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Training for 2015 Already Underway
By Burton Vanderfliet, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Thursday, December 25, 2014 10:49pm PST USA
Training for 2015 Already Underway MIAMI--While many ordinary tennis players indulge in holiday hams and sweets, professional tennis players worldwide are already training on the tennis court and in the gym for the start of the 2015 tennis season which begins the first week of January and is focused in Australia.

And while many club and parks players hope for a white Christmas, top professional tennis players spend Christmas in some of the hottest temperatures worldwide as they prepare for the summer Australian heat by practicing

siblings Patrik Wozniacki and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark | Image: P. Wozniacki
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The 2015 Australian Open will take place January 19 through February 1st.

in cities such as Miami or Dubai.

Florida, a tennis mecca, hosts top players such as Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA, Andy Murray of Great Britain and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

The first week of tennis tournaments for 2015 begin the week of January 5th in cities such as Brisbane, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Doha, Qatar.

Then after another week of warm-up tournaments, tennis’ first of four grand slams or most important and largest tournaments; the Australian Open begins January 19th in Melbourne, Australia.

The two week long Australian Open recently changed its heat policy for 2015 after several matches were delayed during extreme oncourt temperatures of more than 104 degrees during the 2014 tournament which caused several tennis players to faint or suffer from heat strokes.

And with the Melbourne January summer a well known scorcher, many players welcomed the news that a roof had been added to a third tournament tennis court.

Under the new heat rules for the tournament, should the ambient temperature exceed 104 degrees, “at the completion of the even number of games in that set or the completion of tie break, play will be suspended.”

Under the previous rules, there was no set temperature which would trigger a delay in play with the call being made at the referee’s discretion.

The 2015 Australian Open will take place January 19 through February 1st.

2014 women’s champion Na Li of China will miss the event as she retired in September from professional tennis. However the men’s defending champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland is set to return.

Top ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Serena Williams of the USA both will enter the tournament as favorites to win.

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