2023 is off to a fantastic start in Australia with some incredible tennis from the world's best players at this year's first grand slam event. If you are a tennis player or fan, you won't want to miss the action down under. The coverage on ESPN+ is fantastic, and the matches won't disappoint. Live matches begin at 4 pm Pacific Time and run all night.
If you have been watching the Australian Open, then you know. On the men's side, the top two seeds are out, and some new names are making impressive runs toward the second week. Eight American players are still in the last 32 draw, with local Californians Mckenzie McDonald (Piedmont, CA) taking over Rafa Nadal's #1 seed position and junior star Jenson Brooksby (Sacramento) taking over Casper Ruud's #2 seed position. Both earned their spots with inspired and gritty smart play.
It's great to see so many young Americans advancing, but the big story of the event so far is veteran Sir Andy Murray winning two incredible 5 set matches with his bionic hip at age 35. This 63 Million Dollar man is using his guile, fitness, and a medical miracle to compete at the highest level in the longest matches of his career and still come out on top. His journey continues and will be very exciting to watch.
Six American women have made it to the last 32 of the Women's Draw, and every upcoming match-up looks to be worth the price of admission. These are all impressive athletes who have spent countless hours honing their skills and are true professionals in their work ethic, preparation, and competitive effort. They put it all on the line and leave nothing behind. Few vocations demand so much from participants who succeed or fail live with the whole world watching. These players deserve the highest respect and support as they elevate our game of tennis.
I hope you tune in to the Aussie Open. It may even inspire you to pick up your racket and take a swing. See you on the courts!