Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler Wins Australian Open Doubles Title In A Surprise, Mardy Fish Is Kicked Out As US Davis Cup Captain

Brazilians Rafael Matos and Luisa Stefani beat Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza to win the mixed doubles title at the 2023 Australian Open. This was Mirza’s last grand slam tournament. (ATP)

Australian wildcards Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler won the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open. Hijikata played college tennis at the University of North Carolina and was an All-American there. (ESPN)

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova continued their doubles dominance by defending their doubles title at the Australian Open (WTA)

Belgian Alexander Blockx beat American Learner Tien to win the boy’s title while Alina Korneeva beat Mirra Andreeva to win the girls’ title. Tiener partnered with American Cooper Williams to win the boy’s doubles title beating Blockx and Joao Fonseca in the final. (ESPN)

It was a great Australian Open for the American men. Three Americans – Tommy Paul, Ben Shelton, and Sebastian Korda – reached the Australian Open quarterfinals. This is the first time in more than 20 years that this has happened. Paul went on to reach the semifinals where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Mardy Fish is no longer the US Davis Cup captain after his controversial decisions in the Davis Cup finals. David Nainkin will be the interim captain and Dean Goldfine will be the assistant coach. The US named Tommy Paul, Mackenzie McDonald, Denis Kudla, Rajeev Ram, and Austin Krajicek for its Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan that will be played Feb 3-4. (ESPN)

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Aryna Sabalenka Coached By Fellow Belarusian Anton Dubrov

Anton Dubrov is currently coaching Aryna Sabalenka. Before becoming her coach, Sabalenka was her hitting partner. Though there were a lot of ups and downs in terms of results, Dubrov was able to successfully help Sabalenka win her first grand slam at the 2023 Australian Open.

Coaching runs in Dubrov’s family – his grandfather Eduard Dubrov was also a tennis coach. Anton Dubrov is from Belarus, just like Sabalenka, and played at the ITF level before turning to coaching. Prior to working with Dubrov, Aryna Sabalenka worked with  Dmitry Tursunov and Dieter Kindlman.

In 2022, Anton Dubrov wanted to stop coaching Sabalenka telling her, “‘I think I’m done, I can’t give you anything else.”. But Sabalenka insisted on continuing the partnership. That was the right decision for the Belarusian as she rose to world number 2 after her Australian Open triumph. Not surprisingly, Dubrov broke down in tears.

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