WOODY RETURNS SERVE WITH PASSING SHOT AT JIM
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.