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AUSTRALIAN OPEN TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Australian Open 2019 schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
25 Jan 2019 08:30Men's semifinalMelbourne Park
26 Jan 2019 08:30Women's finalMelbourne Park
27 Jan 2019 08:30Men's finalMelbourne Park

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.

Australian Open Players 2019

We’re down to the business end of the 2019 Australian Open after yet another dramatic fortnight of sublime tennis at Melbourne Park - who steps it up from here and goes home with the silverware?

We’ve seen the emergence (at least at Grand Slam level) of Greek young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas after the rising star took down two-time defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round, officially announcing himself as a genuine contender for the sport’s biggest prizes, while a rejuvenated Lucas Pouille - after linking up with Amelie Mauresmo - has put together a dream tournament in Melbourne, making his first major semi-final having never previously won a single match at the Australian Open.

The pair will be challenging established stars and modern day legends Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world who aren’t ready to pass the baton over to the younger generation just yet. Djokovic has already been tested by youth this fortnight, defeating Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev on his way to the final four - will he keep his unbeaten streak (6-0) in Australian Open semi-finals going against Pouille?

Nadal meanwhile has surged into just his Australian Open semi-final since 2014 without dropping a single set, which is surprising considering he came into the tournament having not played a competitive match since retiring in the U.S. Open semi-finals in September. The 2009 Australian Open champion is looking as good as he ever has down under, and now only 20-year-old Tsitsipas stands between him and the chance to play for a second title at Melbourne Park.

Check out the full match previews for the men's semi-finals below!


On the women’s side, we’ve seen yet another unpredictable and thrilling tournament, with the immense depth of talent once again shining through. Karolina Pliskova perhaps delivered the shock of the tournament, coming back from 1-5 down and saving four match points in the deciding set to knock out seven-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams in a moment she described as the best comeback in her life.

As a result, we could see an all-Czech final, with Sydney champion Petra Kvitova playing some of the best tennis in her career at the Australian Open, coming into the semi-finals on a 10-match winning streak and yet to drop a single set in Melbourne, beating home hope Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals. Kvitova comes up against Danielle Collins in the semi-finals, the American upstart who has experienced an outstanding tournament, reaching her first major semi-final after previously failing to win a single match at any Grand Slam.

And we can’t forget about US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who is on a 12-match winning streak at Grand Slam level and is showing no signs of slowing down as she prepares to confront Kvitova in the other semi-final.

You can read full previews of the women's semi-finals below:


With the No. 1 ranking also up for grabs, it promises to be a thrilling climax as the 2019 Australian Open draws to a close over the next few days!

