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Australian Open FAQs

MELBOURNE, Australia -- With the first major of the year just moments from kicking off, we wanted to answer the 21 pressing questions we know you have.

Hope this helps:

1. Is there a general sense of parity within today's ATP landscape, considering there were four different Grand Slam winners a year ago?

Yes.

2. Is there a general sense of supremacy within the ATP landscape, considering the top three seeds, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are the same top three seeds we had in Australia as far back as seven years ago?

Yes.

3. Does 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer believe he's ready to win the Australian Open?

Yes.

4. Does 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal believe he's ready to win the Australian Open?

No.

5. Is there anyone who believes Rafael Nadal?

No.

6. In an enticing first-round match in Australia, is it possible Sloane Stephens will lose to Victoria Azarenka?

Yes.

7. In an enticing first-round match in Australia, is it possible Victoria Azarenka will lose to Sloane Stephens?

Yes.

8. According to her pre-tournament press conference, does Serena Williams know the last name of her first-round opponent?

No.

9. Is that an ominous sign for Serena Williams' first-round opponent?

Yes.

10. Does Serena Williams' first-round opponent have a last name?

Yes.

11. According to her pre-tournament press conference, does Eugenie Bouchard believe she should shut down all social media networking while competing?

Yes.

12. According to her pre-tournament press conference, if Eugenie Bouchard sees a funny picture, will she share it on social media?

Yes.

13. Are players generally relieved that the weather forecast calls for cooler temperatures than last year's record-setting heat that sent hundreds to the hospital in Melbourne?

Yes.

14. Are muscle cramping, severe dehydration, fainting, vomiting, hallucinations and a sea of red faces common manifestations of playing tennis in temperatures that surpass 100 degrees for days at a time?

Yes.

15. Last season, did Caroline Wozniacki's water bottle melt on the court?

Yes.

16. Last season, did Ivan Dodig believe he was going to die on the court while playing in oppressive, inhumane heat?

Yes.

17. Last season, did Ivan Dodig die on court while playing in oppressive, inhumane heat?

No.

18. Last season, while suffering heat-induced delusions, did Frank Dancevic believe he saw Snoopy on the court?

Yes.

19. Is it possible Borna Coric, who says he's as good as Andy Murray on a bad day, suffers from delusions of grandeur?

Yes.

20. If you are caught flipping off fans, swearing at umpires, smashing your racket into smithereens or committing any other grievous offense, are you subject to disciplinary action from the court umpire?

Yes.

21. If you are caught flipping off fans, swearing at umpires, smashing your racket into smithereens or committing any other grievous offense for the fourth time, will the referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam Chief of Supervisors, kick you out of the tournament? And will that video then go viral?

Yes. And yes.