Andy Murray fought back the tears after kicking off the new year with a first-round win at the Brisbane International as he spoke about how tough his return from hip surgery has been. The three-times grand slam champion said he did not know how much longer he would be able to play competitive tennis after hiswin over James Duckworth. The former world No 1 was visibly emotional as he reflected on his challenging last 18 months which included having hip surgery last January. I don't know how much longer it's going to last but we'll see.
NINE expands Summer Tennis line-up with ATP Cup tournament and dedicated new shows image - Australian Open Nine is looking to build on the success of its tennis coverage by providing fans an increased range of content across more platforms.
Nine will use the 9Gem multi-channel to provide two additional days of coverage of the Australian Open, compared with The move ensuring tennis fans have greater choice over the games they watch.
This expanded free-to-air coverage is in addition to 9Now which will again provide every game of the tournament live.
We will again bring a dynamic broadcasting approach to what is an unmissable festival of summer — delivering the matches, atmosphere and fun to Aussies to appeal more deeply to every type of fan, all the way from the fanatic to the festivalgoer. This will build national momentum in the run-up to the hugely successful Australian Open.
Last year we showed that there is no other event like the Australian Open, which captures fans across the areas of food, kids, music, and of course tennis itself.