Australian Open all hours
It's that time of year again when Britain wonders if it can produce a male Grand Slam champion for the first time in 73 years.
The Australian Open starts in the early hours of Monday morning and Andy Murray is favourite to win according to many bookiesafter a fantastic finish to the end of last season and claiming the first ATP title of the year in Doha.
In doing so he beat former World number one and three-time Australian Open Champion, Roger Federer, for the fourth time in their last five matches. Perhaps crucially, Murray`s last defeat to Roger came in his first Grand Slam Final - the US Open 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.
Murray is in great form - as he was at this stage last year - but it is hoped he learned a lot from last year's surprise first round defeat to Tsonga, who then made it all the way to the final. He should be prepared for an "in form" outsider this year, but I am confident he should do better than his performance in 2007 too - an epic, marathon defeat in the fourth round to Rafael Nadal.
The great news is that BBC One and BBC Two have bought in to the great buzz and the real possibility that Andy Murray could go all the way in 2009, by announcing that all of his matches will be shown live on terrestrial TV.
The time and channel for these programmes is dependent on the order of play which is drawn up at the end of each day's play in Australia. This will then be publicised through all BBC outlets - online/radio/television - as soon as the information is available, so we will do our best to make sure you know when he is playing.
Beyond the Murray factor, there will be extensive coverage of the rest of the championship across the BBC. TV coverage will be available every morning from 0830 on the red button as well as online.
Radio 5 Live Sports Xtra will also carry live coverage from 0830, and both Radio 5 Live and the web will keep you informed of all the stories. Chris Bailey, John Lloyd and Sam Smith will lead the TV team with Jonathan Overend, Alastair Eykyn and David Law delivering radio commentary live from Australia.
The men's final will be shown live on Sunday 1 February from 0830 on BBC Two, and will be live on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
Andy Murray will be the sole British representative in the men's draw after Alex Bogdanovic's defeat in his second round qualifying match but two British women have gained direct entry - Anne Keothavong and Melanie South - so good luck to them.
Qualification for the women is still in progress so at the time of writing it is hoped Elena Baltacha, Katie O`Brien and Georgie Stoop might make it to the main draw too.
The women's final will be live on the red button, and on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, from 0830 on Saturday 31 January, and highlights will also be shown from 1300-1400 on BBC One.
I hope you enjoy the tournament, and our coverage, and of course do tell us what you think about both!