Countdown (Under) begins to season's first Slam

Injuries highlight the men not playing for the men at the Australian Open, while just about everyone is in and healthy for the women.

Updated: January 18, 2006, 5:19 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

SYDNEY, Australia -- While it might seem like only yesterday that Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters were holding aloft their U.S. Open singles crowns in New York, the tennis world has awakened from its annual 20-minute power nap (actually, about a six-week offseason) and congregated Down Under for the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open.

Injuries already have knocked out three of the top players on the men's side: No. 2 Rafael Nadal; No. 7 Andre Agassi; and defending champion,No. ...

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