Australian Open Seeds

AO 19 men's seeds

SeedPlayerBest AO resultLatest 2019 AO result
1Novak Djokovic Champion (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)R1: d. Krueger (Q), 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Tsonga (WC), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
R3: d. Shapovalov (25) 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0
R4: d. Medvedev (15) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3
QF: d. Nishikori (8) 6-1 4-1 RET
SF: Faces Lucas Pouille (28)
2Rafael NadalChampion (2009)R1: d. Duckworth (WC), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
R2: d. Ebden, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
R3: d. de Minaur (27) 6-1 6-2 6-4
R4: d. Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6(4)
QF: d. Tiafoe 6-3 6-4 6-2
SF: Faces Tsitsipas (14)
3Roger FedererChampion (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Istomin, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
R2: d. Evans (Q), 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3
R3: d. Fritz 6-2 7-5 6-2
R4: Lost to Tsitsipas (14) 7-6(11) 6-7(7) 7-5 7-6(5)
4Alexander ZverevR3R1: d. Bedene, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
R2: d. Chardy, 7-6(5), 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(6), 6-1
R3: d. Bolt (WC) 6-3 6-3 6-2
R4: Lost to Raonic (16) 6-1 6-1 7-6(5)
5Kevin AndersonR16 (2014, 2015, 2016)R1: d. Mannarino, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
R2: Lost to Frances Tiafoe, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 5-7
6Marin CilicRunner-up (2018)R1: d. Tomic, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(5)
R2: d. McDonald, 7-5, 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4
R3: d. Verdasco (26) 4-6 3-6 6-1 7-6(8) 6-3
R4: Lost to Bautista Agut (22) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4
7Dominic ThiemR16 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Paire, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3
R2: Lost to Popyrin (WC), 5-7, 4-6, 0-2 (ret.)
8Kei NishikoriQF (2012, 2015, 2016)R1: d. Majchrzak (Q), 3-6, 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-2, 3-0 (ret.)
R2: d. Karlovic, 6-3, 7-6(6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6(10-7)
R3: d. Sousa 7-6(6) 6-1 6-2
R4: d. Carreno Busta (23) 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8)
QF: Lost to Djokovic (1) 1-6 1-4 RET
9John IsnerR16 (2010, 2016)R1: Lost to Reilly Opelka, 6-7(4) 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-7(5)
10Karen KhachanovR2 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Gojowczyk, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
R2: d. Nishioka, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
R3: Lost to Bautista Agut (22) 6-4 7-5 6-2
11Borna CoricR1 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Klahn, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
R2: d. Fucsovics, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
R3: d. Krajinovic 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-3
R4: Lost to Pouille (28) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2)
12Fabio FogniniR16 (2014, 2018)R1: d. Munur, 7-6(3), 7-6(7), 3-1 (ret.)
R2: d. Mayer, 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(5)
R3: Lost to Carreno Busta (23) 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-4
13Kyle EdmundSF (2018)R1: Lost to Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 0-6, 5-7
14Stefanos Tsitsipas Main draw debutR1: d. Berrettini, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(2)
R2: d. Troicki (Q), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
R3: d. Basilashvili (19) 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4
R4: d. Federer (3) 6-7(11) 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(5)
QF: d. Bautista Agut (22) 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2)
SF: Faces Nadal (2)
15Daniil MedvedevR2 (2018)R1: d. Harris (Q), 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
R2: d. Harrison, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
R3: d. Goffin (21) 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3
R4: Lost to Djokovic (1) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3
16Milos RaonicSF (2016)R1: d. Kyrgios, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4
R2: d. Wawrinka, 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 7-6(11), 7-6(5)
R3: d. Herbert 6-4 6-4 7-6(6)
R4: d. Zverev (4) 6-1 6-1 7-6(5)
QF: Lost to Pouille (28) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-4
17Marco CecchinatoR1 (2016)R1: Lost to Filip Krajinovic, 6-4, 6-0, 1-6, 6-7(8), 4-6
18Diego SchwartzmanR16 (2018)R1: d. Mollerker (Q), 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
R2: d. Kudla, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7(6), 6-4
R3: Lost to Berdych 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4
19Nikoloz BasilashviliR3 (2018)R1: d. Eubanks (Q), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3
R2: d. Travaglia (Q), 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
R3: Lost to Tsitsipas (14) 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) 6-4
20Grigor DimitrovSF (2017)R1: d. Tipsarevic, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
R2: d. Cuevas, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5
R3: d. Fabbiano 7-6 (5) 6-4 6-4
R4: Lost to Tiafoe 7-5 7-6(6) 6-7(1) 7-5
21David GoffinQF (2017)R1: d. Garin, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Copil, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
R3: Lost to Medvedev (15) 6-2 7-6(3) 6-3
22Roberto Bautista AgutR16 (2014, 2015, 2017)R1: d. Murray, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 6-2
R2: d. Millman, 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(6), 6-4
R3: d. Khachanov (10) 6-4 7-5 6-4
R4: d. Cilic (6) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4
QF: Lost to Tsitsipas (14) 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6(2)
23Pablo Carreno BustaR16 (2018)R1: d. Vanni (Q), 6-7(5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
R2: d. Ivashka, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(7)
R3: d. Fognini (12) 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-4
24Hyeon ChungSF (2018)R1: d. Klahn, 6-7(5), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
R2: Lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 2-6, 6-1, 2-6, 4-6
25Denis ShapovalovR2 (2018)R1: d. Andujar, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(5)
R2: d. Daniel, 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3
R3: Lost to Djokovic (1) 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0
26Fernando VerdascoSF (2009)R1: d. Kecmanovic (Q), 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3
R2: d. Albot, 6-1, 7-6(2), 6-3
R3: Lost to Cilic (7) 4-6 3-6 6-1 7-6(8) 6-3
27Alex de MinaurR1 (2018)R1: d. P. Sousa, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
R2: d. Laaksonen, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3
R3: Lost to Nadal (2) 6-1 6-2 6-4
28Lucas PouilleR1 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Kukushkin, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
R2: d. Marterer, 7-6(8), 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-4
R3: d. Popyrin (WC) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-7(12) 4-6 6-3
R4: d. Coric (11) 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2)
QF: d. Raonic 7-6(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-4
SF: Faces Djokovic (1)
29Gilles SimonQF (2009)R1: d. Fratangelo (Q), 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2
R2: Lost to Alex Bolt (WC), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(8)< 4-6
30Gael MonfilsQF (2016)R1: d. Dzumhur, 6-0, 6-4, 6-0
R2: Lost to Fritz, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-7(10), 6-7(5)
31Steve JohnsonR3 (2015, 2016)R1: Lost to Seppi, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6
32Philipp KohlschreiberR16 (2005, 2008, 2012)R1: d. Li (WC), 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
R2: Lost to J. Sousa, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5, 4-6



