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Biggest Meltdowns in Australian Open History

By raph sebbag 1 month ago 166 Views

The Australian Open has had it’s fair share of meltdown’s during it’s 114 year history. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the high-stakes, or the passionate crowd, but the Australian Open seems to bring out the best and the worst of players. Here we celebrate the entertaining worst, with the top 5 meltdowns in Australian Open history.

5. Andy Roddick – 2008 Australian Open (3R)

Andy was known for his sharp tongue almost as much as his giant serve. Coming up against a red hot big-hitting German in Phillip Kohlshreiber, Andy’s frustration boiled over in the 4th set, directing his ire at the umpire, culminating in the infamous line "stay in school kids, or you’ll end up being an umpire". Andy would eventually lose in 5 thrilling sets of explosive tennis - despite hitting a career best 42 aces.

4. Coco Vandewghe - Australian Open 2018 (1R)

It all started with bananas. After losing the first set, Coco asked for bananas to eat during changeover. The umpire called time, and the bananas were nowhere to be found. She refused to get up and play until the bananas arrived claiming "I have needs and it's not my fault that this court is ill-prepared."

The bananas didn’t help her game, and after going 5-1 down in the 2nd set, she lost her cool, smashing her racket on the ground and sending some choice words across the net to her opponent. Many claimed the American had mouthed the words "f*** off you f***ing bitch".

3. Marcos Baghdatis – 2012 Australian Open (2R)

This might be my favourite meltdown in tennis history. It perfectly encapsulates frustration in the heat of the battle, but because it’s Marcos Baghdatis he has to finish with a smile. Oh yeah, and he completely destroys 4(!) rackets in under a minute.

2. Nick Kyrgios - 2017 australian open (2R)

Nick Kyrgios is not stranger to controversy at the Australian Open. But this was arguably his most controversial and head scratching tennis match. Nick was 2 sets up and looked to be cruising to the 3rd round, but a sudden lapse in concentration marked the beginning of self-destruction. For the next 3 sets he would play erratically, sometimes trying his heart out, other times looking disinterested before losing in 5 sets, smashing a racket and swearing at the crowd along the way. Does he lack belief? Does he crack under pressure? Or does he just not care? Either way, Nick is always entertaining, even if not always in the most positive way..

1. John McEnroe – 1990 Australian Open (4R)

McEnroe, king of tantrums was always going to be #1 on this list. And this one’s a doozy. He was leading comfortably against Swede Mikael Penfors, but not without throwing some tamtrums in classic Mac style.

He received his first warning for intimidating a lineswoman and lost a point for smashing a racquet before he was defaulted from the tournament when he unleashed a fresh set of abuse at umpire Gerry Armstrong. Not realising that the rule for being defaulted had been changed from 4 code vialations to 3, he was shocked when he became the first and only tennis player in the open era to be defaulted from the Australian Open.

Make sure you don't miss out on the action at the 2019 Australian Open. Get your tickets here.

Top 5 NBA Stars Playing in Boomers vs Team USA

By raph sebbag 5 months ago 959 Views

NBA's biggest stars are coming to Australia as The Boomers takes on Team USA in 2 blockbuster matches to take place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on the 22nd and 24th of August 2019.

Executive Chairman of the NBL, Larry Kestelman said the two-game series would be the "biggest basketball event ever held in Australia."

The last time the Boomers and Team USA matched up, was the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Team USA winning 98-88 in a closely fought contest.

With the games taking place just 1 week prior to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China that commences on August 31, Team USA and Australia are set to field the strongest available line-ups in their final tune-up before the tournament.

And with a record 10 Australians currently playing for NBA teams, the matchup is going to be chock-full of NBA stars and the best of the best of international basketball. This is one event that Aussie basketball fans will not want to miss! (Get Tickets Here)

Here are the top 5 NBA stars likely to be playing in the Boomers vs Team USA blockbuster:

1. Lebron James

Arguably the greatest NBA player of all time and the biggest name in basketball since Michael Jordan, Lebron James is a living legend of the sport. He is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and made it to the NBA Finals 8 consecutive years among many other accolades and accomplishments. Lebron made an estimated $86 million last year, and is well on his way to becoming the second billionaire basketball player since Michael Jordan. It's good to be king.

2. Steph Curry

Steph Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors and has been called by many the greatest shooter in NBA history, holding the record for most 3-pointers in a single season (402). In 2016 he became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90.

