One tennis year has ended. Another has just begun. With such brief time to recover and prepare, how do tennis players manage their off-season? How do they gear up for the long trip Down Under? And what are the challenges of having to play a Grand Slam tournament so early in the year?

These are just some of the questions Tracy Austin and Joel Drucker address on the latest edition of “Talking Tennis with Tracy”—which you can watch below (run time 28:26).


This is an exciting time of the year, brimming with hope and expectation. But it can also be extremely demanding. No sooner has a player relaxed and enjoyed the holidays than he or she is in the thick of preparations for a long trip to Australia. Upon arrival, it’s welcome to Melbourne, where the joke about the weather is that you can often have four seasons in a day—including on-court temperatures that frequently exceed 100 degrees.

On this show, Tracy and Joel take a deep dive at where things stand for 12 contenders—six women and six men, each hoping to kick off 2023 in grand style.


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