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AUSTRALIAN OPEN LIVE STREAM

AUSTRALIAN OPEN LIVE STREAM

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Australian Open tennis is live from 20 January-2 February 2020 with play starting around 11am local/10am BST. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

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Australian Open Tournament Schedule

Australian Open 2020

Date – Time Event Name Location
20 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day) Melbourne Park
20 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night) Melbourne Park
21 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (day) Melbourne Park
21 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R1 matches (night) Melbourne Park
22 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day) Melbourne Park
22 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night) Melbourne Park
23 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (day) Melbourne Park
23 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R2 matches (night) Melbourne Park
24 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day) Melbourne Park
24 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night) Melbourne Park
25 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (day) Melbourne Park
25 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R3 matches (night) Melbourne Park
26 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day) Melbourne Park
26 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night) Melbourne Park
27 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (day) Melbourne Park
27 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s R16 matches (night) Melbourne Park
28 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day) Melbourne Park
28 Jan 2020 08:00 Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night) Melbourne Park
29 Jan 2020 00:00 Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (day) Melbourne Park
29 Jan 2020 08:30 Men’s & women’s quarterfinals (night) Melbourne Park
30 Jan 2020 02:00 Women’s semifinals (day) Melbourne Park
30 Jan 2020 08:30 Men’s semifinal (night) Melbourne Park
31 Jan 2020 08:30 Men’s semifinal (night) Melbourne Park
01 Feb 2020 08:30 Women’s final (night) Melbourne Park
02 Feb 2020 08:30 Men’s final (night) Melbourne Park

All singles matches from all courts are available to stream live to bet365 customers with funded accounts.

Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles matches, as well as junior, legends and wheelchair doubles, are also available to watch and bet on live.

When is the 2020 Australian Open?

The 2020 Australian Open begins live from Melbourne on Monday 20 January and runs through to Sunday 2 February, with the very best in men’s and women’s tennis battling it out at Melbourne Park for one of the sport’s biggest prizes.

With a full off-season under their belt, players arrive in Melbourne fresh and determined to put everything they have into the first Grand Slam of a long and energy-sapping season. Novak Djokovic, now possessed of a record seven Australian Open titles, and Naomi Osaka, who became world no. 1 when she claimed the women’s title in 2019, will lead the draw in Melbourne in 2020.

Australian Open Seeds

Here are the seeded players for the 2020 Australian Open, along with their results so far and their next opponents.

Men’s seeds

Seed Player Latest result Next opponent
1 Rafael Nadal d. Hugo Dellien, 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 Federico Delbonis (R2)
2 Novak Djokovic d. Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

d. Tatsuma Ito (WC), 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

 Yoshihito Nishioka (R3)
3 Roger Federer d. Steve Johnson, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

d. Filip Krajinovic, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1

John Millman (3)
4 Daniil Medvedev d. Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Pedro Martinez (Q) (R2)
5 Dominic Thiem d. Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 Alexander Bolt (WC) (R2)
6 Stefanos Tsitsipas d. Salvatore Caruso, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (W/O)

Milos Raonic (32) (R3)
7 Alexander Zverev d. Marco Cecchinato, 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 Egor Gerasimov (R2)
8 Matteo Berrettini d. Andrew Harris, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Lost to Tennys Sandgren, 6-7(9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 5-7

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9 Roberto Bautista Agut d. Feliciano Lopez, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5

d. Michael Mmoh (WC), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Marin Cilic (R3)
10 Gael Monfils d. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 Ivo Karlovic (R2)
11 David Goffin d. Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (R2)
12 Fabio Fognini d. Reilly Opelka, 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(10)

d. Jordan Thompson, 7-6(4), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(4)

Guido Pella (22)
13 Denis Shapovalov Lost to Marton Fucsovics, 3-6, 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-7(3)
14 Diego Schwartzman d. Lloyd Harris, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

d. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Dusan Lajovic (24)
15 Stan Wawrinka d. Damir Dzumhur, 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 Andreas Seppi (R2)
16 Karen Khachanov d. Mario Vilella Martinez (Q), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 Mikael Ymer (R2)
17 Andrey Rublev d. Christopher O’Connell (WC), 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) Yuichi Sugita (R2)
18 Grigor Dimitrov d. Juan Ignacio Londero, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-4

