WOODIE CALLS IT
The next generation of Australian tennis stars must crown their potential with a major and Todd Woodbridge is hoping for luck in London
Can the Aussies go to the next level? That is the question consuming Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge on the eve of Wimbledon.
Nick Kyrgios, Sam Groth, and Thanasi Kokkinakis are part of the new wave of talent from Down Under hoping for Grand Slam glory in London.
They join the likes of more seasoned campaigners including Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur, as well as Bernard Tomic in the English capital.
“Everybody can see that the quality of this group of players that is coming through is as good as it has been in 15 to 20 years,” Woodbridge says. “We have some real contenders to cause some upsets going into the championship.
‘‘They have the ability to go deep in tournaments because they have some weapons.”
Woodbridge will be hosting the Seven Network’s telecast with commentators including John Newcombe, Renae Stubbs, Sam Smith and Geoff Masters.
Seven will also tap into the BBC broadcast where experts include John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Andy Roddick and Martina Navratilova.
Stan Wawrinka’s upset win over world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open final in Paris has thrown the men’s draw wide open.
“Djokovic is still the favourite but I am going for Andy Murray to win because I think his form over the past three or four months has been terrific,” Woodbridge says.
US star Serena Williams, 33, dominates the women.
“Serena’s main challenge is to stay relaxed,” Woodbridge says.
“On grass, I don’t see a lot of players to challenge her.”
That is bad news for Queensland star Stosur, who has shown signs of a return to form in recent months.
Wimbledon, Channel 7, Monday at 8.35pm and 7TWO nightly from 8.30pm
Todd Woodbridge is primed for the Seven Network’s Wimbledon telecast.