Mixed fortunes have hit Britain’s tennis players has they prepare for the first ATP event of the year, the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.
Former World number one Andy Murray is looking to but a injury filled 2018 behind him as he looks to restart his career and begin his climb back up the world ranking after dropping to 230 in the past 12 months after playing in just 6 tournaments. The three time Grand Slam winner has used his Protected ranking in order to qualify for the Australian event, this means he will not be seeded and could face the top players like defending champion Roger Federer or current world number one Novak Djokovic in the early rounds.
His replacement as Britain’s number one Kyle Edmund (pictured) is currently having his preparations hindered as he looks to go one better than his semi-final appearance at the event last season. Currently ranked 14th in the world, he has a reported knee issue that saw him withdraw from this weeks Sydney international event and he is now reported as being 50/50 if he will be fit to take part in the Open.
The news is similar for British Women’s number one Johanna Konta, who has a decent track record at the Australian open, reaching the semi final in 2016, however she also had an indifferent 2018 which has seen he drop down the rankings and like Edmunds she also was forced to withdraw from the Sydney event with a neck problem earlier this week.
Britian’s other entries include Katie Boulter and Cameron Norrie who can both take some hope from their positive display’s for England in last weekend’s Hopman Cup and will be joined by Women’s number two Heather Watson in the main singles draw on Thursday 10th Jan.
In addition to that Dan Evans, Katie Swan and Harriet Dart will also be in the mix if thy can make it through the qualifying rounds which start on Tuesday.