Its the beginning of a new tennis season and there is no better place to start than down under. The first grand slam of the year is always tricky for the players. With very little turn around time after the off season, its very important for everyone to get enough match practice. The tournaments preceding the Australian Open are so crucial in this regard. Let us take a look back at the results of various tournaments leading up to Melbourne.
Hopman Cup: The 30th edition of The Hopman Cup was held at the Perth Arena in Perth. The team event usually attracts huge crowds. Team Switzerland captured this year’s title in the final against Team Germany. Roger Federer got to spent some quality time on court ahead of his title defense in Melbourne. The tournament produced some memorable moments and gave players the opportunity to get into the groove.
Brisbane International: The ATP 250 tournament held in Brisbane is another important tournament in the lead up to the Australian open. A few big names were missing from the tournament this time though. Nick Kyrgios was impactful in his maiden triumph on home soil. The find of the tournament though was the young Australian teenage sensation Alex De Minaur.
Sydney International: This is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world. The tournament is held every year at the New South Wales Tennis Center in Sydney. Daniil Medvedev won the men’s singles trophy this year defeating the local crowd favorite Alex De Minaur in a close final. The women’s event was won by the former Australian open champion Angelique Kerber.
Auckland Open: Although not officially part of the Australian Open series, Auckland Open is one of the important tournaments in the calendar. This year Roberto Bautista Agut repeated his success from 2016 and won a tight contest against Juan Martin del Potro.
Trivia: The first edition of the Sydney International tournament, also known as New South Wales Open, was played in the year 1885 in Sydney.