Russell Fuller

Tennis correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our tennis correspondent

About Russell

I started life as the BBC's tennis correspondent in the... Read more about Russell Fuller wake of Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph, and will be reporting here on events at each of the four Grand Slams, as well as the best other stories as the circuit zigzags the globe.

I joined BBC Sport in the late 1990s, as a presenter on 5 live and the World Service, and have covered four Olympic Games, South Africa's 2010 World Cup, and more Open Championships than I care to remember.

Naomi Osaka

'Champion Osaka has world at her feet'

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In September, as bad blood spilled on to the Louis Armstrong Stadium Court in New York, Naomi Osaka shut out the enveloping acrimony and earned herself a maiden Grand Slam title.

Four months later here in Melbourne - on the other side of her 21st birthday - the Japanese star once more showed enormous resilience, willpower and nerve to win again at the next opportunity.

Andy Murray

'The moment Murray knew the game was up'

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It was just before Christmas, during his traditional pre-season training camp in Miami, when Andy Murray realised the game was up.

The optimism expressed in the early part of the year had long since faded. A run of tournaments in August on American hard courts put enormous strain on his right hip, which had been improved, but by no means healed, during January's surgery.

Andy Murray

'Murray's expectations are tempered'

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A year on from hip surgery, and with just eight wins to show for his trouble, Andy Murray has definitely not lost his sense of humour.

On New Year's Eve, he posted a picture of himself drinking from an (empty?) bottle of champagne. Six other unopened bottles of booze were in front of the teetotaller as he "celebrated" the end of a miserable 2018.

GB Fed Cup

'GB loss a case of what might have been'

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The disappointment felt by Britain's Fed Cup team seems all the more crushing when you consider what might have been, had the final set of the final rubber gone the other way.

Japan's win in the decisive doubles in Kobe took them into the World Group, which, if all goes to plan, will next year consist of 16 teams fighting it out for the title.

Roger Federer

Who will win the Australian Open?

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The dawning of a new tennis season has in past years triggered lots of confident predictions - whether it be the continued domination of Serena Williams or, in most seasons, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Last year's course of events, though, should give even the most brazen of futurologists food for thought.