Wayne prepares watching children's shows

While some players listen to music or go for a light jog before a match, Wayne Arthurs, sits down with his 10-month-old daughter to watch children's shows.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Melbourne:While some players listen to music or go for a light jog before a match, Wayne Arthurs, the oldest man in the Australian Open singles draw at 35, sits down with his 10-month-old daughter, Amber, to watch children's shows. "It's nice to wake up, you have a smiling, happy face that looks at you every morning," said Arthurs. "We watch Sesame Street and all that sort of thing. I love Bert and Ernie. I'm learning The Wiggles song day by day." The Australian veteran, who plans to retire sometime this year, received a wild card entry from organisers, and is doing a good job of repaying the favor. He'll play American Mardy Fish in the third round on Friday. He beat another American, qualifier Zack Fleishman, in the second round. The big-serving lefthander had 26 aces in his win over Fleishman. "I'm very happy with the results so far, to be able to get through at this late stage of my career to a third round of a Grand Slam," Arthurs said. "It's nice, when it's your last one, to have a couple of wins and enjoy the crowd and just soak it up for a few more days." Fish said his return of serve will be important against Arthurs. "You like your chances if you can get his serve back, but that's the problem, you've got to get his serve back," Fish said. "It's, in my opinion, one of the best serves I've ever seen. He's a leftie, you just have no clue where it's going."

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