Last week at the Sydney International, Johanna Konta won the Woman’s singles, Dan Evans was runner-up in the Men’s singles and Jamie Murray was runner up in the Men’s doubles. Also, next week Andy Murray goes into the Australian Open as World No.1! Since the Davis Cup win in 2015, Great British Tennis has come on leaps and bounds and Britain now have Andy Murray at World Number 1, Kyle Edmund at World Number 46 and Johanna Konta at World Number 9.
Last year was by far Andy’s best year yet and despite only winning 1 of the 4 grand slams, he also won the Olympic gold medal and went on an incredible run towards the end of the year to help him claim World Number 1, Sports Personality of the Year and a knighthood! Going into 2017 Murray is hoping to win the Australian Open for the first time and I believe that this is his best chance yet of claiming the title. Five times he has been runner-up in this grand slam but he broke his curse of losing to Djokovic multiple times last year and I back him to do the same during the next fortnight and take home the title.
Last year Johanna Konta rocketed up the World Rankings and thanks to her Sydney International victory she is now in 10th place in the world rankings and a real contender for the Aussie Open title. Her Sydney International win last week added to her WTA Elite Trophy win at the end of last year. I predict that Konta will repeat what she managed last year in this competition and get to the Semifinals. However if she is on top form then she has a remarkably good chance of winning the tournament.
Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund also did well last year and Evans is in good form after his appearance in the Sydney International final last week. I think if they both hit top form they could get to the Last 16 maybe even the quarter finals. However if they’re not at their best, a first round exit is not unlikely. On the Woman’s side Heather Watson and Naomi Brody can both spring a surprise if they play well but could also fail at the first hurdle if not on top form.
The Australian Open runs from the 16th January to the 29th January.