Lost to Tommy Paul, 4-6, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-7(3)

19 John Isner d. Thiago Monteiro, 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(7), 7-6(5) Alejandro Tabilo (Q) (R2)
20 Felix Auger-Aliassime Lost to Ernests Gulbis (Q), 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
21 Benoit Paire d. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-0

Lost to Marin Cilic, 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 1-6, 6-7(3)

22 Guido Pella d. John Patrick Smith, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

d. Gregoire Barrere, 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Fabio Fognini (12) (R3)
23 Nick Kyrgios d. Lorenzo Sonego, 6-2, 7-6(3), 7-6(1) Gilles Simon (R2)
24 Dusan Lajovic d. Kyle Edmund, 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4)

d. Marc Polmans (WC), 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Diego Schwartzman (14)
25 Borna Coric Lost to Sam Querrey, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6
26 Nikoloz Basilashvili d. Soon-woo Kwon, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Fernando Verdasco (R2)
27 Pablo Carreno Busta d. Jozef Kovalik (LL), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(2) Peter Gojowczyk (Q)
28 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Lost to Alexei Popyrin, 7-6(5), 2-6, 1-6 (ret.)
29 Taylor Fritz d. Tallon Griekspoor (Q), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Kevin Anderson (R2)
30 Dan Evans d. Mackenzie McDonald, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3

Lost to Yoshihito Nishioka, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6

31 Hubert Hurkacz d. Denis Novak (Q), 6-7(4), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Lost to John Millman, 4-6, 5-7, 3-6

32 Milos Raonic d. Lorenzo Giustino (LL), 6-2, 6-1, 6-3

d. Cristian Garin, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Stefanos Tsitsipas (6)

Women’s seeds

Seed Player Latest result Next opponent
1 Ashleigh Barty d. Lesia Tsurenko, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

d. Polona Hercog, 6-1, 6-4

Elena Rybakina (29) (R3)
2 Karolina Pliskova d. Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 7-5 Laura Siegemund (R2)
3 Naomi Osaka d. Marie Bouzkova, 6-2, 6-4

d. Zheng Saisai, 6-2, 6-4

Coco Gauff (R3)
4 Simona Halep d. Jennifer Brady, 7-6(5), 6-1 Harriet Dart (Q) (R2)
5 Elina Svitolina d. Katie Boulter, 6-4, 7-5 Lauren Davis (R2)
6 Belinda Bencic d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-3, 7-5 Jelena Ostapenko (R2)
7 Petra Kvitova d. Katerina Siniakova, 6-1, 6-0

d. Paula Badosa, 7-5, 7-5

Ekaterina Alexandrova (25) (R3)
8 Serena Williams d. Anastasia Potapova, 6-0, 6-3

d. Tamara Zidansek, 6-2, 6-3

Wang Qiang (27) (R3)
9 Kiki Bertens d. Irina Camelia Begu, 6-1, 6-4 Arina Rodionova (WC) (R2)
10 Madison Keys d. Daria Kasatkina, 6-3, 6-1

d. Arantxa Rus, 7-6(3), 6-2

Maria Sakkari (22) (R3)
11 Aryna Sabalenka Lost to Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-7(6), 6-7(6)
12 Johanna Konta Lost to Ons Jabeur, 4-6, 2-6
13 Petra Martic d. Christina McHale, 6-3, 6-0

