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Australian Open 2018 Live Stream: Australian Open live tennis from Melbourne

Live Tennis Staff in News 30 Nov 2017
  • The 2018 Australian Open is live from Melbourne between January 15-28
  • The very best in men's and women's tennis return to Melbourne for another shot at Australian Open glory
Rod Laver Arena, the centre court of the Australian Open (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The 2018 Australian Open will be bigger and better than ever before as the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Melbourne plays host to the best in the men’s and women’s game once more for a fortnight of breathless tennis action, live from Melbourne Park between January 15-28.

Australian Open 2018 Tournament Schedule

Australian Open 2018 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
15 Jan 2018 00:00R1Melbourne Park
16 Jan 2018 00:00R1Melbourne Park
17 Jan 2018 00:00R2Melbourne Park
18 Jan 2018 00:00R2Melbourne Park
19 Jan 2018 00:00R3Melbourne Park
20 Jan 2018 00:00R3Melbourne Park
21 Jan 2018 00:00R16Melbourne Park
22 Jan 2018 00:00R16Melbourne Park
23 Jan 2018 00:00QFsMelbourne Park
24 Jan 2018 00:00QFsMelbourne Park
25 Jan 2018 02:30SFs (women's semis + one men's semi)Melbourne Park
26 Jan 2018 08:30SFs (second men's semi)Melbourne Park
27 Jan 2018 08:30Women's singles finalMelbourne Park
28 Jan 2018 08:30Men's singles finalMelbourne Park

Who is playing the Australian Open in 2018?

The first Grand Slam of the season once again welcomes the best in men’s and women’s tennis to Melbourne Park as the 2018 Australian Open begins on Monday January 15.

Has there ever been a more highly-anticipated start to a season, at least in recent memory? There’s so many potential storylines to be written at the 2018 Australian Open as the opening major of the season sees some of world’s best tennis players return from various lengthy spells on the sidelines.

Last year on the men’s side we witnessed the initial resurgence of legendary champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the pair squared off in a classic five-set final. Both players were missing for large chunks of the 2016 season, but they returned at the peak of their powers in Melbourne as Federer edged his great rival to capture a fairytale 18th Grand Slam title. Federer and Nadal would go on to dominate the slams in 2017, winning two each as they finished the year in the top two positions. Their respective comebacks started in Melbourne, but can Federer and Nadal hold off some of their contemporary rivals who will be looking to emulate their stunning form upon a return from injury?

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and five-time runner-up Andy Murray both haven’t picked up a racquet in a competitive environment since Wimbledon, but after watching Nadal and Federer dominant after injury setbacks, the pair will be confident and determined to repeat those efforts - and it all begins at Melbourne Park. Djokovic and Murray both suffered shock early exits at the Australian Open last year to Denis Istomin and Mischa Zverev respectively - can they return to top form instantly like Federer and Nadal, or are they destined for another challenging season?

Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Djokovic and Murray, with the Swiss star also sidelined since Wimbledon with a knee injury. Wawrinka recently split with coach Magnus Norman, ending one of the most successful partnerships in recent memory, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back with a combination of Norman leaving and rustiness from a knee issue a steep obstacle for Wawrinka to overcome. Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, two top 10 mainstays of the last few years, are also making their respective comebacks from injury problems during the Australian summer.

The spotlight will also be cast brightly on a number of players who stepped up and took advantage of the aforementioned players being out injured at the end of last season, including Nitto ATP Finals champion and current World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, who was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open last year, falling to Nadal in five-set thriller. Dimitrov, who also won in Brisbane and captured a maiden Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati in 2017, will be determined to continue his momentum into the new season and first slam of 2018.

David Goffin and Jack Sock, two players who experienced extraordinary finishes to 2017, will also be players to watch in Melbourne as they target a deep run at a major, while former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro will be looking for a big tournament as her returns to Melbourne after skipping the Australian summer last season in favour of more rest and recovery from his initial comeback to tennis.

And we mustn’t forget all the young guns who are aiming to step up and cause a genuine generational shift in 2018, led by World No. 4 Alexander Zverev (who is still searching for his first big run at a major) and backed up by the likes of local hope Nick Kyrgios, Andrey Rublev, Borna Coric, Karen Khachanov, Denis Shapovalov, Kyle Edmund and inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals winner Hyeon Chung.

Intrigue and anticipation is just as high over on the women’s side. Only 1,200 points separate the top seven players in the rankings, highlighting the level of competitiveness at the top of the tennis mountain, while some of the players set to be seeded in the high 20s illustrates the immense depth of the women’s field, which should once again ensure a dramatic, thrilling and unpredictable fortnight of Grand Slam tennis.

