5 talking points ahead of the Australian Open

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Johanna Konta carries british opes in Andy Murray’s absence

Andy Murray is one of the big name absentees at the Australian Open (Joe Toth/PA)

The Australian Open always throws up plenty of intrigue as the new tennis season kicks into gear.

With a number of big names returning from injury – although sadly not Andy Murray – and bragging rights very much up for grabs in the women’s game, this year’s tournament is shaping up nicely.

Here, Press Association Sport picks out five key talking points.

1. Filling Murray’s boots

Johanna Konta
(John Walton/PA)

2. Walking wounded

Novak Djokovic
(Joe Toth/PA)

3. Roger that


Roger Federer
(Adam Davy/PA)

4. Number one on the line

Garbine Muguruza
(David Ramos/PA)

5. Courting controversy

Margaret Court

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