The 2017 tennis season has officially begun! Nearly all the top players are back in action this week, in tournaments in Australia, Qatar, and India in the lead up to the Australian Open. We love how tennis starts the year off strong – first slam of the year is less than two weeks away!
This Week’s Tournaments:
Brisbane International – Brisbane, Australia
Qatar ExxonMobil Open – Doha, Qatar
Aircel Chennai Open – Chennai, India
Hopman Cup – Perth, Australia
Nadal and Federer are Back in Action
Fans around the world are thrilled that both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are back after a short hiatus. Before this week, Federer had not played since losing to Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals in July and dealing with a lingering knee injury. How excited are people to see him? Over 6,000 showed up just to watch him practice in Perth. Nadal has been looking strong so far, with wins over David Goffin and Milos Raonic in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi. Rafa’s playing in the Brisbane Open, which means hanging out with koalas!
Make That Sir Andy Murray
Andy Murray ended 2016 by becoming the #1 tennis player in the world, and he just started 2017 by being given a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours List.
New Season, New Coaches
Lots of coaching changes happened in the off season. Novak Djokovic announced he would no longer be working with Boris Becker. Rafael Nadal added Carlos Moya to his team, while Milos Raonic’s new head coach is Richard Krajicek.