Lost to Julia Goerges, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7

14 Sonia Kenin d. Marta Trevisan (Q), 6-2, 6-4

d. Ann Li (Q), 6-1, 6-3

Zhang Shuai (R3)
15 Marketa Vondrousova Lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2-6, 6-4, 4-6
16 Elise Mertens d. Danka Kovinic, 6-2, 6-0 Heather Watson (R2)
17 Angelique Kerber d. Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Q), 6-2, 6-2 Priscilla Hon (WC) (R2)
18 Alison Riske d. Wang Yafan, 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3

d. Lin Zhu, 6-3, 6-1

Julia Goerges (R3)
19 Donna Vekic d. Maria Sharapova (WC), 6-3, 6-4 Alize Cornet (R2)
20 Karolina Muchova d. Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(10) CiCi Bellis (R2)
21 Amanda Anisimova Lost to Zarina Diyas, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6
22 Maria Sakkari d. Margarita Gasparyan, 6-2, 6-2

d. Nao Hibino (Q), 7-6(4), 6-4

Madison Keys (10)
23 Dayana Yastremska d. Kaja Juvan (Q), 6-1, 6-1

Lost to Caroline Wozniacki, 5-7, 5-7

24 Sloane Stephens Lost to Zhang Shuai, 6-2, 5-7, 2-6
25 Ekaterina Alexandrova d. Jil Teichmann, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

d. Barbora Krejcikova (Q), 6-1, 6-3

Petra Kvitova (R3)
26 Danielle Collins d. Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 Yulia Putintseva (R2)
27 Wang Qiang d. Pauline Parmentier (WC), 7-6(2), 6-3

d. Fiona Ferro, 6-1, 6-2

Serena Williams (8)
28 Anett Kontaveit d. Astra Sharma (WC), 6-0, 6-2 Sara Sorribes Tormo (R2)
29 Elena Rybakina d. Bernarda Pera, 6-3, 6-2

d. Greet Minnen (Q), 6-3, 6-4

Ashleigh Barty (1) (R3)
30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Nina Stojanovic, 6-1, 7-5 Taylor Townsend (R3)
31 Anastasija Sevastova Lost to Ajla Tomljanovic, 1-6, 1-6
32 Barbora Strycova Lost to Sorana Cirstea, 2-6, 6-7(5)

Australian Open Players 2020

The ‘Australian championships’, the ‘Happy Slam’, the ‘Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific’ – the Australian Open wears many hats, but one thing is absolutely to be relied upon: A full cast of the best players in the world, and 2020 is no exception.

Novak Djokovic
World no. 2 Novak Djokovic returns to the Australian Open in 2020 not just as the defending champion, but as the all-time title leader, having broken a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson when he delivered a brilliant beatdown of Rafael Nadal in the 2019 final.

Djokovic warmed up for the Australian Open with an impressive run at the inaugural ATP Cup where he led Serbia to the title, beating Nadal in the final. A perfect 6-0 in singles so far in 2020, his potential opponents at the Happy Slam include Diego Schwartzman in the round of 16, Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals and Federer in the semifinals.

Despite dropping a set in the first round for the first time at the Australian Open since 2006, Djokovic impressed in a high-quality match against one of the tougher opponents he could have opened against, big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. The 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory set up a second-round clash with wildcard Tatsuma Ito on Wednesday, which Djokovic cruised through  6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Next match: Djokovic faces another Japanese player in the third round on Friday 24 January, Yoshihito Nishioka

Naomi Osaka
Having been ranked outside the top 70 12 months previously, Naomi Osaka completed a meteoric rise to the very top of the rankings when she won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, defeating Petra Kvitova in a thrilling three-set final., becoming the first player since Jennifer Capriati almost 20 years previously to win her first two major titles at back-to-back Grand Slams.

A semifinalist at the Brisbane International, where defending champion Karolina Pliskova ended her run, Osaka opened her title defense with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Marie Bouzkova before beating San Jose champion Zheng Saisai with an identical scoreline despitre windy conditions. She could face seven-time champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Next match: Osaka faces 15-year-old phenomenon Coco Gauff in the third round on Friday 24 January, in a rematch of their memorable clash at the US Open

Rafael Nadal
The 2009 champion Rafael Nadal once again fell short in his attempt to become the second man in the Open Era to win all Grand Slams at least twice when he was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets in the final – but his dominant run to the final without dropping a set shows there’s plenty of life in Nadal’s Australian Open career, especially after his devastating run of form to end 2019 as the world no. 1.

