The next gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian ten­nis stars must crown their po­ten­tial with a ma­jor and Todd Wood­bridge is hop­ing for luck in Lon­don

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - COLIN VICK­ERY

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.

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