5 Good Sports to watch at the Australian Open
Late nights, five-setters, rallies and sunny days – the Australian Open is one of our favourite times of the year at Good Sports.
Like many Australians, we love getting behind the local stars as they dare to dream on their home turf – of course, we love them even more if they’re good sports!
1. ASHLEIGH BARTY
Cricket star, Top 20 Tennis Player – is there anything Ashleigh can’t do? Hot off an amazing 2017 of tennis, she’s ready to wipe the court this Summer. Hailing from Ipswich, Queensland Ashleigh is a team player and known for her good sportsmanship. We can’t wait to see Ash on centre court this January.
2. John Millman
After taking the World Number 3 Grigor Dimitrov to two match points in the weeks leading up to the Australian Open, John Millman is set for a big tournament. Born in to a big family in Brisbane, John’s father Ron was the owner of the local tennis centre. We love that John still plays for the love of it, chasing success but also having a laugh when things don’t go his way.
3. LIZEtte cabrera
Lizette LOVES tennis. She admits that she’s always looking at who is playing, checking scores and streaming games live – a ‘healthy obsession!’ It’s a hobby that has taken her to Number 151 in the world, and rising. We love her positivity and advice for young players – “always work hard and have a good attitude.” A Wildcard at this year’s open, Lizette is definitely one to watch.
4. THANASI KOKKINAKIS
Coming in to his third Australian Open, Thanasi has won hearts with his good sportsmanship, humour and tennis talent. It’s an attitude that was on display in the lead up to this year’s event with Thanasi forfeiting a point after accidentally hitting his doubles opponent. Returning from injury, it will be a tough comeback for the Adelaide local, but we’ll be behind him all the way.
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5. SAM STOSUR
Our final favourite is the super Sam Stosur! An Aussie Open veteran and Grand Slam Champion, Sam always gives her all at her home event. We’re excited to see her back on court after a career plagued by injury. Young tennis players could learn a lot from this legend’s grace and modesty on court – a true good sport!