The two-time MVP signed the NBA's first $200 million contract last summer. The five-year deal guarantees $201 million from the Warriors. Not content with his achievements on the basketball court, Steph started a production company, Unaimous Media, to produce film and television projects with a focus on family, faith, and sports themes.

3. Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons was born and raised in Melbourne and arguably the sport's hottest rising star, not only rubbing shoulders with NBA greats, but also hip-hop stars Drake and Meek Mill. Oh and he's dating Kendal Jenner. Simmons currently players for the Philadelphia 76ers and was named 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year to back up his star status with plenty of talent and skill. Simmons is Australia's first legitimate basketball superstar, and will be the face of the sport back home for the next decade.

4. James Harden

James Harden is a 6 time NBA All-Star earning All-NBA Team honors five times and is regarded by one of the best shooters and overall players in NBA. Harden was awarded the 2018 Most Valuable Player and is also one of the highest paid players, resigning with the Houston Rockets in a deal that is worth $169 million over 4 years.

5. Patty Mills

Patty Mills has been Australia’s most consistent performer in the NBA over the last five seasons, helping the San Antonio Spurs to the 2014 Championship. He recently resigned with the Spurs for $50 million over 4 years.

Mills is also a regular member of The Boomers, becoming only the third indigenous basketball player to play for Australia and in 2012 he averaged a tournament-leading 21.2 points per game during the London Olympics. Expect him to play a key role when The boomers take on Team USA.

There will be plenty more stars playing when the Boomers take on Team USA in Melbourne next year including the likes of Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum and Matthew Dellavedova amongst other superstar Boomers and “Aussie” Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis all potentially representing Team USA.

This is one event that basketball and sporting fans will not want to miss! Get Tickets here.

Most Iconic Moments of Cher’s 50+ Year Career

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It's hard to believe but Cher turned 72 this year. 72. But when most 72 year olds are well into retirement and watching daytime TV, Cher has instead decided she wants to tour Australia in 2018. And after her stunning performance at this year's Mardi Gras, we can't wait to witness the phenomenon that is Cher.

5 Times Michael McIntyre Made Us Laugh Until We Cried

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Michael McIntryre is coming down under with his Big World Tour in March 2019, performing arena shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.

McIntryre's shows regularly sell out, and he's sold over 1.5 million tickets in his home nation, including a record-breaking 28 shows at London's O2 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue in 2015.

Ultimate Guide to Dreamtime at the G

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Dreamtime at the G is an annual AFL match between Essendon and Richmond football clubs. Since 2005, the clubs have met on the field to acknowledge the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the game and Australia as a whole.

This year, Dreamtime at the G will be held on Saturday 2 June during round 11 of the AFL. After the high of last year’s premiership win, Richmond are favourites to take out the battle for the fourth time in a row, and extend their advantage to 8 vs Essendon’s 6 victories.

Let’s Go Girls: 5 Must-Haves To Be Ready For Shania Twain’s Australian Tour

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The best-selling female country artist in the world is headed our way, and Shania Twain’s 2018 Australian and New Zealand tour is set to show that she’s still the one!

It’s been 20 years but Shania Twain returns to our shores with her ‘Now 2018’ tour, having released her latest album of the same name in 2017.

The power of Celine Dion: 10 songs we want on the Australian tour

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With a three-decade career and five Grammy awards under her belt, Celine Dion’s Australian tour is one you won’t want to miss.

Celine Dion’s Live 2018 tour will showcase her incredible career and host of hits that have seen her become one of the world’s most recognisable names in music. The tour covers Australia and New Zealand with dates scheduled across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as Auckland.

Most Memorable Anzac Day AFL Match Moments

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The AFL ANZAC Day clash is a hotly anticipated event on Australia’s sporting calendar, taking place on April 25 each year.

It has become a cemented AFL tradition for archrival teams Essendon and Collingwood to provide a must-see match each year. Since it first took place in 1995 we’ve seen so many close matches, on field drama and all round incredible football.

Australian Open 2018 Week 2 Preview

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After a grueling and electrifying few days of tennis the opening week of the Australian Open is done and dusted. Unfortunately, locals will have to wait at least another year to crown a home grown men’s singles champion as Australian Nick Kyrgios went down to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a 4 set nail biter on Sunday night.

Highlights of the Lead Up to the 2018 Australian Open

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