Pop the Champagne corks!
Get out the factor 50 sunscreen, the wide brimmed hat and plant yourself somewhere nice and comfy (and preferably air conditioned or heated, depending on where in the world you are) for the next month of tennis from Australia.
It’s really fitting, and in many ways, quite a community service that Australia kicks off the new tennis year.
With European and American tennis fans freezing their butts off, knee deep in snow and enjoying the claustrophobia of short winter days, the Australian Summer of Tennis provides a handy escape to a sun drenched vision of tanned bodies sweating it out on the tennis court.
There are a few guarantees in life and one of those guarantees is that once the tennis starts, the mercury rises and right on cue, as the Brisbane International kicks off with qualies today, most of Australia finds itself at the beginning of the first heat wave of the season.
It’s a nasty 39 here in Melbourne with an expected low of 27 overnight, so judging by this, this year’s Australian Open may be another scorcher.
In many ways I hope not, because last year was a little ridiculous. In saying that though, there have been some changes to the heat policy and a prediction that this January may not be as warm as the last. Hopefully that is the case and the players get some relief.
Don’t forget to check in with me over the next month as I look forward to bringing you what I can from Australia’s Summer of Tennis.
I’m lucky enough to be working at the Australian Open this year and although I may not see as many games as I would in the stands, I’ll be sure to keep you as up to date as I can.
In between, make sure you’re reading http://acelandtennis.com.au for all news related to Australian Tennis.
Marc is an accomplished journalist and there is no where else on the web that is as knowledgeable about Australian tennis.
Bring on the the Aussie summer!
Calendar of events – January
Brisbane International – Brisbane – 4 Jan – 11 Jan (ATP/WTA)
Hopman Cup – Perth – 4 Jan – 10 Jan (ITF)
Apia International – Sydney – 11 Jan – 17 Jan (ATP/WTA)
Hobart International – Hobart – 11 Jan – 17 Jan (WTA)
Kooyong Classic – Melbourne 13 Jan – 16 Jan