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Claire Stocks | 12:59 UK time, Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Andy Murray is warming up nicely for the Australian Open, which starts on Monday 15 January.

And the good news is the BBC will have live TV coverage of the event from 0830 GMT every morning via the red button and streamed on our website (UK only), as well as live commentary on Radio Five Live Sports Extra.

(We will also have all the usual text coverage including live scores, results and the draw, on Ceefax, digital text and our website).

So we will be able to show one of the top matches from the evening session in Australia, every morning - and we will also make sure that Andy Murray's match(es!) will be transmitted.

That means if he is drawn to play during the British night, we will broadcast it live on the red button & broadband - but also replay the action as live during our day after play ends in Melbourne.

Former players Chris Bailey, John Lloyd (Britain's Davis Cup captain) and Sam Smith will be commentating, together with contributions from Five Live's Jonathan Overend and Alastair Eykyn.

Let's hope Andy does better than last year when he went out in the first round.

Since then he has rocketed through the rankings to world number 15 - and tennis legend Bjorn Borg is among those who feel Murray has what it takes to be the closest challenger to world No 1 Roger Federer.

He has certainly toughened up - and will need it in Melbourne, where the heat combines with late scheduling of many matches to make life on court hard.

His mum Judy, a respected coach, has written us a piece about how her son and the other will players cope.

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