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Australian Open 100th edition just got started
One of the biggest grand slams for the year, 2012 has kick started today at Melbourne Park. The winners of the tournament will receive USD 2,367,850 each in both the men's and the women's singles title.

THE FIRST grand slam of the year, Australian Open, has started from today at Melbourne Park, coming to an end on Jan. 29, 2012. This year, the Championship is going to be a bit more special as it is also the 100th edition of the Australian Open. The players in the tournament will be fighting it out for prize money of USD 2,367,850, which the winner of the men’s and the women’s singles will be receiving. USD 1,183,926, would be given to the runners up, reported Yahoo.

 
There are a large number of contenders in both the men’s and the women’s category, who would be eager to lay their hands on the prestigious trophy. They have to play their best tennis for 2 weeks or so, if they are come closer to the elusive trophy, which was won by Novak Djokovic last year in the men’s singles and Kim Clijsters in the women’s singles.
 
The competition for the men’s title could be a tough fight between the top four seeded players for the tournament. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have been seeded first, second, third and fourth respectively. All these players have a great chance to win the tournament and they could have a winning start for the year, 2012. It could also be a great confidence booster to the player for future tournaments.

Many experts are also of the view that Federer looked strong as the ATP tour was approaching to an end last year. If he could continue with the same venom, it could be a great sight for the sport itself, as Roger did not have a good season last year. Djokovic had an incredible run least season and would like to repeat his performance this year too. No one can ever count out Nadal, who has always been one of the top performers in the circuit. Murray has roped in Ivan Lendl as his coach, reflecting his eagerness to improve in the year 2012.
 
In the ladies circuit, as usual it is wide open and it could be any one‘s game. The four grand slams that was played last year was won by 4 different ladies, showing that there is no such domination in the game, which augers well for the sport. The top 6 seeds for the tournament are Caroline Wozniacki,   Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Na Li and Samantha Stosur. But outside the top 6 too, there are very strong players such as Marion Bartoli (9th seed), Kim Clijsters (11th seed), Serena Williams (12th seed), so the fight for the ladies title is going to be a huge battle, which could excite the fans too.
 
The fans at Melbourne Park would benefit the most throughout the tournament, as they will be witnessing quality players in action displaying their skills day in and out. The tournament, being the first grand slam, would be full of energy, as players would not be complaining about fatigue and excessive matches.
 


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