It’s one of my favourite times of year – the Aussie tennis season. During January, the WTA tour comes Down Under, and the tournaments cycle through Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Auckland, and of course the big one: the Australian Open in Melbourne.
I’m lucky in that I live close enough to Brisbane to attend the tournament there, and I go most years. As well the excitement of big name matches on Pat Rafter Arena, I love roaming the outside courts watching players practice with each other, run through their fitness and agility exercises, and interact with fans. Those outside courts give a glimpse of life on tour that you’ll never get from TV coverage or show court matches.
If you want a little extra to add to your tennis experience this year (or if you’re wondering what it is about tennis that gets people excited), my latest book Code of Conduct takes place over the Australian summer of tennis. Viva is a Queensland tennis star, fighting a persistent injury and battling to remain at the top of the game. Gabriela is an official, dedicated to her career–and is also the lineswoman whose questionable call send Viva crashing out of the US Open. Sparks fly when these two meet in rural Queensland–not least because officials and players are forbidden to socialise, let alone date.
You can follow along with Viva and Gabriela as they participate in the Australian tournaments at Brisbane and Sydney, with the climax at the action-packed Australian Open.
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