Nadal came close to leading Spain to Davis Cup and ATP Cup titles within seven weeks of each other, but fell short in the final in Sydney when he lost in straight sets to Djokovic, showing some signs of fatigue. With Federer and Djokovic both in the bottom half of the draw, however, the luck has been with Nadal, whose potential opponents on the way to the final include Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16, Dominic Thiem or Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals and Alexander Zverev or Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

Nadal scored an emphatic victory over Hugo Dellien of Bolivia to start his campaign, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.

Next match: Nadal plays next against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on Thursday 23 January

Serena Williams
It was a dramatic Australian Open for Serena Williams in 2019 as she continued to chase down Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams – but she left Melbourne still trailing by one, scoring a dazzling victory over top seed Simona Halep in the fourth round, but suffered a shocking letdown in her quarterfinal match against Karolina Pliskova, losing despite leading 5-1 in the decider and holding three match points.

Williams broke her trophy drought in the run-up to the Australian Open at the ASB Classic in Auckland where she claimed the 73rd singles title of her career. Like Osaka, Williams has been drawn in the packed second quarter of the draw, with Wang Qiang and Johanna Konta or Caroline Wozniacki standing between her and the quarterfinals, where she could meet the defending champion. The American opened her quest for an eighth Australian Open title with a resounding 6-0, 6-3 win over Anastasia Potapova, and beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-2, 6-3.

Next match: Williams faces Wang Qiang, whom she beat 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the US Open, in the third round on Friday 24 January

Roger Federer
The 2017-18 champion found himself on the losing end of a generation clash with new star Stefanos Tsitsipas – a man 17 years his junior – in the round of 16 and exited the Australian Open before the quarterfinals, then ignited speculation in some quarters and hysteria in others with his announcement that he would be playing the French Open in 2019 after skipping it in previous years.

Now 38 years old, Federer has not played a warm-up event before the Australian Open. He could face Djokovic in the semifinals, but before that potential opponents include in-form, big-serving Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the third round, Grigor Dimitrov (who beat him at the US Open) in the fourth round and Italians Matteo Berrettini or Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinals. But none of those players will be feeling too confident after Federer’s searing 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Steve Johnson in the first round on Monday, which was followed by an even more crushing 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Filip Krajinovic, the former Paris Masters finalist.

Next match: Federer will face John Millman, who scored an unlikely victory over him in humid conditions at the 2018 US Open, in the third round on Friday 24 January

Ashleigh Barty
Australia’s own ‘Ash’ made her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 2019 after impressing with a win over Maria Sharapova, and went on to rise to the very top of the tennis world, claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open, rising to world no. 1 and ending the year by winning the WTA Finals Shenzhen.

The pressure will be intense as the ‘Barty Party’ returns to Melbourne in 2020, with Australians desperate for their first homegrown singles champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978. After warming up with a strong run in Adelaide, Barty could face the rising Kazakh Elena Rybakina in the third round and Alison Riske, who knocked her out of Wimbledon at the same stage in 2019, in the round of 16, with former semifinalist Madison Keys and last year’s finalist Petra Kvitova among potential quarterfinal opponents. The top seed began her campaign by coming back from a set down against Lesia Tsurenko, making 19 unforced errors in the first round but only 11 in the second and third combined for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win. Matters were simpler against Polona Hercog as Barty won 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round.

Next match: Barty will take on 29th seed Elena Rybakina, who has reached two WTA Tour finals already in 2020, on Friday 24 January

Daniil Medvedev

Russia’s Medvedev served early notice of his intentions when he made a run to the last 16 at the Australian Open in 2019, defeating David Goffin before taking a set from Djokovic. Medvedev went on to put together a spectacular summer surge, reaching six consecutive finals and claiming his first two Masters 1000 Series titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai, as well as pushing Nadal to five sets in a thrilling US Open final.

A top-four seed at a major for the first time, Medvedev played a key role in leading Russia to the semifinals of the ATP Cup before succumbing to Djokovic in three sets. He brackets a ‘young gun’ quarter in the top half of the draw and is projected to meet Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals with the winner likely to face Nadal in the semifinals.

