Australia

Sydney crowds queue 18 hours for New Year fireworks

Sydney - An estimated 1.5 million people welcomed 2009 by watching the traditional spectacular fireworks display over Sydney Harbour which this year featured the theme "Creation" over the city's iconic bridge.

Gasquet determined to lift himself back into Top 10 contention

Australia - Richard Gasquet is determined to turn around his once-promising tennis, with the aim of catching up with on-fire contemporaries Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in 2009.

Shark attacks man near Australian beach

Shark attacks man near Australian beachSydney - A sea-and-air search failed to find any trace of a man who was attacked by a shark while snorkelling for crabs just six metres from the beach in Western Australia on Saturday, news reports said.

Laver to be honoured on 40th anniversary of Grand Slam success

Melbourne - Legend Rod Laver will be honoured for his part in tennis history next month as the Australian Open brings together the great man and those he defeated on the 40th anniversary of his tennis Grand Slam.

It was 1969 when the man they called the Rockhampton Rocket won all four majors in the same calendar year, the last man to achieve the feat.

Australian icon Newcombe places his bet on Hewitt comeback

Sydney - Lleyton Hewitt's intense tune-up this month with coach Tony Roche as he plots his return to tennis five months after hip surgery has drawn praise from senior Australian icon John Newcombe.

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