INJURY concerns and upsets should make for some interesting viewing for this month's Australian Open.
Some of tennis's biggest names are in doubt for the first Grand Slam event of the year.
Even our own tennis wunderkind Nick Kyrgios is recovering from a back injury.
"He's not ready to win a Grand Slam, but for Nick it's an opportunity for him to cement himself as one of the contenders for Grand Slam glory," commentator Todd Woodbridge (pictured) tells APN.
"The Australian Open has always brought out a new contender; think back to Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus (in 2006). It's a positive time for some of those young blokes who can actually handle that pressure."
Hopes for an Australian winner aren't high. Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt started the year in less than stellar form after early exits from the Brisbane International.
"Sam's a momentum player," he says.
"She's got to win a match or two and then it gets a lot easier quickly for her. Opening rounds are troublesome for her when she's nervous."
World No.1 Serena Williams will be the woman to beat at the Open despite her slow start at The Hopman Cup, says Todd.
"If she's fit and motivated she's hard to beat," he says.
"What's interesting is the past two seasons she won the tournament in Brisbane but didn't go on to win in Melbourne, so maybe she felt she peaked too early."
Todd is one of the most successful doubles players of all time, having won 11 Grand Slams with Mark Woodforde
The Olympic gold medalist is looking forward to calling the action in his hometown of Melbourne.
"For me, summer in Australia is about the Australian Open," he says.
"The beauty of a Grand Slam tournament is the drama and stories that unfold.
"The allure of the Australian Open is that it's totally unpredictable. It's a live event and when you get to cover it, like I do, it's an adrenaline rush. It's the only thing I've ever done post playing where I get a hit of adrenaline."
Seven's coverage of this year's event will feature more live games broadcast on Seven and 7TWO.
"If you have a hybrid TV (using the PLUS7 service) you can watch one of seven matches in the first week, which has never been done in Australia before," Todd says.
Live streaming is also available via the 7Sport app.
The Australian Open airs daily on Channel 7 and 7TWO starting tomorrow at 10am Qld, 11am NSW.
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