Handed a tricky draw in the first round, as he took on 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, Medvedev acquitted himself well, scoring a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over the American.

Next match: Medvedev takes on little-known qualifier Pedro Martinez on Thursday 23 January

Petra Kvitova
Seven years after she reached her first Australian Open semifinal, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova did it again – and went one better, reaching her maiden Melbourne final without dropping a set in a series of dazzling performances. Although she fell short in the final to Osaka, Kvitova said that she wanted to win the title but had already won two years ago when she survived a knife attack in her home and managed to rebuild her career despite severe injuries to her playing hand.

The much-beloved Kvitova was troubled by a hand injury in 2019, but opened 2020 strongly with a semifinal run at the Brisbane International before losing to Madison Keys. Seeded seventh in Melbourne, Kvitova could meet top seed Barty in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal, but might have to survive a Brisbane rematch with  big-serving Keys first. The Czech began her run with an emphatic 6-1, 6-0 victory over compatriot Katerina Siniakova, but had to work much harder for a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Paula Badosa.

Next match: Kvitova will play Shenzhen Open Ekaterina Alexandrova, the 25th seed, in the third round on Friday 24 January

Stefanos Tsitsipas
At a 2019 Australian Open which saw several men aged 22 or under going deep into the draw, including Australia’s own Alex de Minaur and the USA’s charismatic Frances Tiafoe, it was tousle-haired Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who staked a claim to be the brightest rising star in men’s tennis. Supported every inch of the way by Melbourne’s substantial Greek community, Tsitsipas defeated Federer in four sets in the round of 16 and went on to make his first Grand Slam semifinal before losing to Nadal.

Tsitsipas ended his season by winning the Nitto ATP Finals at London’s O2 Arena and comes into the Australian Open 2020 seeded sixth, but having gone 1-2 at the ATP Cup. Drawn in the Federer-Djokovic half of the draw and seeded to meet the defending champion in the quarterfinals, Tsitsipas could also have to contend with big-serving Milos Raonic and the quietly brilliant Roberto Bautista Agut through the first week. The Greek cruised through the first round against Salvatore Caruso on Monday, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 and got a walkover from German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday.

Next match: Tsitsipas faces big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday 24 January

Karolina Pliskova

A maiden major title might have eluded Pliskova so far, but the ‘Ace Queen’ has been a consistent performer at the Australian Open in recent years, making the quarterfinals in 2017 and 2018 and staging a remarkable comeback against Serena Williams to reach the semifinals in 2019.

The world no. 2 began 2020 by defending her Brisbane International title against a packed field and could have to face Belinda Bencic, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep if she wants to reach her first Australian Open final, with two-time quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova among dangerous early opponents.

Pliskova began her campaign with a very impressive 6-1, 7-5 win over former top-10 player Kristina Mladenovic, who seemed like she might have been a potential pitfall for the second seed, and will face Laura Siegemund in the next round after the dropshot-happy German ousted former semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe.

Next match: Pliskova faces Siegemund in the second round on Thursday 23 January

We’ll be updating all the results for seeded players here and providing round-by-round updates, plus all Australian Open matches are available to stream live via bet365 (for customers with a funded account – see the top of the page for details).

Champions at the 2019 Australian Open

Here is a full list of the players who won titles at the 2019 Australian Open.

Men’s singles champion
Novak Djokovic

Women’s singles champion
Naomi Osaka

Men’s doubles champions
Nicolas Mahut/Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Women’s doubles champions
Samantha Stosur/Zhang Shuai

Mixed doubles champions
Rajeev Ram/Barbora Krejcikova

Boys’ singles champion
Lorenzo Musetti

Girls’ singles champion
Clara Tauson

Boys’ doubles champions
Jonas Forejtek/Dalibor Svrcina

Girls’ doubles champions
Natsumi Kawagachi/Adrienn Nagy

Wheelchair men’s singles champion
Gustavo Fernandez

Wheelchair women’s singles champion
Diede de Groot

Wheelchair quad singles champion
Dylan Alcott

Wheelchair men’s doubles champions
Joachim Gerard/Stefan Olsson

Wheelchair women’s singles champions
Diede de Groot/Aniek van Koot

Wheelchair quad doubles
Dylan Alcott/Heath Davidson

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. Roger Federer tied Emerson and Djokovic for six Australian Open titles in 2018, backing up his stunning comeback triumph of 2017 when he beat great rival Rafael Nadal in the final with a five-set victory over Marin Cilic in the final of 2018.

