Adopted Australians

The Australian Open has always been a time that native players dread simply because there hasn’t been enough Australians progressing through the latter stages consistently. Therefore, we have always been proud to talk up players who share something Australian and accept them as our own. Three players come into mind.

1. Kim Clijsters

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– Long known as “Aussie Kim” for her relationship with Lleyton Hewitt

– Although their relationship has ended, Clijsters is still embraced by the Australian public


2. Alexandr Dolgopolov

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– Affiliated with the country through Jack Reader, an Australian coach

– They have shared a successful partnership, with the Ukrainian improving from 310 to a career best 15 in a space of three years

3. Ana Ivanovic

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– In recent years, known as “Aussie Ana” for her on off relationship with golfer Adam Scott

– Arrived in Australia late last year to cheer her boyfriend on during the Presidents Cup and other golf tournaments


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