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Australian Open 2022 live schedule, scores, Nick Kyrgios tickets, Australia Day


Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have transformed the Australian Open this year, bringing in huge crowds to the outer courts. Now, a massive change has been confirmed. FOLLOW LIVE

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have transformed the Australian Open this year, bringing in huge crowds to the outer courts. Now, a massive change has been confirmed.

Kyrgios has long said he loves the rowdy crowds on the smaller courts. John Cain Arena affectionaltely referred to as Kyrgios Court during the Aussie’s single’s campaign.

And his doubles venture with best mate Kokkinakis has brought an entirely new audience to the game with young men filling the stands on Kia Arena all week as the pair continues their campaign to win the men’s doubles title.

Now, it’s all about to change.

As we get to the business end of the tournament, Australian open director Craig Tiley has announced the Special Ks will be playing on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.

So too will Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott as he looks to end his incredible career with another title in the quad men’s singles final.

The best bit? A cheaper Rod Laver ticket — the same price as a ground pass — will get you into the famous tennis court.

“We actually are going to move the Special Ks from Kia arena on to Rod Laver Arena,” Tiley said on Channel 9.

“Anyone coming on site tomorrow with a grand pass can get into Rod Laver Arena and watch them play and not before 2:30, followed by Dylan, so stay and watch Dylan. We want to make Dylan’s match the most watched wheelchair tennis match in the history of the game tomorrow afternoon.”

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ROD LAVER ARENA

Day session – From 11:00am AEDT

Women’s Singles • Quarterfinals

D. Collins 27

A. Cornet

Day session – Not before 1:00pm AEDT

Women’s Singles • Quarterfinals

I. Swiatek 7

K. Kanepi

Day session – Not before 3:00pm AEDT

Men’s Singles • Quarterfinals

J. Sinner 11

S. Tsitsipas 4

Night session – From 7:30pm AEDT

Men’s Singles • Quarterfinals

F. Auger-Aliassime 9

D. Medvedev 2

12:40pm ANOTHER AMERICAN ADVANCES

American Danielle Collins is through to the Aus Open semi-finals after a dominant 6-1 finish in the second set.

Collins braved a 58-minute first set in the scorching heat to take it out 7-5.

11:40am DJOKER CONFIRMS TOUR RETURN

Joe Barton

Novak Djokovic could lose the world No.1 ranking on February 21 – but the Serbian star has confirmed his return to the court after this month’s incredible visa saga.

Djokovic’s 2022 has been an unmitigated disaster so far, with the 20-time slam champion unable to defend his Australian Open title after being deported from Australia over his unvaccinated status that led to legal dispute with Border Force and the Australian government.

As a result, he could slip from top spot in the ATP rankings as he’s unable to defend the points earned with last year’s title win. Should world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, the heavy favourite in the men’s draw, win this year’s crown he would slot in at No.1 on February 21 when the new rankings are released.

But Djokovic could reclaim the honour quickly, after being including on the entry list for the ATP 500 event in Dubai which runs from February 21 to 26.

Featuring alongside big names Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Alliasime, Jannik Sinner and Denis Shapovalov, as well as Australia’s Alex de Minaur, Djokovic will return to a tournament where he’s a five-time winner.

11:20am CROWD MEMBER ARRESTED

Victoria Police have confirmed a group of men were ejected from the Gael Monfils v Matteo Berrettini match on Tuesday night, with one man arrested for arrested for allegedly assaulting a staff.

“Police engaged with a small group of males in support of security, after complaints by patrons at Rod Laver Arena just after midnight,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

A 37-year-old man is alleged to have assaulted staff members at the venue before he was arrested around midnight.

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10:22am CROWD BOOST

Victorian health authorities have given the green light to boosting tennis crowds for a blockbuster weekend at the Australian Open.

Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, confirmed on Wednesday morning that chief health officer Brett Sutton has raised capacity to 65 per cent for the finals weekend.

“Breaking my self imposed Twitter hiatus (which I will return to – it’s blissful) to advise that the Chief Health Officer has agreed to increase the ticketed capacity of the Australian Open to 65% for the remainder of the tournament,” he wrote on Twitter.

7:45am NADAL STRUGGLING

An ailing Rafael Nadal said he was “destroyed physically” by his gritty five-set quarter-final win over Denis Shapovalov at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

But the Spanish great still managed to move to within two matches of a record 21st Grand Slam title with an incredible display of guts and resilience against the talented 22-year-old.

The sixth seed edged the Canadian 14th seed 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 4hr 8min of thrilling action on Rod Laver Arena.

“I was honestly destroyed physically. But my serve worked well, and for me, every game that I was winning with my serve was a victory,” said Nadal, who will have two days to recuperate before Friday’s semi-finals.

“Being in semi-finals means a lot to me and to have a victory against a great player after all the things that I went through, so it’s an amazing news. I’m super happy.” It will be Nadal’s seventh semi-final in Melbourne where he will meet Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini

Originally published as Australian Open 2022 live schedule, scores, results Australia Day: Crowd behaviour called out

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