This year’s Australian Open was broadcast live on Discovery and Eurosport, with a face familiar to tennis fans on duty to show off.
Followers will find French beauty Alize Lim, 31, hosting the show alongside experts including Mats Wilander, Barbara Schett, John McEnroe and Jo Konta.
Lim, she, is still a professional tennis player – had a career high ranking of 148th in the world in 2016.
However, in recent years, the Paris-born beauty has turned to television as she embarks on a thriving media career.
She has also found time to love and date NBA legend Tony Parker.
Her hand is injured
Three years ago, with injuries forcing her out of competition, Lim presented Tennis Channel International’s original show, Academy Life.
The sudden shift of swapping tennis for a life in a television studio didn’t make Alize comfortable at first.
“At first, I didn’t feel comfortable and was almost a bit embarrassed because I enjoyed making them (episodes) but didn’t want to show them,” she said. Tennis.com.
“I worry it will make it appear as if I’m not serious about my tennis, or that I’m not professional.”
However, things are slowing down in court because of her injury-related issues and global pandemicshe understood that she needed to think about life after tennis.
“As I got older, I realized that I was interested in other things and curious about life outside of tennis,” she said.
“It has been enriching for me to have had these experiences, and I only grow more grateful and proud to have these opportunities.
“I was able to absorb different things from so many people and situations, and was curious to learn new things.
“I try to be a good communication student. I have my papers to research as much as I can before interviewing people because I’m a perfectionist. I can ask people any question. I want and they have to! I feel privileged that way.”
Lim hasn’t competed in a tennis tournament in over a year, but insists she’s yet to finish the sport.
She said: “I still love tennis; it’s still my first passion and I feel like I’ve got it in my blood. I can’t let go of it because I miss it and play tournaments.”
However, her love life now occupies an important place.
Last year, Lim began dating former San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker.
Four times NBA Champion went public with their relationship in an Instagram post of the pair looking very much in love.
The French basketball star, 39, is famous for his passionate love affairs with Hollywood stars.
He is married to Actress Eva Longoriabefore she filed for divorce after he got caught up in a prostitution scandal with the wife of a former teammate.
Parker divorced his second wife, Axelle Francine in 2020, with whom he has two children.
Over the Christmas break, Parker and Lim were seen enjoying the slopes on a ski trip in matching red outfits.
For now, however, love will have to wait as she starts preparing for the Australian Open.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/8192779/alize-lim-australian-open-presenter-discovery/ Meet Alize Lim, Australian Open presenter on Discovery and Eurosport and date NBA legend Tony Parker