The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year for Tennis, and the 2017 edition shapes up to be a beauty. Novak Djokovic is the defending champ, and is hotly favoured to win his sixth title, but will have stiff competition from current world number one Andy Murray, while the locals will rely on the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, with the latter polarising the Australian public in recent times.
The female side of things is all about Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams, who fought out the 2016 Final, with Kerber winning and causing a major upset. This tournament may very well signal a new era in women’s tennis should Serena fail to reclaim the Australian Open title, and you won’t miss a minute of the action using the viewing options listed here.
Australian Open 2017 Dates And Times
When: Sunday January 29
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Men’s Finals: 7.00pm (Sydney)
Live TV: Channel 7 & 7Mate
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Australian Open 2017 Men’s Singles Preview
The Australian Open has been dominated by the ‘Big Four’ of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray over the last decade, winning nine of ten, with the lone exception being Stan Wawrinka in 2014 when defeating Rafel Nadal in four sets. He performed well during the Brisbane International but it really is all about Novak and Andy Murray, the two best players in the world who fought out the final during the ATP Tour Finals, with Murray getting the win and becoming world number one. His recent form in the UAE has been very good and is expected to strongly challenge.
The champs are Nadal and Roger Federer, and both are coming back from serious injury, most notably Federer, who missed the second half of 2016 due to a niggling knee injury. He’s 34 and is nearer the end of his career than the beginning, so how deep he goes into the tournament will be fascinating to watch, as will Nadal, who looked solid at times during the Brisbane International before being knocked out in straight sets.
Australian Open 2017 Men’s Singles Players To Watch
Rafael Nadal is nowhere near the player he was a couple of years, with injuries playing the Spanish legend. He has played some epic matches at Melbourne Park, winning the title in 2009 in a five set thriller against Roger Federer, with some saying it was one of the best tennis matches ever plated in a Grand Slam. His best years are behind him, but he is such a fighter and he did play well at Qatar up until the final.
The best Australian chance to take out the tournament is the fiery rising star, Nick Kyrgios. The 20 year old was in the headlines for the wrong reasons last year, most notably for his tasteless sledge to Stan Wawrinka. But it’s a new year and from what we have seen, it’s a new Kyrgios, with the youngster claiming his first professional title, winning the Hopman Cup for Australia for the first time since 1999.
Australian Open 2017 Women’s Singles Preview
Serena Williams is one of the all time greats of not just tennis but indeed sport. But the questions are being raised as to whether or not she is on the decline after losses to Kerber in the Australian Open Final and then bowing out in the Semis of the US Open where she looked unbeatable early on in the tournament. She pulled out of the WTA Finals and gave up her number one spot, the first she has been displaced from that spot in 309 weeks. She is a champion though and never doubt a champion.
Angelique Kerber is the current world number one and on recent form, she is the woman to beat. She burst onto the world stage when she stunned the tennis world with a win over Serena Williams in the Australian Open Final last year. Most thought that would be a fluke, but indeed it wasn’t as she went on to win at Flushing Meadows and stamp herself as the true number female tennis player in the world. She doesn’t have much strike power, but what makes her so good is the fact she will never give up on the ball and will chase hard.
Australian Open 2017 Women’s Singles Players To Watch
Simona Halep is the number two seed heading into the Australian Open and she too is under an injury cloud, forcing her to pull out of the Brisbane International due to an ankle injury. If she is to win the Australian Open, she’ll probably have to beat Serena in the Final, and Halep has only beaten Williams once, back in 2014 at Singapore.
The best Australian chance to take out the tournament is Sam Stosur, who herself is carrying an injury, sustaining a wrist tendon injury at Brisbane, which saw her eliminated in the second round. She will carry that injury in Sydney and towards the Australian Open, where she really has struggled to handle the expectation and hopes of an entire nation. And from what we saw in Brisbane, that theme will be repeated.