Net Talk: Ready for action

  • By: Andy Schooler (Twitter: @NetTalkTennis)
  • Last Updated: January 13 2014, 10:33 GMT

Our Andy Schooler rounds up what's happened and what's going to happen this week in his latest Net Talk column.

Focus this week will be firmly on Melbourne Park
Focus this week will be firmly on Melbourne Park

After a hectic week of Australian Open preparation, there's little to say with the tournament just getting under way.

Instead I'll simply round things up this week and hopefully come up with something better next week!

If you have any questions, you can contact me via email - tennisfeedback@sportinglife.com - or Twitter - @NetTalkTennis.

Betting

After another near miss last week when Philipp Kohlschreiber lost a final-set tie-break to eventual champion John Isner in Auckland, here are by betting previews of the men's and women's singles at the Australian Open.

I'm also providing a bet of the day during the tournament, along with Sky Sports expert Barry Cowan.

And it's worth mentioning that our betting partner, Sky Bet, are ffering a free £30 matched bet to new customers so check that out if you are having a bet on the tournament.

There are plenty of enhanced accumulators etc available on the firm's website.

Stat of the week

When Roger Federer plays his opening match at the Australian Open he will set a new record for consecutive Grand Slams played. Wayne Ferreira played in 56 in a row. This is Federer's 57th on the spin.

What you may have missed

Net Talk's Kitted Out feature returned last week, highlighting what the leading players will be wearing during the Australian Open.

There were Australian Open warm-up tournament titles for Juan Martin Del Potro and John Isner on the ATP World Tour and Tsvetana Pironkova and Garbine Muguruza on the WTA circuit.

Andy Murray confirmed he will defend his AEGON Championships title at Queen's Club in June.

Great Britain's Fed Cup captain Judy Murray named her four-woman team for next month's matches in Budapest with Tara Moore included for the first time.

This week in tennis

All week: I think you might have heard but it's the first week of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Monday: Great Britain will learn their group opponents for next month's Europe/Africa Zone I matches in Budapest when the draw is made in London.

Wednesday: VIP tickets for Roland Garros go on general sale. If you don't want to fork out big bucks, you can wait until March 12 when standard tickets will start to be sold.

Twitter

The official feed of the Australian Open is @AustralianOpen.

A new man on Twitter this week is Victoria Azarenka's coach Sam Sumyk (@SamSumyk), who blames losing a bet with fellow coach Darren Cahill for his decision to hit the social network.

Make sure you also follow @SportingLife and @NetTalkTennis for plenty of updates during the tournament.


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