AUSTRALIA’S top doubles player now calls WA home — and it’s all in the name of love.
Victorian John Peers moved to Perth to be closer to his fiancee, golfer Danielle Montgomery. The pair live in Dianella and Peers is loving life in the west.
“It’s been great being based in Perth,” Peers said. “Everything is a little bit smaller and a little bit easier, and the temperature is always a little more consistent (than Melbourne). I’ve been doing a lot of work with (Tennis West coaches) Andrew Roberts and Lenny (Cannell), they’ve been great helping me out every time I get back.
Ranked No. 8 in the world, the 27-year-old won this month’s Brisbane International doubles alongside Finland’s Henri Kontinen in their first tournament together.
Until late last year, Peers played with Davis Cup champion — Brit Jamie Murray.
“It’s been going really well (with Henri) on and off the court, which is important because you spend so much time together,” he said.
Peers’ best finish at the Australian Open was third round last year, something he’s confident of improving on this time around.
“I made the (doubles) final of Wimbledon and US (Open) last year to back it up, so I don’t see why we can’t put some good results together,” he said.
Montgomery will be cheering on her fiance from the sidelines.
It’s a love match which works both ways, with Peers caddying for her earlier this week. “She’ll be there,” Peers said.
“She’s actually taken a couple of smaller tournaments off in Sydney to come down for the Aussie Open.”
Peers’ Australian Open campaign gets underway on Wednesday when he and Kontinen — seeded eighth in the tournament — take on Aussie pair Luke Saville and John-Patrick Smith.
The winning combination may face up against retiring champion Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth in the second round.