I'll try and summarize the tentatitve 2nd week schedule for the AO, based on
the details at the Tennis Australia information booth at Flinders Park this
evening, and current draw standings
MONDAY (Day 8)
Completion of 4th Round matches for men and women:
Edberg v Krickstein Sancez v Habsudova
Eltingh v McEnroe Fernandez v Sawamatsu
Martin v Kafelnikov Novotna v Gavaldon
Rafter v Agassi Paulus v Werdel-Wittmeyer
The pressure of TV have been bowed to. Rafter v Agassi has been scheduled
for the evening session, with the added stipulation the it will not commence
before 8.30pm, the time live TV coverage begins here. I can handle that
stipulation, but the fact that Rafter will ahve played two consecutive
matches at night, and Agassi 2 out of 3 (on days when those in the day
session sweltered in heat wave conditions - yes, there is 30C forecast for
Monday) is just plain wrong and unfair to others in the draw.
Better be careful, or I'll start sounding like Micheal Stich.... :-)
TUESDAY (Day 9)
The men's and womens 1/4 finals will now both be split over two days, unlike
in previous years. Tuesday will see two of each. One of each will be played
in the day, and one of each at night. Presumably these will be between
todays victors, ie:
Sampras v Courier Zvereva v Pierce
Medvedev v Chang Davenport v Martinez
WEDNESDAY (Day 10)
Remaining 1/4 finals. Two womens and one mens will be played in the day
session. One mens 1/4 final at night. Presumably, these will be between the
winners of the MOnday matches.
THURSDAY (Day 11)
The 'exciting new' AO schedule really hits home. This is better than the US
Not two semi finals, but THREE semi finals are scheduled for this day!!!
Both women's, and one men's semi will be played!!
(No night session)
FRIDAY (Day 12)
The remaining men's semi is played, along with the women's doubles final,
and the 'Championships Doubles' final which will also be on Centre Court. I
think the Championship Doubles is a new politically correct name for the
men's over 45 doubles..... :-)
SATURDAY (Day 13)
Some normalitly returns with Women's final, followed by mens doubles final
SUNDAY (Day 14)
Mixed doubles final precedes men's final.
All of the above is of course subject to change due to weather, Tennis
Australia whims and Channell 7 TV demands!