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Australian Open Tennis Championships 2011

The first Grand Slam of the year begins in Melbourne Park on 17th January 2011. The organisers are hoping the East Coast's wet weather will have rained itself out by then. The second day of the Qualifying Competition was completely washed out with no competition balls hit at all.

A series of uninterrupted showers resulted in a complete washout, and it is the first time a day's play has been lost since the Australian Open relocated to Melbourne Park from Kooyong in 1998.

Jelena Dokic escaped the washout by taking to the indoor practice courts, sharing a court with the Slovakian player Daniela Hantuchova.

Dokic is desperate for a new beginning in the Australian Open as her first tournaments of 2011 have been a disaster. She lost in the second round of the Brisbane International in a match lasting just 46 minutes, she later blamed a stomach virus.

The lingering effects of her virus meant she lost in the Medibank International in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The seedings have been announced for the Australian Open with 32 Men's and 32 Women's seeds.

Men's Top 10 Seeds

  1. Rafael Nadal
  2. Roger Federer
  3. Novak Djokovic
  4. Robin Soderling
  5. Andy Murray
  6. Tomas Berdych
  7. David Ferrer
  8. Andy Roddick
  9. Fernando Verdasco
  10. Mikhail Youzhny

Women's Top Seeds

  1. Caroline Wozniacki
  2. Vera Zvonareva
  3. Kim Clijsters
  4. Venus Williams
  5. Samantha Stosur
  6. Francesca Schiavone
  7. Jelena Jankovic
  8. Victoria Azarenka
  9. Na Li Chan
  10. Shahar Peer

On Sunday afternoon 16th January a fund-raising event will be held in Melbourne Park "Rally For Relief" to raise money for the Queensland Flood victims. Attending the event will be top players Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters, Lleyton Hewitt, Sam Stosur and Pat Rafter.

There are various entertainment venues around Melbourne Park throughout the event. Grand Slam Oval has a large screen to watch the tennis whilst fans explore the friendly bars, shopping outlets and watch a mixture of live music and DJs.

Many prominent acts will bring a festive atmosphere to the Grand Slam Oval daily at afternoon and evening concerts. A full programme of the events can be found on the Australian Open website, www.australianopen.com

Garden Square also has a large screen to watch the tennis and featured there are more shops, roving entertainers, tennis hot shots and a "Meet the Players" autograph island.

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