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When is the 2019 Australian Open?

The 2019 Australian Open begins live from Melbourne on Monday January 14 and runs through to January 27, 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. Much intrigue surrounds the 2019 Australian Open, with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki set to return in an attempt to defend their titles.

Federer will be targeting a third straight Australian Open title after his stunning resurgence carried him to the silverware in 2017 and 2018 - could the Swiss legend make it a three-peat in Melbourne in 2019? Why not - Federer has proven time and time again his effortless brand of stylish tennis is clearly the best in the world at the moment, but it will be fascinating to see if the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray can return to their best form and perhaps emulate Federer in recapturing Grand Slam glory in Melbourne after long injury lay-offs. Former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka of course can never be discounted, while maybe it’s time for one of the sport’s younger stars to make a breakthrough at Grand Slam level - Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios, Hyeon Chung, Borna Coric and Denis Shapovalov are names that spring to mind in that department.

Over on the women’s side, the field is likely to be wide open once again as countless stars lay claim to being genuine contenders for the 2019 Australian Open title. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen so much depth in women’s tennis, with any one of the current top 20 or even 30 having a realistic chance of going all the way at Melbourne Park. It means that Wozniacki is going to have an almighty battle on her hands to defend her title after winning her first major at the 2018 Australian Open, with the likes of Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens all leading the chasing pack. And that’s not even mentioning the likes of seven-time champion Serena Williams (who has suffered just one loss at Melbourne Park since 2015), two-time winner Victoria Azarenka and 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, all of whom have made recent comebacks to tennis from various hiatuses.

It promises to be a magical fortnight of tennis in Australia’s sporting capital of Melbourne - and you don’t have to miss a single point, with all of the action streamed live online.

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

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
2018Roger FedererMarin CilicCaroline WozniackiSimona Halep

Greatest Australian Open champions

Almost all of the biggest names in the history of tennis have won the Australian Open title - there’s a three-way tie at the top of the men’s honour roll, with Roy Emerson, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic each winning a record six titles, while 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 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

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain draw appearancesWin-loss record2018 result
Roger Federer6 (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2017-18)1 (2009)1994-13Champion (d. Marin Cilic)
Rafael Nadal1 (2009)3 (2012, 2014, 2017)1355-12QF (lost to Marin Cilic)
Novak Djokovic6 (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16)-1461-8R16 (lost to Hyeon Chung)
Andy Murray-5 (2010-11, 2013, 2015-16)1248-12Did not play
Stan Wawrinka1 (2014)-1337-12Did not play
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-1 (2008)1136-11R3 (lost to Nick Kyrgios)
Marin Cilic-1 (2017)10 26-10Runner-up (lost to Roger Federer)
Nick Kyrgios--511-5R16 (lost to Grigor Dimitrov)

Australian Open performance: Top women

PlayerTitlesFinalsMain-draw appearancesWin-loss record2018 result
Serena Williams7 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017)1 (2016)1781-10Did not play
Victoria Azarenka2 (2012-13)-1139-9Did not play
Maria Sharapova1 (2008)3 (2007, 2012, 2016)1453-13R3 (lost to Angelique Kerber)
Angelique Kerber1 (2016)-1126-10SF (lost to Simona Halep)
Caroline Wozniacki1 (2018)-1132-10Champion (d. Simona Halep)
Venus Williams-2 (2003, 2017)1851-18R1 (lost to Belinda Bencic)
Dominika Cibulkova-1 (2014)1120-11R1 (lost to Kaia Kanepi)
Simona Halep-1 (2018)816-8Runner-up (lost to Caroline Wozniacki)

Australian Open performance timeline: Men

Player19992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Roger FedererQ1R3R3R16R16WSFWWSFFWSFSFSFSFR3SFWW
Rafael Nadal-----R3R16-QFSFWQFQFF-FQFR1FQF
Novak Djokovic------R1R1R16WQFQFWWWQFWWR2R16
Andy Murray-------R1R16R1R16FFSFFQFFFR16-
Stan Wawrinka-----Q1Q2R2R3R2R3R3QFR3R16WSFR16SFR2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga--------R1FQFSFR3R16QFR16-R16QFR3
Marin Cilic--------R1R16R16SFR16-R3R2-R3R2F
Nick Kyrgios-------------Q1Q1R2QFR3R2R16

Australian Open performance timeline: Women

Player199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Serena WilliamsR2R3R16QF-W-WR3WQFWW-R16QFR16WFW-
Victoria Azarenka--------R1R3R3R16QFR16WWQFR16QF--
Maria Sharapova-----R1R3SFSFFW-R1R16FSFR16FQF-R3
Angelique Kerber---------Q1R2R1R3R1R3R16R16R1WR16SF
Caroline Wozniacki----------R16R3R16SFQFR16R3R2R1R3W
Venus WilliamsQFQF-SFQFFR3R16R1-QFR2QFR3-R3R1QFR1FR1
Dominika Cibulkova---------Q1R1R16R1R3R2R2FQFR1R3R1
Simona Halep------------Q1R3R1R1QFQFR1R1F

Australian Open tips

It’s hard to go past Roger Federer as the favourite for the 2019 Australian Open. The Swiss maestro has dominated the Australian Open over the last two years, compiling a 14-match winning streak at the tournament in securing back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. Having recently regained the No. 1 ranking, Federer - who turns 37 in 2018 - isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will of course be in the conversation, as will the likes of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios and more.

The women’s field is far more complicated, with any number of players laying legitimate claims for the title. Caroline Wozniacki faces stiff competition in order to defend her title from the likes of Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova and so many more. However, it could be the case of a former champion returning to glory in Melbourne - be it Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, all of whom should be fit, firing and ready to go after gaining further match practice throughout 2018.

Australian Open live streaming

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