John McEnroe – American tennis legend who you will undoubtedly be familiar with has officially joined the Nine commentary team for the broadcaster’s new coverage of the Australian Open, following Nine’s six-year deal with Tennis Australia.

In short, back in July it was announced Nine had copped the rights to the Open, a sporting event that had existed on Seven for about a gazillion years. They weren’t supposed to take over the coverage until 2020, but since Seven had acquired the rights to the cricket scheduling got awkward. According to the reports one particular Test Match against Sri Lanka would have clashed with the Australian Open Finals.

So, here we are.

The four-time former World Number One boasts an incredible 77 singles and 78 doubles career title wins according to his ATP World Tour profile, including three Wimbledon wins in 1981, 1983, and 1984 in the men’s singles final. Then there are his Wimbledon doubles wins in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, and one more in 1992 bringing that to an almighty five.

Nine announced the news just moments ago, also revealing the return of one Jim Courier because what is the Australian Open without Jim frothing over Roger Federer? The duo will be joined in the commentary box by Todd Woodbridge, Alicia Molik, Jelena Dokic, Sam Groth, and Dylan Alcott so all in all, a very familiar and welcome commentary team.

As per Nine’s Twitter, Rebecca Maddern, James Bracey, and Tony Jones have been announced as tournament hosts which sounds about right.

Fingers crossed a wild Henri Leconte appears.

P.S Remember when this completely normal interview happened, earlier this year?

Quality.

Source: Nine Wide World of Sports
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