Everyone for tennis, mate?

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 January, 1994, 12:00am

DOCTORS are predicting Hong Kong's tennis fans will be suffering from some pretty stiff elbows this week as Prime Sports has live coverage of the Australian Open from Melbourne everyday.

The series is expected to be one of the hottest of the year as Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and a rather big-headed Pete Sampras battle it out for top honours.

Sampras walloped Lendl in Sydney on Saturday and the nuclear fission will explode when the two take to the court in Melbourne with the latter out to show he's no old-fogie.

And don't expect the ladies to just sit back and stay out of the spotlight either because Steffi Graf, Zina Garrison and Helena Sukova are also on the bill and should provide some top tennis - sure to induce a few cases of the dreaded Beer Tin-itis in theelbows of armchair sportsmen (yes okay, and women) viewing the tournament.

But you will have to get up early or set the video as Prime will be running the event live from 8 am, with more coverage at 4.30 pm and highlights at midnight.

But stay in a healthy televisual-sport mood because it will be a looong week of tennis. There is virtually nothing else on offer - unless you are into boating.

If you are, then you are in luck because Prime will also be running the Australian Grand Prix Sailing Series every day at 4 pm.

It isn't exactly live but considering coverage of watersports is virtually non-existent anywhere, let alone in Hong Kong, this is your one chance to indulge yourself.

For those of you with a penchant for balls and holes, the Hawaiian Open Golf will be shown on Prime as well, albeit over a week late.

Day one of the tournament was played last Thursday and Prime won't be showing it until next Saturday at 10 pm.

As usual we all know the results so any element of suspense or excitement has been barbariously quashed. But these things are common, and expected, from Prime Sports.

But as far as the other sporting highlights of the week are concerned, consider yourself lucky if you are a tennis or boating fan, because you can see the same thing every day! Who needs variety?