And that’s not even mentioning the likes of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, who are all either continuing or making a comeback from respective spells on the sidelines and could be drawn against a top 10 player in the first week. Serena, who has won seven Australian Open titles, famously beat sister Venus in the final last season, but at the time of writing her participation is still up in the air as she continues to nurse new baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, who was born in September. Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion, made solid strides back up the rankings in 2017 as she returned from a doping ban (the Russian’s positive test was actually taken in Melbourne), but not enough to be seeded, with the five-time major winner at the mercy of the draw gods early on. Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka is also scheduled to return to Grand Slam action in Melbourne as she hopefully comes to a peaceful agreement in her ongoing custody battle.

In terms of title contenders outside the aforementioned returning three, where do you even start? The women’s field is wide open - and has been for a while, highlighted by Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens winning majors in 2017. Will we see another surprise winner, or will an established member of the top 10 prevail? Simona Halep, who finally secured the No. 1 ranking late last season, is still searching for her maiden Grand Slam title, but she’s never performed well in Melbourne, losing in the first round the last two seasons and only making the second week twice in seven appearances. Halep will also be battling to keep her newly-gained No. 1 ranking in Melbourne, with the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Venus Williams, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia all in contention to rise into top spot over the fortnight at Melbourne Park.

Multiple other players outside of the top 10 will be dangerous at the 2018 Australian Open. Angelique Kerber, who won her maiden major crown in stunning fashion by beating Serena Williams in the 2016 final, will be hoping for a swift return to form after a nightmare 2017 in which she dropped to No. 21 in the rankings, while former runner-up Dominika Cibulkova and Agnieszka Radwanska will also be aiming to bounce back from underwhelming seasons. Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova makes her return to the Australian Open after missing last year’s event due being the victim of a terrifying home invasion attack which left her with career-threatening stab wounds to her dominant left hand, while Madison Keys is looking to build on her run to the U.S. Open final in September.

Australia’s hopes will rest on the shoulders of Ashleigh Barty - who climbed over 300 spots in the rankings in 2017 - Daria Gavrilova and Sam Stosur, while rising stars to watch in Melbourne include Daria Kasatkina, Anett Kontaveit, Elise Mertens, Ana Konjuh, Donna Vekic, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, CiCi Bellis, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka.

Australian Open 2018 Seeds

Check back here in January as the 2018 Australian Open seeds are announced.

About the Australian Open

Known as the ‘Happy Slam’, the Australian Open has a history stretching back to 1905. It was then known as the Australasian Championships and then the Australian Championships, before becoming the Australian Open in 1969. The tournament has been staged in five Australian and two New Zealand cities before finding its current home in Melbourne in 1972, when it was played at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club before moving to Melbourne Park in 1988. This was when the event switched from grass to its current surface of hard courts.

Melbourne Park's main stadium is the Rod Laver Arena, seating nearly 15,000 people and equipped with a retractable roof. The Margaret Court and Hisense Arenas round out the major stages at the tournament.

Almost every legend of tennis, past and present, has lifted either the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup or the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy at the Australian Open. Until recently, Roy Emerson held the record for most men’s titles, winning his first of six titles in 1961 before dominating the tournament with five consecutive titles between 1963 and 1967, but he was joined in 2016 by Novak Djokovic when he claimed his sixth title (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16). Djokovic already held the record for most consecutive titles won in the Open Era and could become the all-time most successful male singles player at the Australian Open if he triumphs once more in 2018. Roger Federer follows Emerson and Djokovic with five Australian Open titles, including a stunning comeback triumph in 2017 over great rival Rafael Nadal, who’s lone title at Melbourne Park came in 2009 with a victory over Federer.

On the women's side, Margaret Court won the Australian Open an incredible 11 times, including four times in the Open Era, finishing in 1973. 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, with her six Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015), holds the record for most women’s titles in the Open Era, while Margaret Court (1969, 1970, 1971), Evonne Goolagong Crawley (1974, 1975, 1976), Steffi Graf (1988, 1989, 1990), Monica Seles (1991, 1992, 1993) and Martina Hingis (1997, 1998, 1999) are tied for the most consecutive Open Era titles.

The last Australian to win the men’s title was Mark Edmonson in 1967, while Chris O’Neil in 1978 holds the honour for the women.

