As the New Year rolls around, tennis fans instantly switch their focus to the first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open.
Although the proper tournament does not being until next week, the qualifying begins Wednesday with five Britons vying for a place in the main draw.
Amongst the men’s draw are youngsters Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady, who will be joined by Aussie turned Brit Brydan Klein as they seek to qualify for their first Grand Slam tournament, on the female side Johanna Konta and Naomi Broady will fancy their chances of progressing.
In preparation for next week’s main event, Britain’s Number one Heather Watson is playing in the WTA event in Hobart, given the fairly week field, Watson will be hoping to get a few wins under her belt before the turn of the week.
There are no Brits in Challenger events and the main Futures events are in America, Alex Ward and Josh Milton are in California whilst Welshman Farris Gosea is in Florida along with the finest young female talent we have; Katy Dunne, Katie Boulter and Harriet Dart amongst others.
Following last week’s resounding doubles success, with title wins for both Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray, they along with Dom Inglot will look to build this week, as they themselves get ready for the Aussie Open. Murray and partner John Peers are playing in Auckland, New Zealand, as are Inglot and Florian Mergea.