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Tennis: Australian Open briefs

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A selection of brief stories from the Australian Open on Monday:

Drewett honoured

Roger Federer helped unveil a bust of Brad Drewett, the former president of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) who died last year aged 54 after a battle with motor neurone disease. Federer and tournament director Craig Tiley appeared at the gala event on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the night session on day one. The bust of Drewett will go on permanent display at Melbourne Park.

Novak Choc-ovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic surprised reporters by handing out chocolates at a press conference. The Serb, who also gave out chocolates after winning the tournament last year, personally walked around offering the box to about 50 journalists. "Everybody was asking serious questions, just relax and enjoy the chocolate," he said, assuring reporters the sweets were "gluten-free".

Aussie Ana

Australia continued its love affair with Serbian star Ana Ivanovic when Victoria's state premier Denis Napthine declared her an "honorary Victorian". The former French Open champion has a special place in Australian hearts due to her former relationship with golfer Adam Scott and because she has family in Melbourne. "She is one of our favourites and we wish her very well in the tournament and the year ahead," Napthine said, according to the Herald Sun. "Aussie Ana" follows the trend of "Aussie Kim" Clijsters, who dated Lleyton Hewitt.

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