New Tennis Season, New No.1′s, But Will We See A New Champion?

Jan 15, 2017

The 2017 tennis season has already begun but the season proper arguably starts today with the 2017 Australian Open commencing in Melbourne, Australia, this year ushers in a new year of tennis and new respective world No.1′s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber, but will we see a new champion being crowned at the end of the fortnight extravaganza of tennis?

Many tennis fans and media alike are already predicting that the men’s singles championship will be decided between Murray and his long time rival and former world No.1 Novak Djokovic, that comment or feeling isn’t degrading their opponents at all, it comes about because those two men have held a mortgage around playing on the final Sunday of the event for many years with Djokovic a six-time champ and Murray a five-time runner-up, in the women’s draw Kerber and former No.1 Serena Williams would normally be touted as warm favourites in Melbourne but both players have had less than ideal preparation coming in to the first major of the year, however they are the only two women in the singles draw to have previously won the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Trophy.

So, will the first Grand Slam championship of 2017 provide us with a new champion in Australia or will it be the status quo and business as usual when it comes to the respective finals in the men’s and women’s championship, although there is plenty of quality in the men’s draw it does seem likely that one of either Murray or Djokovic will be holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the last Sunday evening of the tournament, if not one of those two men then it seems even more likely that it will otherwise be one of the former champions Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer of Rafael Nadal, with only Kerber and Williams having won the tournament before on the women’s side of the draw it does seem more obvious that a new champion could definitely emerge on the final Saturday of the tournament.

If the winner of the respective Australian Open singles championships doesn’t come from the names listed above then who are the likely candidates among the men and women who could have their name etched on the respective silverware in Melbourne, among the men perhaps last years semi-finalist and No.3 seed Milos Raonic or world No.5 Kei Nishikori could go one better than their previous best at a Grand Slam or maybe the controversial hometown lad Nick Kyrgios (13th seed) could get the crowd in a frenzy with his first major title, among the women there seems to be plenty of potential contenders, current French open champion Garbine Muguruza, former Grand Slam finalists Agnieszka Radwanska, Simon Halep and Karolina Pliskova along with former AO runner-up Dominika Cibulkova and perhaps even the recent Brisbane International winner and new world No.9 Johanna Konta too.

The first major tennis event of the new 2017 season always brings colour and excitement to the world of tennis, what will we see over the next fortnight in Melbourne, one thing is for certain, plenty of exciting and enthralling tennis action to watch and maybe…. just maybe, a new Grand Slam tennis champion, or two. ;-)

Written by: Tono

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