Rafael Nadal made sure that 2016 would not repeat itself as he kicked off his Melbourne campaign. A year ago, Nadal lost to the aforementioned Verdasco, but looked dominant on Monday. The Spaniard rolled past Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
American Serena Williams began her quest for a 23rd Grand Slam title on Tuesday as she kicked off her Australian Open campaign, and the world number two did so by moving past Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3 in just one hour and 19 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
The new shiny USTA Center in Lake Nona, Fla. looks amazing, but looks aren't everything when it comes to building champions. This beautiful facility is 64 acres on a $63 million dollar (at least) campus with more than 100 tennis courts.