Aussie Open = Big Pay Day / Fed Cup Worcester

While the NBA has cancelled it’s preseason; while the Texas Rangers eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS; while the iconic New Orleans Superdome now carries the naming flag of a German auto manufacturer (yes – that’s for real); and while Mizzou is now considering an exodus from the Big-12…

…Tennis continues its late-season Asian swing, with plenty to talk about.

First of all – Andy Roddick’s first-round loss to Kevin Anderson in the China Open: Obviously, he’s not interested in answering any questions about potential retirement

The U.S. Open is no longer the sport’s richest Grand Slam, as the Australian Open announced this week that both the Men’s and Women’s Singles Champions will earn $2.2-million (U.S.).

In February…Super Bowl Weekend – I’ll be in Worcester, Massachusetts with the United States Fed Cup Team as they host Belarus, with Serena Williams on-board. These are truly significant matches in 2012 if the U.S. is to vault back into the Fed Cup’s World Group.

On the Asian tour – Mardy Fish, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and David Nalbandian are among those still alive in Tokyo; while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych are among those still playing at the China Open…

On the women’s side, a huge win for Ana Ivanovic today, defeating the 3-seed and last week’s finalist in Tokyo, Vera Zvonareva. Sam Stosur was also defeated in the second-round by Maria Kirilenko.