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When is the 2017 Australian Open? Dates and tournament schedule for the ‘Happy Slam’ in 2017

  • Australian Open 2017 dates and tournament schedule
  • The 2017 Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 16-29 January 2017
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Novak Djokovic was the last man standing at the 2016 Australian Open - will it be the same story in 2017? (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2017 dates, the tournament schedule and everything you need to know about the first Grand Slam of the year!

Australian Open tennis is live from Melbourne from 16-29 January 2016. Watch and bet on tennis live from Melbourne at bet365 > live streaming > tennis



The 2017 Australian Open will be live from Melbourne from 16-29 January as defending champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber lead the field.

Former champions Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will be among the top players appearing at the 2017 Australian Open when it begins on Monday 16 January at Melbourne Park.

Qualifying for the 2017 Australian Open begins on Wednesday 11 January and runs until Saturday 14 January when the final qualifiers are determined, before being placed into the men’s and women’s singles draws. Saturday 14 January is also Kids’ Tennis Day, when the top stars turn out to entertain the next generation. 

The draw for the 2017 Australian Open will be made and released on Friday 13 January. 

Here is the full Australian Open 2017 tournament schedule:

Monday 16 January – men’s and women’s R1 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Tuesday 17 January – men’s and women’s R1 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Wednesday 18 January – men’s and women’s R2 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Thursday 19 January – men’s and women’s R2 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Friday 20 January – men’s and women’s R3 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Saturday 21 January – men’s and women’s R3 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Sunday 22 January – men’s and women’s R16 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Monday 23 January – men’s and women’s R16 matches
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Tuesday 24 January – men’s and women’s quarterfinals
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7pm local/8am GMT

Wednesday 25 January – men’s and women’s quarterfinals
Play starts at 11am local/12am GMT; night session begins 7.30pm local/8.30am GMT

Thursday 26 January – women’s semifinals (day), men’s semifinal #1 (night)
Day session (women's semifinals) begins 1.30pm local/2.30am GMT; night session (men's semifinals) begins 7.30pm local/8.30am GMT

Friday 27 January – men’s semifinal #2 (night)
Night session (men's semifinal #2) 

Saturday 28 January – women’s final
Women's final begins 7.30pm local/8.30am GMT

Sunday 29 January – men’s final
Men's final begins 7.30am local/8.30am GMT

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Angelique Kerber captured the 2016 Australian Open title in stunning style but can she defend it in 2017? (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
With just two weeks between the start of the 2017 season and the beginning of the Australian Open, the best of the ATP World Tour and WTA Tour will be joining the scramble to get fit for the first Grand Slam of the year, with ten events scattered across Australia, New Zealand, China, India and the Middle East in the first two weeks of the season.

But come Monday 16 January, you will find the biggest stars in tennis all gathered in Melbourne for a two-week tennis extravaganza as 128 men and 128 women duel to claim the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup or the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy – the iconic prizes awarded to the champions at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic leads the men’s field as he looks for an amazing seventh title Down Under, but new world no. 1 Andy Murray, who dethroned the Serb during the last gasp of the 2016 season and has finished runner-up at the Australian Open five times, will be equally favoured to finally win in Melbourne when the tournament begins on Monday 16 January.

The 2017 Australian Open will also see the return to action of fan favourites and former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom have claimed the Australian Open title in the past. Fans around the world will be especially eager to see Federer and Nadal return to action after both men, suffering from injuries, shut down their 2016 seasons early – Federer after Wimbledon in early July, Nadal after Shanghai in October. Both four-time champion Federer and 2009 winner Nadal are expected to be fully fit again when the tournament begins – but will either man make it to the men’s Australian Open final on Sunday 29 January?

On the women’s side, Angelique Kerber returns to defend her title but the German left-hander, who dethroned Serena Williams as the world no. 1 during a sensational 2016 season which saw her win Grand Slam titles in Melbourne and New York, will have to deal with a strong field led by Serena herself. The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who won the Australian Open six times between 2003 and 2015, will be eager to avenge her defeat to Kerber in the 2015 final in Melbourne. 

Could Williams and Kerber face off again in the Australian Open 2017 women’s final on Saturday 28 January? It’s possible, but there are plenty of other strong contenders, including 2014 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova who became the WTA Finals Singapore champion in 2016, active Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova, the experienced Agnieszka Radwanska and the powerful rising stars Madison Keys and Karolina Pliskova. 

Known as the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific as well as more informally as the ‘Happy Slam’, the Australian Open also features men’s, women’s and mixed doubles, legends, junior and wheelchair competitions as part of its two-week tennis extravaganza at Melbourne Park, home of the first Grand Slam of the year since 1988. Melbourne Park features retractable roofs over its three show courts, Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena, meaning that play can continue in the unlikely event of rain or, more pertinently, when temperatures rise to the searing heats of the Australian summer in mid-January. That means there will be no pause in the action when the 2017 Australian Open kicks off on Monday 16 January and builds to its unforgettable conclusion on Sunday 29 January.



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