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2011 Here we come…

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

It’s been a while, but here we stand, only six days away from the start of the Australian Open 2011. This will be the first Grand Slam event of the new calendar year, and, no, I can’t wait either. There’s something so exciting about the fresh start to a year, the clammy feeling, the nerves, the expectations. We truly have no idea who will rise and who will fall, what the year will shape up to be. We may look back with nostalgia to 2010, but here’s hoping 2011 will give us plenty to talk about.

It’s been a long break for many of the players too. Although the Christmas vacation for most professional players is more work-out than pig-out, this last week has been the first time many have started competing in tournaments this year. The early signs are never a very good indicator for the year to come, but it’s a start.

Andy Murray, for example, will be hoping for a good start to the year. After last year’s near-miss at the Australian Open, he proved that he can leave his mark on a tournament. Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet proved that he can win one. He has slipped to number 5 in the rankings after missing a couple of ATP Tour matches, but he seems unperturbed by that. Murray will be playing the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne  this week, and he’ll face Marin Cilic at the event. The rain that has been wreaking havoc across Australia for weeks looks like it’s set its eyes on the event, but with fingers crossed Murray should get a chance to get a good start to the year. more »

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