Australians love their sport and summer is the time for feasting on it from our couches

Australian Open: Will Rafael Nadal be among the winners at the 2020 AO at Melbourne Park?
Australian Open: Will Rafael Nadal be among the winners at the 2020 AO at Melbourne Park?

It started with the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, with the US team captained by Tiger Woods versus the International team captained by Ernie Els.

Australians Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith played for the internationals but it was the Yanks who prevailed.

Then it was the 2019 Australian PGA Championship played from December 19-22, at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

This saw Scott make up for the earlier loss as he took home the trophy with a 2-shot, 13 under par scorecard.

Of course the cricket has occupied our television screens for months but the real enthusiasm builds for summer and the Seven Network and Fox have kept us on the ball since December 1, with the Rebel WBBL.

The Australia versus New Zealand first Test from Perth began on December 12. Since then we have hit them for six, with the KFC BBL also keeping us glued to the couch.

The first one-day international against India went to air on January 14, and you can catch the second and third games on January 17 and 19 on Fox.

Seven and Fox will bring you all the action of the CommBank Women's T20 tri series in February, but the Women's World T20 Cup matches will be on Nine and Fox.

And that brings us to the tennis.

We've had the ATP Cup, featuring men's teams from 24 countries, played in Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney. The Nine Network brought us this innovative round robin style tournament which was eventually won by Serbia. The Aussies did not disappoint, losing a semi-final to Spain in three thrilling rubbers.

Other lead-up tournaments to the Australian Open have been played in Hobart, Brisbane and Adelaide, Auckland, Doha (Qatar) and Shenzhen (China), so there are no excuses for top players to not be ready for battle.

The world's best tennis players now head to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year.

From Monday, January 20, until Sunday, February 2, the Australian Open 2020's best matches and biggest moments will be broadcast live and free on Nine and 9Gem, while video-on-demand 9Now will provide a bird's eye view of every serve on every court.

The big three - Djokovic, Federer and Nadal could be under threat from the young guns in the men's singles.

Australia's Alex De Minaur showed his prowess against the world's best during the ATP Cup and will lead a contingent of Aussie men - John Millman, Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin, and James Duckworth, who all earned direct entry into the tournament.

John-Patrick Smith received a wildcard after he won the AO play-off event in December.

Women's world No.1 Australia's Ash Barty has the weight of every Australian tennis fan on her shoulders as she endeavours to become our first women's singles champion since Christine O'Neil won in 1978.

Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic earned direct entry to AO 2020, while Arina Rodionova received a wildcard at the play-offs.

Veteran Serena Williams has nothing to prove as she strives for her 24th Grand Slam singles title. However, there are a host of strong women players snapping at her heels.

Your hosts for the AO include James Bracey, Rebecca Maddern and Tony Jones on Nine, while Erin Molan, Seb Costello and Alicia Loxley share the host duties on 9Gem.

Providing commentary are more experts than you can poke a racquet at including John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge, Lleyton Hewitt, Jelena Dokic, Sam Smith, Alicia Molik, Dylan Alcott, Sam Groth, Casey Dellacqua and Tom Rehn.

These former players will be backed up off court by Clint Stanaway, Lauren Phillips, Madeline Slattery and Danika Mason.

Comedian Andy Lee will present a series of one-on-one interviews with the champions of the sport, which could prove cringe worthy, but we'll wait for the umpire's call on that one.

Nine's PR machine says the Wide World of Sports technical team will take viewers closer to the game than ever before.

There will be 360-degree, Matrix-style cameras positioned right around the court to simultaneously capture every angle and provide immersive vision so viewers get a panorama-like experience of the world's greatest tennis players in action.

With new analysis technology at their fingertips the commentators will be able to scrutinise the game like never before, with every inch of play under the microscope.

This could prove overkill with too much chat and not enough play unaccompanied by experts deconstructing every stroke.

Another innovation at this year's AO is electronic line calling technology on every single court, across the entire tournament.

The hosts will be positioned on an outdoor half-court tennis court near Margaret Court Arena, ready to welcome tennis fans to Melbourne Park as they arrive at the precinct through the city entrance.

The set will be home to the new look Today Show team led by Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon, who will broadcast live from Melbourne Park each day from January 20.

Court Nine, as the set will be known, will be open to the public when not live to air.

Tennis enthusiasts can measure the speed of their service, see pre- and post-game interviews with players, get autographs from Nine celebrities and have a front-row seat to the premier matches on a big screen, all on Court Nine.

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