January 2017 is set to be a very busy month for British tennis fans as the cream of the UK crop take to the courts at the Australian Open.
Six British players – Andy Murray, Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund, Heather Watson, Dan Evans and Naomi Broady – will head straight into the main draw of the tournament down under. And they’re all up for the challenge.
Andy Murray, World No.1 (we’re still not tired of typing that), will be heading into his first tournament as top seed and will look to finally win the trophy that has eluded him five times in the past. Oh, and there’s also the small matter of fighting off a likely rejuvenated Novak Djokovic.
Meanwhile, British No.1 Johanna Konta will be looking to improve on her record-breaking run in 2016 Australian Open, where she reached the semi-final, becoming the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 1983.
Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans (ranked 45th and 66th in the world respectively) will also be entering the competition on the back of career-best seasons, while Heather Watson and Naomi Broady are both well inside the top 100 in the world.
So, here’s to a title for Murray and Konta to blast away the winter blues!
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