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I can't believe we are actually talking about the 2013 Australian Open already (no rest for the weary!), but here it goes: the fans have spoken, and the players gracing the cover of the 2013 program for the first Slam of the year are Maria SharapovaSerena Williams, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.

I'm all for giving this power to the fans -- what better way to make them feel like they're part of the action, right? -- but like any good reality competition, the producers should have stepped in to give an Australian player at least one quarter of that real estate. Unless of course the sinking Q rating of Bernard Tomic was too much for Tennis Australia to stomach on the cover of their 2013 issue.