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Rafa Nadal & Rod Laver launch Australian Open 2016 in Shanghai


Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Rod Laver – two of the greatest left-handed players in the history of the sport – joined forces in Shanghai today for the first ever international launch of the Australian Open.

“Every year I look forward to play in Melbourne, I have great memories of not only winning the title but each year is a great experience for me as a player,”
“It’s fantastic to play at the ‘Happy Slam’ and for us, it’s true – we love to play the Australian Open and we’re always happy to be there. It’s exciting to launch the event here in Shanghai. Tennis has become so popular in Asia and it’s great to share our sport of tennis with all our fans.”

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