Spoilt for choice in a summer of sport

Timna Jacks 1:40 PM   Sports fans across the state are biting their nails over the summer's smorgasbord of sport.

New Aussie Tomljanovic gets a 'home' wildcard

Ajla Tomljanovic is set for her Brisbane debut.

Tennis Australia keeps doing its best to ensure Croatian-born Ajla Tomljanovic starts life in Queensland with a bang.

Kyrgios' surprising new partnership

Nick Kyrgios during his famous win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios has signed as an ambassador for Malaysia Airlines.

Kyrgios ready to face summer of expectation

Nick Kyrgios

Michael Carayannis   A mentally and physically stronger Nick Kyrgios is ready to face his first Australian tennis summer with heightened expectations head on as he is boosted by the return of a former coach and a new resolve.

Kyrgios knows he can't escape spotlight

Nick Kyrgios checks out the new courts at the Canberra Tennis Centre earlier this month.

Nick Kyrgios says he's ready to carry the hopes of a nation as he looks to kick on from his spectacular 2014 season with a hot start to the Australian summer of tennis.

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Jordan Thompson in winning Australian Open wildcard ordeal

See you in Melbourne: Jordan Thompson will play the 2015 Australian Open.

Linda Pearce   A golf cart collected Jordan Thompson from courtside after his epic Australian Open wildcard win, and delivered the debilitated back-to-back playoff champion to an ice bath.

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Poulos becomes first Canberran since Kyrgios to win national title

 Annerly Poulos

Jon Tuxworth   The last Canberran to win a national title was Australia's rising star Nick Kyrgios, but coach Todd Larkham says it's far too early to tell whether Annerly Poulos will follow his foosteps after claming the under-12 national title at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

Gavrilova wins Australian Open wildcard

Daria Gavrilova

Linda Pearce   Daria Gavrilova was on crutches 12 months ago lamenting her misfortune, as she watched her boyfriend Luke Saville and housemate Storm Sanders contest an Australian Open wildcard playoff she was eligible to enter for the first time.

Australian Open final one of Nadal's 'hardest moments' in tennis

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce   Rafael Nadal admits that the last time he set foot on an Australian tennis court was one of the most difficult: last January, when a back injury, misdiagnosed as sportsmanship by a cynical crowd, soured the 14-time major winner's dramatic Australian Open final against to Stan Wawrinka.

Smith into Australian Open tennis wildcard final

Big-hitting left-hander John-Patrick Smith has been in fine form.

Second seed John-Patrick Smith has won through to the final of the Australian Open wildcard play-off.

Kyrgios ready to take next step

Nick Kyrgios

Chris Dutton   Nick Kyrgios is out to prove he is no one-match wonder when the Australian summer of tennis begins.

Sam Stosur ready for another summer fling

In the frame: Sam Stosur is all concentration at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Linda Pearce   Sam Stosur will enter yet another Australian summer as the highest-ranked Australian, building towards the home grand slam she acknowledges is different, if not necessarily harder, than any of the other three. "More people want to talk to me, I know more people in the corridors, all that kind of stuff," says Stosur.

Kvitova ready to conquer demons at Australian Open

Pressure: Petra Kvitova celebrates her second Wimbledon triumph this year.

Lisa Visentin   When Petra Kvitova won her maiden grand slam title in 2011, the young up-and-comer was not ready to shoulder the weighty expectation that accompanies a Wimbledon champion.

Williams, Djokovic top ITF awards

Top of their game: Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were named as men's and women's World Champions for 2014 on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation.

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Saville out of Aus Open wildcard playoff

Luke Saville.

Linda Pearce   Luke Saville's quest to win an Australian Open wildcard may have been ended prematurely by a hamstring injury, but the former world No.1 junior hopes the national selectors will take his playoff participation into account when allocating the discretionary main draw invitations next month.

Injury forces Saville out of Australian Open playoff

Luke Saville was forced to withdraw from the wildcard playoff.

Linda Pearce   Luke Saville has withdrawn from the Australian Open wildcard playoff with a hamstring injury.

Injury forces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jack Sock out of Hopman Cup

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will not compete in the Hopman Cup.

Brad Elborough   A persistent arm injury has forced world number 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to pull out of next month's Hopman Cup in Perth.

No wildcards left in Australian Open playoff

Luke Saville plays a forehand against Christopher O'Connell during the Australian Open wildcard playoffs.

Linda Pearce   Top seeds Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith, No. 4 Ben Mitchell and defending champion Jordan Thompson have advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open wildcard playoff, with the coveted main draw entry to January's grand slam to be decided on Sunday.

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Bai a step closer to an Australian Open wildcard

Alison Bai in action for Canberra Velocity in the Asia Pacific Tennis League.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra's Alison Bai booked a quarter-final spot against top seed Olivia Rogowska in the Australian Open wildcard play-off after coming from behind to beat Isabella Holland in the first round.

Rogowska vies for Australian Open wildcard

Olivia Rogowska plays a backhand in her first-round match against Seone Mendez at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce   Olivia Rogowska is determined to keep reminding herself that this has been her best season, even as the late-entry top seed finds herself back at Melbourne Park attempting to win an Australian Open wildcard for yet another year.