AO 19 women's seeds

PlayerSeedBest AO resultLatest AO 19 result
1Simona HalepRunner-up (2018)R1: d. Kanepi, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2
R2: d. Kenin, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
R3: d. Venus Williams 6-2 6-3
R4: Lost to Serena Williams (16) 6-1 4-6 6-4
2Angelique KerberChampion (2016)R1: d. Hercog, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Haddad Maia (Q), 6-2, 6-3
R3: d. Birrell (WC) 6-1 6-0
R4: Lost to Collins 6-0 6-2
3Caroline WozniackiChampion (2018)R1: d. van Uytvanck, 6-3, 6-4
R2: d. Larsson, 6-1, 6-3
R3: Lost to Sharapova (30) 6-4 4-6 6-3
4Naomi OsakaR16 (2018)R1: d. Linette, 6-4, 6-2
R2: d. Zidansek, 6-2, 6-4
R3: R3: d. Hsieh (28) 5-7 6-4 6-1
R4: d. Sevastova (13) 4-6 6-3 6-4
QF: d. Svitolina (6) 6-4 6-1
SF: Faces Karolina Pliskova (7)
5Sloane StephensSF (2013)R1: d. Townsend, 6-4, 6-2
R2: d. Babos, 6-3, 6-1
R3: R3: d. Martic (31) 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
R4: Lost to Pavlyuchenkova 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3
6Elina SvitolinaQF (2018)R1: d. Golubic (Q), 6-1, 6-2
R2: d. Kuzmova, 6-4, 6-1
R3: R3: d. Zhang 4-6 6-4 7-5
R4: d. Keys (17) 6-2 1-6 6-1
QF: Lost to Osaka (4) 6-4 6-1
7Karolina PliskovaQF (2017, 2018)R1: d. Muchova (Q), 6-3, 6-2
R2: d. Brengle, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
R3: R3: d. Giorgi (27) 6-4 3-6 6-2
R4: d. Muguruza (18) 6-3 6-1
QF: d. Serena Williams (16) 6-4 4-6 7-5
SF: Faces Naomi Osaka (4)
8Petra KvitovaSF (2012)R1: d. Rybarikova, 6-3, 6-2
R2: d. Begu, 6-1, 6-3
R3: R3: d. Bencic 6-1 6-4
R4: d. Anisimova 6-2 6-1
QF: d. Barty (15) 6-1 6-4
SF: Faces Danielle Collins
9Kiki BertensR3 (2018)R1: d. Riske, 6-3, 6-3
R2: Lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6
10Daria KasatkinaR3 (2016)R1: Lost to Timea Bacsinszky, 3-6, 0-6
11Aryna SabalenkaR1 (2018)R1: d. Kalinskaya (Q), 6-1, 6-4
R2: d. Boulter, 6-3, 6-4
R3: Lost to Anisimova 6-3 6-2
12Elise MertensSF (2018)R1: d. Schmiedlova, 6-2, 7-5
R2: d. Gasparyan, 6-1, 7-5
R3: Lost to Keys (17) 6-3 6-2
13Anastasija SevastovaR16 (2011)R1: d. Barthel, 6-3, 6-1
R2: d. Andreescu (Q), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
R3: d. Wang (21) 6-3 6-3
R4: Lost to Osaka (4) 4-6 6-3 6-4
14Julia GoergesR16 (2012, 2013, 2015)R1: Lost to Danielle Collins, 6-2, 6-7(5), 4-6
