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Australian Open

By Filip Singer

Andy Murray of Britain reacts against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their fourth round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 25 January 2015. epa/Filip Singer

Andy Murray of Britain reacts against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their fourth round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 25 January 2015. epa/Filip Singer

Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament for me. I knew it was going to be something different, something special. The first four days before the tournament we covered many training sessions of top seed players and press conferences. ‘Melbourne Park’ looked to me like a small tennis city with its 22 outside courts.

Everything was planned down to the minute, and there was no room for mistakes. Every morning, our chief photographer Barbara Walton would deliver a schedule to the international epa crew. The first day I panicked after receiving a list full of matches from morning until the night. Sometimes I only had a few minutes for one match and then jumped over to another court for a few action images only to go back to the previous match for match point, celebrations of winners or reactions of losers.

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Andreas Seppi of Italy in their third round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 23 January 2015. epa/Filip Singer

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts against Andreas Seppi of Italy in their third round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 23 January 2015. epa/Filip Singer

International clients especially need coverage of their countries’ players. This is a challenge for editors sitting at our epa/AAP hut, handling hundreds of images at a time, non-stop. Matches of top players like Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova and others are covered by at least four photographers. Some shooters concentrate on action, celebrations and dejections of players, while others sit in elevated positions and still others do feature pictures like fans, main views of arenas etc.

A Swiss fan reacts as he watches Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in action against Kei Nishikori of Japan in their quarter final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 28 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

A Swiss fan reacts as he watches Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in action against Kei Nishikori of Japan in their quarter final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 28 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

During the second week I had more time to play with details and especially with the amazing late afternoon light.

General view of the Rod Laver Arena as Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays against Andy Murray of Britain in their quarter-finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 27 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

General view of the Rod Laver Arena as Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays against Andy Murray of Britain in their quarter-finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 27 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

I always enjoy shooting when I’m sitting on the roof of arenas on ‘cat walk’ position, or during training with some interesting images of players’ details.

The back of Maria Sharapova of Russia, as she plays against Alexandra Panova, also of Russia, during their second round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 21 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

The back of Maria Sharapova of Russia, as she plays against Alexandra Panova, also of Russia, during their second round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 21 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, pictured through a perforated fence, in action against Julia Goerges of Germany during their second round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 21 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, pictured through a perforated fence, in action against Julia Goerges of Germany during their second round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 21 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

But the key to good coverage is team spirit and cooperation. Sometimes I had good strong pictures from my position and sometimes one of my teammates had better pictures from their position in different angles. Good results are the product of team cooperation and good planning. During the fourth round of matches we stopped rotating positions. Everybody from our crew suddenly felt much more familiar with their positions and angles for semifinals and final matches. During semifinals and finals we concentrated on every minute detail like the injured finger of Djokovic or Serena Williams’s cough.

Serena Williams of the US reacts during play against Madison Keys of the US in their semi-finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 29 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

Serena Williams of the US reacts during play against Madison Keys of the US in their semi-finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 29 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

My 17–day assignment finished with pictures of overjoyed winners celebrating with trophies.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia jubilates with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning against Andy Murray of Britain in their men's finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 01 February 2015. This is the fifth time Djokovic has won the Australian Open. epa / Filip Singer

Novak Djokovic of Serbia jubilates with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning against Andy Murray of Britain in their men’s finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 01 February 2015. This is the fifth time Djokovic has won the Australian Open. epa / Filip Singer

Serena Williams of the US poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning against Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women's finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 31 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

Serena Williams of the US poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning against Maria Sharapova of Russia in their women’s finals match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 31 January 2015. epa / Filip Singer

Seventeen days only concentrating on taking good pictures of tennis actions, celebrations and dejections.

epa photographer Filip Singer (C) in action during the Australian Open 2015.

epa photographer Filip Singer (C) in action during the Australian Open 2015 in Melbourne on 29 January 2015. epa / Made Nagi

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