Players will have an additional five seconds between points at next year's Australian Open but time-wasters will have nowhere to hide thanks to the introduction of shot-clocks.
Serena says record win was 'all heart'
Andy Murray and Serena Williams are set to compete at the opening Grand Slam of next year, the Australian Open.
The British No1 looks certain to miss the remainder of the season with a hip problem while Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, last month and has not played since winning the title in Melbourne nine months ago.
Roger Federer said winning an 18th grand slam and extending his lead at the top of the list of most prolific major winners was a long way from being the most satisfying thing about winning his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday.
1. ROGER AND RAFA AREN’T DONE YET
The 35-year-old overcame her sister Venus 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to claim her seventh Melbourne crown and secure an Open-era record 23rd grand slam title.
It means she moves above Steffi Graf in the all-time list and now stands just one short of Margaret Court's unmatched 24.
Rafael Nadal's hopes of a 15th grand slam title were crushed by an inspired Roger Federer in the Australian Open final on Sunday but the rejuvenated Spaniard was already rubbing his hands together with the prospect of a "special" season on clay.
Roger Federer became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles title in 45 years, defeating his longtime rival Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, on Sunday to win the Australian Open for the fifth time.
The performances of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in reaching the final of this year's Australian Open have served a timely reminder as to what men's tennis was missing when both were sidelined last year.
Two-time Australian Open finalist Venus Williams is taking nothing but positives from her run to this year's Melbourne final, and with good reason.
It was her first major final since 2009 Wimbledon where, just like today, she faced off against her younger sister. And she did it without dropping a set until the semifinals.
Serena Williams said she had to dig deep to see off her sister Venus and finally win a record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Serena overcame a nervy and error-strewn start when she smashed a racquet in frustration before reeling in a tense 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour, 22 minutes.