Sports presenter Mel McLaughlin gets another chance to shine at the Australian Open, writes HOLLY BYRNES
STEPPING into Bruce McAvaney’s shoes as the prime-time anchor for SCT’s Australian Open coverage is no easy task.
But if enthusiasm counts for anything – as much as it does for McAvaney – then Mel McLaughlin is ready to throw herself at the challenge.
As she waxes lyrical about the Grand Slam spectacle and the prospect of playing her part, the sports newsreader even drops a few Bruce-isms into the conversation.
Asked to weigh into the controversy over bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic, the 37-year-old echoes McAvaney’s measured tones, pondering Kyrgios’ potential.
“There’s no denying the talent he has and people regard him as a genuine contender for a Grand Slam, so this could most certainly be his year,” she tells TV Guide, adding “what a special thing that would be, to kick off with the Australian Open.”
Besides being an accomplished commentator, McLaughlin is unabashed about being a rabid sports fan – from her football fanaticism to spending her summer holiday with family watching sport.
“Like everyone, you try to switch off but we ended up watching sport together because we love it,” she says. AUSTRALIAN OPEN FROM 10AM MONDAY ON SCT, 7TWO, 7MATE AND THE 7TENNIS APP