WOODY RE­TURNS SERVE WITH PASS­ING SHOT AT JIM

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AUSSIE ten­nis great Todd Wood­bridge (left) is back be­hind the mi­cro­phone as a spe­cial­ist com­men­ta­tor for Chan­nel 7’s Aus­tralian Open tele­cast and hosts Fox­tel’s doc­u­men­tary The Spirit of Aus­tralian Sport— Ten­nis.

It’s his fourth year as part of Seven’s com­men­tary team and Wood­bridge says he is still in awe of vet­er­ans such as Bruce McA­vaney, but par­tic­u­larly en­joys shar­ing the box with for­mer US pro Jim Courier.

‘‘I think our styles work well to­gether. He’s (Courier) happy to be the front man and I like to keep him hon­est oc­ca­sion­ally,’’ he says.

‘‘As a com­men­ta­tor, the one thing that we all have to re­mem­ber is that we’re no longer play­ers. You’ve just got to re­mind Jim some­times that he’s no longer out there and times have changed.

‘‘The one thing I’ve got up against Jim is that I beat him a cou­ple of times, so he lis­tens.’’

The Spirit of Aus­tralian Sport— Ten­nis looks at the key peo­ple and events that helped de­fine and shape the sport in Aus­tralia.

It fea­tures in­ter­views with Mar­garet Court, Pat Cash, Ken Rose­wall, Frank Sedg­man and Lleyton He­witt, as well as rare archival footage and ex­tracts from play­ers’ per­sonal let­ters.

The spe­cial also ex­poses the in­fight­ing, bul­ly­ing, and vi­cious ri­valry be­hind the ‘‘straw­ber­ries and cream’’ sport.

‘‘It cov­ers the so­cial his­tory of the sport in Aus­tralia and the im­por­tance it played through­out the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s when ten­nis was ba­si­cally the No.1 sport and ev­ery­body played it,’’ Wood­bridge says.

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