World Tennis News: Murray Sails Through

British number one Andy Murray made light work of his opponent in his opening round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

ImageMurray winning in Melbourne yesterday (source:www.telegraph.co.uk)

Murray, seeded fourth beat Go Soeda from Japan 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 yesterday in just under and hour and half with a combination of big serves and deadly backhand winners. He will now face Vincent Millot from France in round two tomorrow.

Competitors are suffering from the high temperatures of the Australian summer with on-court temperatures climbing up to over 40 degrees. Murray has spoken out in the media about his fears that someone could suffer a heart attack if play goes ahead in 108F (42C) temperatures in Melbourne, as they did on Tuesday. Canada’s Frank Dancevic fainted during his match, Peng Shuai of China, vomited at the side of the court and a ball boy collapsed. The heat also affected fans who chose not to sit court-side because of the ferocity of the heat.

453967_1Hutchins in action (source: http://www.express.co.uk)

In other British tennis news Ross Hutchins and Colin Fleming won their first round match in the Mens Doubles competition beating Marinko Matosevic (Australia) and Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. This is Hutchins first win since his return to competitive play since recovering from cancer.

Check out the amusing Telegraph Sport article ‘The five ages of Andy Murray’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/australianopen/10565540/Australian-Open-2014-The-five-ages-of-Andy-Murray.html

 

Player Profile: Alex Dawson

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ALEX DAWSON

Age: 14

Squad: U14 Performance

How old were you when you first started tennis?

5 years

How were you introduced to the sport?

I was introduced by my parents 

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I played in a summer holiday camp

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about the sport?

I like the competition and match play element

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Four/five times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Rugby

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Representing Basingstoke in the Festival of Sport in Germany