Australian Open Tournament Information

Australian Open fast facts

Australian OpenAustralian Open
DatesJanuary 15-28, 2018
LocationMelbourne, Australia
VenueMelbourne Park
CategoryGrand Slam
Draw Size128
First Played1905
Prize Money55 million AUD
Most Titles (men)Roy Emerson, Novak Djokovic (6)
Most Titles (women)Margaret Court (11)
Reigning Singles Champion (men)Roger Federer
Reigning Singles Champion (women)Serena Williams
Reigning Doubles Champion (men)John Peers/Henri Kontinen
Reigning Doubles Champion (women)Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova

Previous Australian Open Champions

Former Australian Open champions (Open Era)

YearMen's ChampionMen's Runner-upWomen's ChampionWomen's Runner-up
1969Rod LaverAndres GimenoMargaret CourtBillie Jean King
1970Arthur AsheDick CrealyMargaret CourtKerry Melville
1971Ken RosewallArthur AsheMargaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1972Ken RosewallMalcolm AndersonVirginia WadeEvonne Goolagong
1973John NewcombeOnny ParunMargaret CourtEvonne Goolagong
1974Jimmy ConnorsPhil DentEvonne GoolagongChris Evert
1975John NewcombeJimmy ConnorsEvonne GoolagongMartina Navratilova
1976Mark EdmonsonJohn NewcombeEvonne GoolagongRenata Tomanova
1977Roscoe Tanner (Dec), Vitas Gerulaitis (Jan(Guillermo Vilas (Dec), John Lloyd (Jan)Kerry Melville Reid (Dec), Evonne Goolagong (Jan)Dianne Fromholtz (Dec), Helen Gourlay (Jan)
1978Guillermo VilasJohn MarksChris O'NeilBetsy Nagelsen
1979Guillermo VilasJohn SadriBarbara JordanSharon Welsh
1980Brian TeacherKim WarwickHana MandlikovaWendy Turnbull
1981Johan KriekSteve DentonMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1982Johan KriekSteve DentonChris EvertMartina Navratilova
1983Mats WilanderIvan LendlMartina NavratilovaKathy Jordan
1984Mats WilanderKevin CurrenChris EvertHelena Sukova
1985Stefan EdbergMats WilanderMartina NavratilovaChris Evert
1986Not heldNot heldNot heldNot held
1987Stefan EdbergPat CashHana MandlikovaMartina Navratilova
1988Mats WilanderPat CashSteffi GrafChris Evert
1989Ivan LendlMiloslav MecirSteffi GrafHelena Sukova
1990Ivan LendlStefan EdbergSteffi GrafMary Joe Fernandez
1991Boris BeckerIvan LendlMonica SelesJana Novotna
1992Jim CourierStefan EdbergMonica SelesMary Joe Fernandez
1993Jim CourierStefan EdbergMonica SelesSteffi Graf
1994Pete SamprasTodd MartinSteffi GrafArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1995Andre AgassiPete SamprasMary PierceArantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996Boris BeckerMichael ChangMonica SelesAnke Huber
1997Pete SamprasCarlos MoyaMartina HingisMary Pierce
1998Petr KordaMarcelo RiosMartina HingisConchita Martinez
1999Yevgeny KafelnikovThomas EnqvistMartina HingisAmelie Mauresmo
2000Andre AgassiVevgeny KafelnikovLindsay DavenportMartina Hingis
2001Andre AgassiArnaud ClementJennifer CapriatiMartina Hingis
2002Thomas JohanssonMarat SafinJennifer CapriatiMartina Hingis
2003Andre AgassiRainer SchuettlerSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
2004Roger FedererMarat SafinJustine HeninKim Clijsters
2005Marat SafinLleyton HewittSerena WilliamsLindsay Davenport
2006Roger FedererMarcos BaghdatisAmelie MauresmoJustine Henin
2007Roger FedererFernando GonzalezSerena WilliamsMaria Sharapova
2008Novak DjokovicJo-Wilfried TsongaMaria SharapovaAna Ivanovic
2009Rafael NadalRoger FedererSerena WilliamsDinara Safina
2010Roger FedererAndy MurraySerena WilliamsJustine Henin
2011Novak DjokovicAndy MurrayKim ClijstersLi Na
2012Novak DjokovicRafael NadalVictoria AzarenkaMaria Sharapova
2013Novak DjokovicAndy MurrayVictoria AzarenkaLi Na
2014Stan WarwrinkaRafael NadalLi NaDominika Cibulkova
2015Novak DjokovicAndy MurraySerena WilliamsMaria Sharapova
2016Novak DjokovicAndy MurrayAngelique KerberSerena Williams
2017Roger FedererRafael NadalSerena WilliamsVenus Williams

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Australian Open 2018 Live Stream: Australian Open live tennis from Melbourne

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