In 2019, Djokovic became the all-time record holder for Australian Open titles when he won his seventh, beating Nadal in straight sets in the final.

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. 23-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.

The Australian Open is broadcast live around the world. From 1973 to 2018, the Seven Network served as the host broadcaster before the Nine Network acquired the rights in 2019. The tournament is currently broadcast on 13 different networks around the world. Australian Open matches are also available to watch and bet on live via bookmakers bet365.

Australian Open History

With a history that stretches all the way back to 1905 (when it was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground in Melbourne), the Australian Open has gradually grown in prestige to become the global juggernaut it is today – one of the four biggest prizes in tennis.

First branded as the Australasian Championships, and then later the Australian Championships in 1927 and finally the Australian Open in 1969, the tournament was not recognised as a major tennis event until 1924. The Australian Open’s rich history has seen it contested across two countries and seven cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Christchurch and Hastings.

Due to its geographic isolation from the rest of the world, the Australian Open suffered in terms of attracting the superstars of tennis in its initial years. Many of the game’s greats such as Pancho Gonzales and Manuel Santana never played any form of the Australian Open, while more modern-day legends like Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase only competed once. Inconvenient scheduling around the Christmas and New Year period was also a factor in players opting to remain in Europe and America during the early stages of the Australian Open.

It wasn’t until well after the establishment of the ‘Open Era’ in 1968 – the date where Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to complete alongside amateurs – that the Australian Open really began to take off as a worldwide juggernaut. The Australian Open moved to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in 1972 and was played on grass until it was moved to Flinders Park (later renamed as Melbourne Park) in 1988. The ever-growing Melbourne Park precinct remains the location for the Australian Open today.

The Australian Open was played on green Rebound Ace courts until 2008, when tournament organisers opted to switch to blue Plexicushion, which is the surface still in play to this day. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play due to wet weather or extreme heat, with the Australian Open leading the way with its three primary courts – Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena – all equipped with retractable roofs.

Why is the Australian Open called the ‘Happy Slam’?

For the better part of the last decade now, the Australian Open has been consistently referred to by players and fans alike as the ‘Happy Slam’. Why is this the case? There’s a combination of factors, including the feel-good vibe and nature of Melbourne in January, the top-notch and state-of-the-art facilities of Melbourne Park – the home of the Australian Open – and its easy-to-access location, with Melbourne Park located just a short walk from the central business district, allowing players and spectators smooth transport from the heart of the city to the tennis centre.

Roger Federer actually coined the term ‘Happy Slam’ during a pre-match interview a few years ago. This is because the general feeling amongst the majority of players is that the Australian Open is their favourite Grand Slam, with tournament officials genuinely listening to players concerns and wishes and acting accordingly to execute them, whether it be an increase in prize money or demands to build more stadiums with a roof, which allows players to compete when it’s raining or in scorching temperatures.

Also, being the first Grand Slam of the season also means that players are arriving in Melbourne fresh and relaxed after a much-deserved off-season, while it’s also the first time all the leading men and women are in the same place at once for the season – which in turn contributes to more feel-good vibes and a overall relaxed atmosphere.

Australian Open Statistics

Australian Open winners

Here is a complete list of all the men’s and women’s singles champions during the Open Era.

Active players are given in bold.

