenuating circumstances.  If you play like an incredibly long point or the ball kids ‑‑ maybe the ball goes out or something.

Just from the standpoint I think it’s a good rule.  It makes it fair for everybody.  But I have heard ‑‑ as the year has gone on, some guys are saying it’s getting a bit more lax.  There aren’t as many time violations going on out there.  I just heard a couple guys saying with different matches some people are sticking to the rule and some people aren’t.

It’s a work in progress, so hopefully after Miami we will be able to sort of assess where it’s at and see what other people are feeling.  I mean, just have to go from there.

Asked about if he’s in favor of a shot clock


KEVIN ANDERSON:  Yeah, and when we implemented the rule at the US Open we chatted about that a bit, whether there is an affordability issue.

Also, I don’t think it’s ‑‑ it’s one of those things where there are sometimes circumstances that come up that you do need more than the 25 seconds that’s out of your control.

But if there is a shot clock there it might make things trickier.  I don’t think it’s like basketball where the time continues all the time.  You are waiting for other people.  That would be something we’d have to have a trial or something to see how that would work out.

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Federer on Nadal


Q.  What will be a sign on a hard court that he’s (Nadal) playing well?  Anything in particular?

ROGER FEDERER:  Progressing in the draw.  (Laughter.)


Yeah, wins don’t lie.



Nadal on hardcourts and Federer



Q.  Here in America it’s hard court, hard court, hard court.  Do you think there should be more clay court tournaments?

RAFAEL NADAL:  I don’t want to say that, because anything that I will say not gonna affect in my career.  That’s not going to change during the years that I will be playing, no?

I think it’s more medical things than players think.  Hard courts are aggressive for the body.

If for the next generations wants to have longer careers and want to finish his careers with better conditions physically, that’s my humble opinion.  ATP have to find a solution and not continue playing more and more tournaments on this surface that is the harder one for the joints and for the knees, for the foot, for the ankles, for the back, for everything.

Q.  You’re the main one who talks about hard courts and wanting to have more tournaments not on hard courts.  Not as many as the other top players discuss that.  Do you think that a lot of players discuss your opinion, or do you think it’s more your personal experience, more you than other people?

RAFAEL NADAL:  Depends.  If you will ask a player who plays fantastic on this court is a thing that ‑‑ sorry.  At the end, we are here.  At the end, it’s an individual game.  At the end, everybody thinks for himself.

And if somebody plays great on this surface, it’s difficult to go against this surface, no?  Is normal that if the volume of the tournaments on hard are more than in the rest of the surfaces, is normal than like the top players of the world, best players of the world, are specialists on hard courts.

So they not gonna go against the hard court.  That’s why I say is not another players’ thing, it’s a medical thing.  Somebody have to think not for today.  I repeat:  I’m not talking about my career.  My career is done.

We gonna finish my career playing on the same or more tournaments on hard, because that’s the dynamic.

But, yes, no, my opinion is for the next generations that something have to change.


Q.  Is it kind of amazing how healthy Roger has stayed throughout his career, considering all the hard court tennis he’s played?

RAFAEL NADAL:  No.  It’s amazing?  I don’t think so.  I think, you know, he’s very good.  Don’t take my words because my English is not perfect, no?  But I think he’s very lucky to have this talent, no?  The talent of Roger is amazing, and the things that he’s able to do it, you know, the rest of the ‑‑ all the players, we are not able to play this way.

He win a lot of matches with, you know, short points; win a lot of matches with the serve, with one forehand.

So, you know, that’s why he’s able to keep having big, you know, big career and very long.

That’s amazing thing that’s have a lot of value.  No, nothing to say about that.  He’s great, and for many reason he’s the best of the history, no?


Anderson Tops No. 4 Ferrer


David Ferrer

David Ferrer

(March 9, 2013) World No. 4 David Ferrer became the first major casualty of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday when the Spaniard fell to big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Ferrer who already has captured two ATP World this season was demolished in the final of the Mexican Open by compatriot Rafael Nadal.

Ferrer gave credit to his opponent. “He was better than me, “Ferrer said.  “He serve better.”

“Well, of course I am disappoint(ed), no, because I lost in first round,” he continued.

“But this is tennis, and it’s impossible to win always.  Kevin Anderson was better than me.  What can I do?”

Anderson broke Ferrer four times and won 70% of his first serve points with six aces.

“It was fantastic,” Anderson said of the win. “Obviously David is a great player, and especially in the last few years he’s really stepped it up.  Beating a top 5 in the world player is always ‑‑ it’s a great feeling, and especially somebody like David who doesn’t go away.

“I mean, he fights for everything; doesn’t give you everything.  I felt I earned the win today.”

The win is very significant for the South African who is coming off  right elbow surgery after losing at the Australian Open.

“Everything else is completely fine, ” said Anderson.  “Just that extension on the serve gives it a little bit of pain, and it fatigues quite quickly.

