What is it? It's the draw for the opening grand slam of the year, the Australian Open. When is it? The draw time is yet to be confirmed but is expected to take place on Thursday evening in Melbourne, or Thursday morning UK time. What TV channel will it be on? Eurosport and the Eurosport Player has live coverage of the major. The singles events will get under way on Monday, Jan 14 with the men's final ending a fortnight of action on Sunday, Jan 27. Who could Andy Murray face? The former British No 1 could be paired with one of the big hitters in the opening round following his lengthy period on the sidelines. Murray is down at 240 in the rankings as he makes his first return to Melbourne since 2017. It was in Australia this time last year that the 31-year-old opted to pull out of the opening slam in order to under go hip surgery. Murray returned for his first major at the US Open last August but suffered a second-round loss to Fernando Verdasco. Aside from the heavyweights … [Read more...] about Australian Open 2019: When is the draw, who could Andy Murray face and what are our predictions?
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It was a grim day for British tennis Down Under, as the Brisbane International delivered a scorecard of played four, lost four. Our three highest-profile players – Andy Murray, Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund – failed to muster a set between them, while qualifier Harriet Dart was bundled out by a more experienced opponent. The most discouraging result was probably Murray’s one-sided 7-5, 6-2 thumping at the hands of world No 16 Daniil Medvedev, who admitted afterwards that he had started thinking about his next opponent before the end of the match. After an opening-round win over James Duckworth on New Year’s Day, Murray had hinted that his attempt at a comeback might be running out of steam, saying: “I want to try and enjoy playing tennis as long as I can [but] I don't know how much longer it's going to last.” The manner of Wednesday’s defeat will further concern his many fans. Murray was competitive in patches, especially when he was able … [Read more...] about Bad day for British tennis as Andy Murray, Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund crash out of Brisbane International
0 Have your say Andy Murray exited the Brisbane International in the second round, falling to a 7-5, 6-2 defeat by fourth seed Daniil Medvedev. The Scot, currently ranked 236 in the world as he looks to battle back from hip surgery, competed well with Medvedev in the first set before succumbing to excellent tennis from the 22-year-old Russian.Murray’s travails on Pat Rafter Arena were more down to Medvedev’s prowess than any fitness issues in a match lasting one hour and 21 minutes. The World No.16 won three titles in 2018 and, in his first match of the 2019 campaign, he hit 16 aces and pulverised Murray at times with his power.Murray clearly showed attempts to try and shorten the points, serve-volleying at times and trying to be aggressive. However, unlike against James Duckworth in the first round, he was up against a player brimming with confidence and Murray, only playing his second competitive match since cutting his 2018 season short in October, … [Read more...] about Andy Murray outclassed by Daniil Medvedev as Scot loses in Brisbane
0 Have your say A visibly emotional Andy Murray admitted he is unsure how much longer he will be able to play competitive tennis after making his latest comeback in Brisbane. The former world number one appeared to fight back tears as he reflected on his battle to resume his career following hip surgery, saying it had been “really hard”.Murray progressed to the second round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Australian wildcard James Duckworth, his first match since bringing an early end to a truncated season in September.Speaking in his on-court interview after the match, the Scot said of his recovery: “It’s not easy to sort of sum up in one sentence or one answer, it’s been really hard; 18 months, a lot of ups and downs, it’s been tricky to just get back on the court competing again.“So I’m happy I’m back out here again, I want to try and enjoy it as much as I can and just … [Read more...] about Andy Murray makes winning return but casts doubts over future
Kyle Edmund, Britain's No 1, must channel his inner Andy Murray and win ugly more often if he is to build on his breakthrough 2018 next year, according to Tim Henman. Edmund has enjoyed a hugely impressive 12 months that saw him reach his first grand-slam semi-final at the Australian Open, win a maiden ATP title, and finish the year with a career-high ranking of No 14. Now the challenge for Edmund, who turns 24 next month, is to crack the top 10 and become a genuine contender at the majors. Henman, who was Britain's top-ranked player for most of 1996-2006, believes Edmund has all the shots - especially his bazooka of a forehand to satisfy those ambitions. Edmund's next aim, in Henman's view, should be ensuring he competes with the same intensity as Murray - his predecessor as Britain's No 1, who will be attempting to reclaim the top spot next year. "I think Murray is a phenomenal competitor because irrespective of the score, he’s just there … [Read more...] about Kyle Edmund must channel his inner Andy Murray and win ugly more often, says Tim Henman