Rowan here, keeping up the Auckland blogging coverage thing. The Heineken Open started today! Nice and breezy day one, the top four seeds have first round byes so it’ll be a slow burn for the first two days.
Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Japanese whiz kid Kei Nishikori when Kei retired in the first set, sore arm, a bummer. He didn’t look too distraught but I imagine he is saving himself for the Australian Open. I can tell why he’s supposed to be good though, he hit some smooth winners. But I’m glad Ferrero got through, he was runner up last year, everybody loves him. He’s the Mosquito.