“So right now just really serving on match days.  Taking it quite easy on days off.  Hopefully, you know, just as time goes on, doing a lot of the treatment and rehab, I will be able to slowly start increasing that load.”

Anderson will play face Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen next. The Finn destroyed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-0.


Tomic Wins First ATP Title at Sydney

Bernard Tomic

(January 12, 2013) Australian Bernard Tomic won his first career ATP World Tour title at the Apia International Sydney Saturday night with a dramatic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 with over South African Kevin Anderson.


“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said Tomic.

“It’s an honor to have won my first tournament in front of you,” Tomic said, referring to receiving the Ken Rosewall trophy from the man himself in the arena named after him. “It’s been a long road, but finally I have one of these trophies.”


“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament and it’s the best feeling in the world. I’m so happy I won. To do it here in Sydney is awesome. I can’t ask for anything better. I’m so proud of myself. Can’t stop here now. Now I’ve got to look to the next tournament and keep playing the tennis I’ve been playing.

“It’s my first title, and I know I’ll win a lot more if I keep this attitude up. I’m happy for this year now. I’m so excited. I’m looking forward to Melbourne. I feel unstoppable. I feel like I’m playing great tennis. It’s amazing stepping on court. You’re so confident. That’s going to be taken down to Melbourne and I’m going to use that for every match I play there.

“He’s not easy to play. I was lucky I got that double fault in the third set, because anything could have happened after that. I did play well off the ground. I served pretty good, but he was serving outstanding. Third set was epic. I think under pressure I played really good tennis.”

Defending doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan kept their title Saturday with a decisive 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow doubles experts Horia Tecau and Max Mirnyi.


The victory for Tomic is his eighth straight, creating a great lead-in to his home major, the Australian Open. Since the beginning of the new season, the Australian has had a good string of wins over player ranked higher than he is – Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas and Andreas Seppi at Hopman Cup in Perth and in Sydney  wins over  fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic , Florian Mayer,  Andreas Seppi and Anderson.

Tomic takes to the court next at the Australian Open in Melbourne as the No. 1 Australian on Tuesday versus Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer and could face Roger Federer if he reaches the third round.


Tennis Players and Chefs Serve Up a Feast for Charity at Taste of Tennis


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By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 10, 2013) MELBOURNE, Australia – A service game of a different kind was on the menu for the tennis stars who attended the 4th Annual Melbourne Swisse Taste of Tennis event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Thursday night.


Players joined with chefs from Melbourne’s top restaurants to serve up gourmet treats to A-list guests in the name of charity.


Many top 20 ATP and WTA players featured among the guests at the event which raised money for Diabetes Australia and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine. Top ten players Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet graced the red carpet, along with other notable players including Marion Bartoli, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Lucie Safarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ivo Karlovic.


Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt paired with celebrity chef George Colombaris to kick off the evening with a special presentation on stage before chefs and players combined to act as food servers, handing out small gourmet delights throughout the night.


Celebrities and chefs began arriving at the venue from 6.30pm sporting a wide variety of outfits based on the ‘elegantly casual’ dress theme. Many of the men came smartly dressed in jeans, while Marion Bartoli and the Rodionova sisters glammed up the red carpet in sky high heels and sleek dresses.


British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray is known to tweet her love of desserts to her 49,000 plus twitter following, and expressed her delight at the event’s offerings. She said “we’ve had a great time because to be able to go around and try small amounts of lots of different things is great. I think the trick is to pace yourself so that you have enough room left for desserts.”


Murray also spoke of her hope for the British girls at the Australian Open starting on Monday and said she is hopeful for a good run from Heather Watson and Laura Robson who have both recently broken into the top 50 singles rankings for the first time.


Swedish doubles specialist Robert Lindstedt enjoyed the social aspect of the evening and said it’s a welcome break from the day to day. “It’s great. It’s nice for the people to turn out where most of the guests are not players so it’s quite nice.” He said that on tour “we enjoy good food. We always try to find maybe not always the nicest restaurants because they’re a bit expensive but we always try to eat well so food like this is what we look for.”


Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic said he loves eating out at restaurants. “It’s something that I enjoy doing and also traveling around the world I have the chance to try different cuisines. But when I’m at home I like a home cooked meal and I’m really lucky that my wife cooks really well so I enjoy that as well.”


Silent auctions were held throughout the night to raise money for the elected charities. Items up for auction included signed memorabilia of international sporting stars such as Tiger Woods, Sebastian Vettel and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as experiences including dining packages and the opportunity to have a personal chef serve you at your home.


The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup were also a popular attraction on the night, with guests lining up for the chance to hold and have a photo taken with the Australian Open championship trophies.

Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her persona @JackattackAU.
All photos by Melinda Samson who runs the site Grand Slam Gal. Follow her on twitter @Grandslamgal.