Former Australian Open champions (Open Era)

Year Men’s Champion Men’s Runner-up Women’s Champion Women’s Runner-up
1969 Rod Laver (3) Andres Gimeno Margaret Court (8) Billie Jean King
1970 Arthur Ashe Dick Crealy Margaret Court (9) Kerry Melville
1971 Ken Rosewall Arthur Ashe Margaret Court (10) Evonne Goolagong
1972 Ken Rosewall (2) Malcolm Anderson Virginia Wade Evonne Goolagong
1973 John Newcombe Onny Parun Margaret Court (11) Evonne Goolagong
1974 Jimmy Connors Phil Dent Evonne Goolagong Chris Evert
1975 John Newcombe (2) Jimmy Connors Evonne Goolagong (2) Martina Navratilova
1976 Mark Edmonson John Newcombe Evonne Goolagong (3) Renata Tomanova
1977 Roscoe Tanner (Dec), Vitas Gerulaitis (Jan) Guillermo Vilas (Dec), John Lloyd (Jan) Kerry Melville Reid (Dec), Evonne Goolagong (Jan) (4) Dianne Fromholtz (Dec), Helen Gourlay (Jan)
1978 Guillermo Vilas John Marks Chris O’Neil Betsy Nagelsen
1979 Guillermo Vilas (2) John Sadri Barbara Jordan Sharon Welsh
1980 Brian Teacher Kim Warwick Hana Mandlikova Wendy Turnbull
1981 Johan Kriek Steve Denton Martina Navratilova Chris Evert
1982 Johan Kriek (2) Steve Denton Chris Evert Martina Navratilova
1983 Mats Wilander Ivan Lendl Martina Navratilova (2) Kathy Jordan
1984 Mats Wilander (2) Kevin Curren Chris Evert (2) Helena Sukova
1985 Stefan Edberg Mats Wilander Martina Navratilova (3) Chris Evert
1986 Not held Not held Not held Not held
1987 Stefan Edberg (2) Pat Cash Hana Mandlikova (2) Martina Navratilova
1988 Mats Wilander (3) Pat Cash Steffi Graf Chris Evert
1989 Ivan Lendl Miloslav Mecir Steffi Graf (2) Helena Sukova
1990 Ivan Lendl (2) Stefan Edberg Steffi Graf (3) Mary Joe Fernandez
1991 Boris Becker Ivan Lendl Monica Seles Jana Novotna
1992 Jim Courier Stefan Edberg Monica Seles (2) Mary Joe Fernandez
1993 Jim Courier (2) Stefan Edberg Monica Seles (3) Steffi Graf
1994 Pete Sampras Todd Martin Steffi Graf (4) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1995 Andre Agassi Pete Sampras Mary Pierce Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996 Boris Becker (2) Michael Chang Monica Seles Anke Huber
1997 Pete Sampras (2) Carlos Moya Martina Hingis Mary Pierce
1998 Petr Korda Marcelo Rios Martina Hingis (2) Conchita Martinez
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thomas Enqvist Martina Hingis (3) Amelie Mauresmo
2000 Andre Agassi (2) Vevgeny Kafelnikov Lindsay Davenport Martina Hingis
2001 Andre Agassi (3) Arnaud Clement Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis
2002 Thomas Johansson Marat Safin Jennifer Capriati (2) Martina Hingis
2003 Andre Agassi (4) Rainer Schuettler Serena Williams Venus Williams
2004 Roger Federer Marat Safin Justine Henin Kim Clijsters
2005 Marat Safin Lleyton Hewitt Serena Williams (2) Lindsay Davenport
2006 Roger Federer (2) Marcos Baghdatis Amelie Mauresmo Justine Henin
2007 Roger Federer (3) Fernando Gonzalez Serena Williams (3) Maria Sharapova
2008 Novak Djokovic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Maria Sharapova Ana Ivanovic
2009 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Serena Williams (4) Dinara Safina
2010 Roger Federer (4) Andy Murray Serena Williams (5) Justine Henin
2011 Novak Djokovic (2) Andy Murray Kim Clijsters Li Na
2012 Novak Djokovic (3) Rafael Nadal Victoria Azarenka Maria Sharapova
2013 Novak Djokovic (4) Andy Murray Victoria Azarenka (2) Li Na
2014 Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal Li Na Dominika Cibulkova
2015 Novak Djokovic (5) Andy Murray Serena Williams (6) Maria Sharapova
2016 Novak Djokovic (6) Andy Murray Angelique Kerber Serena Williams
2017 Roger Federer (5) Rafael Nadal Serena Williams (7) Venus Williams
2018 Roger Federer (6) Marin Cilic Caroline Wozniacki Simona Halep
2019 Novak Djokovic (7) Rafael Nadal Naomi Osaka Petra Kvitova

Greatest Australian Open champions

Almost all of the biggest names in the history of tennis have won the Australian Open title.

