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/ Sports/ TennisWhole new ballgameUpdated: 2013-01-14 21:11By Sun Xiaochen ( China Daily)Comments Print Mail Large Medium  SmallChinas Wu Di faces vastly greater expectations in Melbourne, writes Sun Xiaochen.It is not Wu Dis debut at Melbourne Park, but it is definitely his most important appearance.Wu Di of China serves during a practice session at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 13, 2013.[Photo/Agencies]The world No 186 player, who will play his first Grand Slam main draw match on Tuesday, has already found his Australian Open schedule packed with various off-court assignments.Major media outlets including Reuters and the New York Times booked one-on-one interviews with him, and local newspaper The Age posted a large picture of a grinning Wu with a detailed profile on Monday to introduce the low-profile young man.Reporters even surrounded the practice courts for closer glimpses of the Chinese player in scenes reminiscent of those of big names like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.The tournaments organizing committee even arranged as tour of the citys Chinatown to let him meet the local Chinese community, which is regarded as a major consumer demographic during the event.That has all been well outside of the 21-year-olds imagination, although he is fully aware of the significance of his presence.”I felt very nervous at the beginning because this time was so different than my first time playing here,” Wu told China Daily after practice on Monday. “The layout and visibility in the park might have changed a bit, but thats not the main thing.”Wus first appearance at Melbourne Park was in 2008, when he reached the quarterfinals of the junior event, a feat that didnt draw much attention in China.”I still remember the players lounge was pretty empty during the boys tournament because it was after the senior games. But now, all the lockers are booked and I occasionally meet big stars like (Andy) Murray,” he said.”Its actually a bigger challenge to get my mind used to the atmosphere and the outside attention while remaining focused on my game.”Previous Page1 2 Next PagePrevious Page1 2 Next Page8.03KRelated StoriesWu refreshed at China Town before Australian OpenLeading contenders for womens title at Australian OpenTitle holders start Australian Open defencePlayers get Aussie treats ahead of Australian OpenNadal to miss Australian Open due to illnessPhotoBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsAttacks and threats affected sporting events in historyMedical issue keeps tall teen off teamYe Shiwen in Beijing running festival Scott ends Australias Masters jinxF1 models eye-catching at Shanghai Grand PrixTeen golfer shoots 73 on 1st day at MastersAiling Messi inspires Barca to comeback against PSG More Sports NewsChampion Kipsang plots London win for KenyaBoston tragedy warning to security, says BlatterRasheed Wallace announces retirementArmstrongs samples showed steroids in 1999 – UCIDjokovic battles through pain, Nadal cruisesLondon marathon will bring people togetherMore Top NewsChinese ambassador calls for anti-terror co-opJournalist killed in construction accidentMost Chinese cities see higher home pricesChinese boat on fire in Antarctic, 97 rescuedFaster Internet to reach more parts of ChinaNZ legalizes same-sex marriageMost ViewedTodays Top NewsScores dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastDPRK lists conditions for talks64,500 have over 100m yuanFamily infected by H7N9 testedBear bile industry gets bittenXi expresses concern for Chinese victims in Boston blastsBritain stages funeral for ThatcherEditors PicksApple on sale for $980Pole dancing breaks out on subway in C China Many dead in Texas fertilizer plant blastQueen of the elderly Baby joy for star figure skating pairBeijing marathon lovers mourn Boston victimsHot TopicsCPC National Congress,Mo Yan, Bogu Kailai, Diaoyu Islands, iPhone, Yao Ming, Sun Yang, Li Na, Liu Xiang, shenzhou, taiwan, hiv, school bus, house, hk, rare earth, food safetySpecial CoverageFootball penalties too softChinese players shine at Australian Open Sports icons who lead a changeEuro 2012 football championshipVideoSlidePodcastPicturesFollow the AmbassadorsParis seeks to regain lusterKazakhstan Fashion Week kicks offCountdown to Venezuela vote
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