Australian Open 2019

Australian Open 2019: The opening Grand Slam of the year gets under way on Monday with the start of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Both defending singles champions, Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer, will be in action on the Rod Laver Arena in Monday’s evening session.

But neither go into the tournament as favourites. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the players to beat in their respective draws, and both start their campaigns on Tuesday.

Here is the complete television schedule for the competition:

Monday, Jan. 14: 1st round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 7 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2

Tuesday, Jan. 15: 1st round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN2

Wednesday, Jan. 16: 2nd round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN2

Thursday, Jan. 17: 2nd round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN2

Friday, Jan. 18: 3rd round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 11 p.m. ET Thursday on ESPN2

Saturday, Jan. 19: 3rd round, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN2

Sunday, Jan. 20: Round of 16, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. Saturday ET on ESPN2

Monday, Jan. 21: Round of 16, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2

Tuesday, Jan. 22: Quarter-finals, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN2

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Quarter-finals, 12 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN2

Thursday, Jan. 24: Semi-finals, 3 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 10 p.m. ET Wednesday and 3:30 a.m on ESPN2/ESPN

Friday, Jan. 25: Men’s singles second semi-final, 8:30 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 3:30 a.m. ET on ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 26: Women’s singles final, 8:30 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 3:30 a.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, Jan. 27: Men’s singles final, 8:30 a.m. GMT on Eurosport, 3:30 a.m. ET on ESPN

The Tennis Channel will also have live coverage of the action in the U.S.. Highlights will be available in the UK on the BBC from the second Saturday. The full tournament schedule can be found on the official website.

Five-time finalist Andy Murray revealed ahead of the 2019 Australian Open that it could be his last tournament as a professional due to ongoing pain caused by a hip injury:

As such there will be keen interest in the three-time Grand Slam champion’s opening match against No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday as it could mark the final act of a momentous career.

In previous year’s the Scot would have been among the favourites to go all the way in Melbourne.

Not so in 2019 given his injury concerns, but there will be many willing him to do well in what is all but guaranteed to be his final Australian Open.

What has marked out Murray’s career as extraordinary has been his ability to consistently compete for, and win, the biggest titles despite the presence of three of the game’s greatest ever players.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 13: Novak Djokovic of Serbia during a practice session ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
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Amazingly, Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal still go into this year’s Australian Open as the top three favourites having dominated the tennis landscape for the best part of two decades.

As proved by Murray’s announcement, though, they cannot go on forever.

And among the pretenders angling to fill the void when the Big Four are gone is Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who laid down a marker at the end of last season by winning the ATP Finals, beating Federer and then Djokovic in the semi-finals and final.

The 21-year-old is the best of the rest as the No. 4 seed and the 2019 Australian Open could be his chance to firmly establish himself as the new star in tennis:

Australian Open 2019

Australian OpenĀ 2019 begins Monday, Jan. 14 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 27, with the women’s final being played on Saturday, Jan. 26, and the men’s final on the 27th.

Serena Williams will return for her first Australian Open since winning it in 2017 to seek a record-tying 24th career Grand Slam in Melbourne. Andy Murray is also primed for his comeback, while Roger Federer will chase his third consecutive Australian Open victory. As the first of the four Grand Slam events of the year, it’s sure to be worth a watch.

ESPN and Tennis Channel have full coverage of the Australian Open, with men’s and women’s finals being shown on ESPN. All other days of the tournament will be played on ESPN2. Matches will be live streamed on WatchESPN. The Australian Open will offer live streaming on their website as well.

Due to the time difference, most of the live coverage will be at odd hours of the day, with big matches being played around 3 in the morning. ESPN will also air encore coverage most afternoons.

Here’s a full tournament schedule in Melbourne time, but if you want the cheat sheet, read on for the schedule converted to eastern standard time.

Australian Open schedule

Monday, January 14 – Men’s & Women’s first round

Tuesday, January 15 – Men’s & Women’s first round

Wednesday, January 16 – Men’s & Women’s second round

Thursday, January 17 – Men’s & Women’s second round

Friday, January 18 – Men’s & Women’s second round

Saturday, January 19 – Men’s & Women’s third round

Sunday, January 20 – Men’s & Women’s fourth round

Monday, January 21 – Men’s & Women’s fourth round

Tuesday, January 22 – Men’s & Women’s quarter-finals

Wednesday, January 23 – Men’s & Women’s quarter-finals

Thursday, January 24 – Women’s semi-finals, one Men’s semi-final

Friday, January 25 – Mixed Doubles semi-final, Women’s Doubles final, one Men’s semi-final

Saturday, January 26 – Women’s Singles final, Men’s Doubles final

Sunday, January 27 – Mixed Doubles Final, Men’s Singles final