Until recently, there was a three-way tie at the top of the men’s honour roll with Roy Emerson, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each having won six titles. But Djokovic’s 2019 triumph saw him take the overall lead with an all-time record of seven Australian Open titles, followed by Emerson and Federer on six.

Other multiple-time winners of the tournament include Jack Crawford, Ken Rosewall, Andre Agassi, Rod Laver, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, John Newcombe and Guillermo Vilas.

Margaret Court owns the record for the most titles on the women’s side with a staggering 11 triumphs in the Amateur and Open Era, with Serena Williams not too far behind with seven. Victoria Azarenka is the only other current active female player with multiple Australian Open titles, winning back-to-back in 2012-13, while legends such as Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Monica Seles, Steffi Graf and Martin Hingis have all reigned supreme at Melbourne Park over the years.

Australian Open records (Open Era)

Longest men’s match (time) – Australian Open 2012 final: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes.
Longest women’s match (time) – Australian Open 2011 R16:  Francesca Schiavone def. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6–4 1–6 16–14.
Longest men’s match (total games: 84) – Australian Open 2017 first round: Ivo Karlovic def. Horacio Zeballos 6-7(6) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20.
Longest women’s match (total games: 48) – Australian Open 1996 quarter-finals: Chanda Rubin def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-4 2-6 16-14 and Australian Open 2018 third round: Simona Halep def. Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13
Hottest tournament: 2009 – the 2009 Australian Open was the warmest on record, with an average daily maximum of 34.7 degrees Celsius, 9 degrees above normal.

How the biggest stars fare at the Australian Open

Australian Open performance: Top men

Player Titles Finals Main draw appearances Win-loss record 2019 result
Novak Djokovic 7 (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16, 2019) 15 68-8 Champion (d. Rafael Nadal)
Roger Federer 6 (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2017-18) 1 (2009) 20 97-14 R16 (lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas)
Rafael Nadal 1 (2009) 4 (2012, 2014, 2017, 2019) 14 61-13 Runner-up (lost to Novak Djokovic)
Andy Murray 5 (2010-11, 2013, 2015-16) 13 48-13 R1 (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut)
Stan Wawrinka 1 (2014) 14 38-13 R2 (lost to Milos Raonic)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1 (2008) 12 37-12 R2 (lost to Novak Djokovic)
Marin Cilic 1 (2017) 11  29-11 R16 (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut)
Nick Kyrgios 6 11-6 R1 (lost to Stan Wawrinka)

Australian Open performance: Top women

Player Titles Finals Main-draw appearances Win-loss record 2019 result
Serena Williams 7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017) 1 (2016) 18 85-11 QF (lost to Karolina Pliskova)
Victoria Azarenka 2 (2012-13) 12 39-10 R1 (lost to Laura Siegemund)
Maria Sharapova 1 (2008) 3 (2007, 2012, 2016) 15 56-14 R16 (lost to Ashleigh Barty)
Angelique Kerber 1 (2016) 12 29-11 R16 (lost to Danielle Collins)
Caroline Wozniacki 1 (2018) 12 34-11 R3 (lost to Maria Sharapova)
Naomi Osaka 1 (2019) 4 16-3 Champion (d. Petra Kvitova)
Venus Williams 2 (2003, 2017) 19 53-19 R3 (lost to Simona Halep)
Dominika Cibulkova 1 (2014) 12 20-12 R1 (lost to Zhang Shuai)
Simona Halep 1 (2018) 9 19-9 R16 (lost to Serena Williams)
Petra Kvitova 1 (2019) 10 20-11 Runner-up (lost to Naomi Osaka)

The 2020 Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 20 January-2 February, and matches from all courts will be streamed live via bet365.