Tennis Today: Outlandish Australian Open predictions
We trust you enjoyed the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities, if you celebrate it, but let’s give you an update of what is going on in the world of tennis.
What’s On The Site?
We know tennis is your first love, but if you are into other sports like golf, athletics and Formula 1, then do read our feature on the Sporting Rivalries of 2017. It is that time of the year.
What’s In The Papers
Step aside Nostradamus! Tennis coach Paul Annacone has made some predictions ahead of the 2018 season and he says one of only five men can win the Australian Open of the year.
Shock, horror! Annacone, who coached Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman, told The Express that one of Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka is likely to win Down Under.
The Sun really went all out on Christmas Day with their HEY JUDE feature which focused on Judy Murray. If you want to know more about her tattoo, then do give it a read.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic sat down with Sport360’s Reem Abulleil on Christmas Day to discuss his “roller coaster ride” the past year and a half and how he can’t wait to return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
What’s On Social
Some players are still enjoying their holidays and are happy to post their Christmas snaps on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Mischa Zverev got married and little brother Alexander was on hand to congratulate him.
Players, though, are starting to pack their bags for the long journey to Australia while others are already Down Under.
¡Lista para la nueva temporada! ¡Nos vamos a Australia! Ready for the new season! ???????? pic.twitter.com/jJA4zCOJpT
— Carla Suarez Navarro (@CarlaSuarezNava) December 26, 2017
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) December 26, 2017
What’s On TV
Still no live action, but we are getting closer and Eurosport will get you into the groove with replays and highlights of the Australian Open, French Open and US Open.
05:00 Eurosport 2
Best of Australian Open
06:00 Eurosport 2
Best of French Open
07:00 Eurosport 2
Best of US Open
The live tennis starts on Thursday with the Mubadala World Tennis Championships and you can get replays of previous editions on Eurosport 1.
13:00 Eurosport 1
18:30 Eurosport 1
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Dominic Thiem celebrates place in last four after stunning win over Rafael Nadal
The Austrian won a superb contest in two tie-breaks while Stefanos Tsitsipas battled past Andrey Rublev.
Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev to set up decider with Rafael Nadal
The defending champion’s victory means Dominic Thiem has qualified for the semi-finals.
‘It was a great match which I will remember for a long time,’ says Dominic Thiem after win over Rafael Nadal
The Austrian is on the verge of a semi-final spot in London.
Dominic Thiem remains undefeated at ATP Finals as he beats Rafael Nadal in riveting clash
Thiem won two tie-breaks in the match at The O2.
Australian great on Novak Djokovic’s proposal to scrap five-set matches: ‘You’re making it groundhog day’
Woodbridge not a fan of Djokovic’s suggestion.
‘I can’t afford to lose. I need to beat Diego, I need to beat Djokovic,’ says Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev looking for two wins.
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Daniil Medvedev with a little surprise serve.
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Daniela Hantuchová believes tennis has led the way.
Rafael Nadal yet to speak to Novak Djokovic about PTPA, but insists ‘we don’t need another organisation’
Rafael Nadal sticking to his guns over PTPA.