Sporting Digest: Tennis

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The Independent Online
The centre court at Melbourne Park, the venue for the Australian Open, has been renamed in honour of Rod Laver and will now be known as the "Rod Laver Arena".

Patrick Rafter has pulled out of the Australian men's hardcourt championship in Adelaide, from 3-9 January, and the Colonial Classic at Kooyong, from 12-15 January, due to his persistent shoulder injury. Rafter has not played competitively since injuring his shoulder while defending his US Open title in New York in September.