Four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters will join Seven’s tennis commentary team for the 2016 Australian Open.
The former World No. 1 says Australia has been like a second home to her and she has great memories of Melbourne Park, so she is looking forward to sharing her insights from the commentary bunker:
“I’ve watched the Channel 7 broadcast since I first came to Australia as a teenager. It will certainly be a thrill to work alongside Bruce McAvaney and the team.”
“I have done some guest spots on several occasions but this will be a different role of analysing. Having had so much playing experience on Rod Laver Arena, I can’t wait to give the viewers some of that intimate knowledge and experience.”
Aussie firebrand Nick Kyrgios and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer headline a cracking Australian Open night one line-up on Channel 7/7TWO and the 7Tennis app from 7pm AEDT.
Kyrgios takes on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, while Federer is up against Nikoloz Basilashvili. At the same time Russian Maria Sharapova battles Japan's Nao Hibino.
After the Federer match on Rod Laver Arena, Aussie Sam Stosur faces Czech qualifier Kristyna Pliskova. Also at night Marcos Baghdatis takes on Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Late in the day five-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic opens his campaign against Korean Hyeon Chung.
On the women's side during the day new Australian Daria Gavrilova takes on Czech Lucie Hradecka, and Ajla Tomljanovic battles Kateryna Bondarenko.
Also during the day, tournament favourite Serena Williams starts her 2016 Australian Open against Italian Camila Giorgi.
During the day young Aussie wildcard Omar Jasika faces Ukrainian Illya Marchenko.
BRUCE McAVANEY will be in the commentary chair throughout the Open, with expert analysis from four-time Grand Slam champion JIM COURIER and, when his playing commitments allow, Australia’s own LLEYTON HEWITT will also return. Joining them will be an unrivalled team of tennis experts including TODD WOODBRIDGE, JOHN NEWCOMBE, JOHN FITZGERALD, ROGER RASHEED, SAM SMITH, RENNAE STUBBS, ALICIA MOLIK and HENRI LECONTE – as well as Seven’s accomplished team of TV hosts, commentators and reporters who will help to bring the Australian Open series alive.