15Ashleigh BartyR3 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Kumkhum, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Wang, 6-2, 6-3
R3: d. Sakkari 7-5 6-1
R4: d. Sharapova (30) 4-6 6-1 6-4
QF: Lost to Kvitova (8) 6-1 6-4
16Serena WilliamsChampion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017)R1: d. Maria, 6-0, 6-2
R2: d. Bouchard, 6-2, 6-2
R3: d. Yastremska 6-2 6-1
R4: d. Halep (1) 6-1 4-6 6-4
QF: Lost to Karolina Pliskova (7) 6-4 4-6 7-5
17Madison KeysSF (2015)R1: d. Aiava (WC), 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Potapova, 6-3, 6-4
R3: R3: d. Mertens (12) 6-3 6-2
R4: Lost to Svitolina (6) 6-2 1-6 6-1
18Garbine MuguruzaQF (2017)R1: d. Zheng, 6-2, 6-3
R2: d. Konta, 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5
R3: d. Bacsinszky 7-6(5) 6-2
R4: Lost to Pliskova 6-3 6-1
19Caroline GarciaR16 (2018)R1: d. Ponchet (Q), 6-2, 6-3
R2: d. Hives (WC), 6-3, 6-3
R3: Lost to Collins 6-3 6-2
20Anett KontaveitR16 (2018)R1: d. Sorribes Tormo, 6-3, 6-2
R2: Lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 3-6, 3-6
21Wang QiangR2 (2016)R1: d. Ferro, 6-4, 6-3
R2: d. Krunic, 6-2, 6-3
R3: Lost to Sevastova (13) 6-3 6-3
22Jelena OstapenkoR3 (2017, 2018)R1: Lost to Maria Sakkari, 1-6, 6-3, 2-6
23Carla Suarez NavarroQF (2009, 2016, 2018)R1: d. Burel (WC), 7-5, 6-2
R2: Lost to Dayana Yastremska, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6
24Lesia TsurenkoR3 (2013)R1: d. Alexandrova, 6-4, 7-6(4)
R2: Lost to Amanda Anisimova 0-6, 2-6
25Mihaela BuzarnescuR1 (2018)R1: Lost to Venus Williams, 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 2-6
26Dominika CibulkovaRunner-upR1: Lost to Zhang Shuai, 2-6, 6-4, 2-6
27Camila GiorgiR3 (2015)R1: d. Jakupovic, 6-3, 6-0
R2: d. Swiatek (Q), 6-2, 6-0
R3: Lost to Karolina Pliskova (7) 6-4 3-6 6-2
28Su-Wei HsiehR16 (2008, 2018)R1: d. Voegele, 6-2, 6-1
R2: d. Siegemund, 6-3, 6-4
R3: Lost to Osaka (4) 5-7 6-4 6-1
29Donna VekicR2 (2013, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Mladenovic, 6-2, 6-4
R2: Lost to Kimberley Birrell (WC), 4-6, 6-4, 1-6
30Maria SharapovaChampion (2008)R1: d. Dart (Q), 6-0, 6-0
R2: d. Peterson, 6-2, 6-1
R3: d. Wozniacki (3) 6-4 4-6 6-3
R4: Lost to Barty (15) 4-6 6-1 6-4
31Petra MarticR16 (2018)R1: d. Watson, 6-1, 6-2
R2: d. Vondrousova, 6-4, 7-5
R3: Lost to Stephens (5) 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
32Barbora StrycovaR16 (2016, 2017, 2018)R1: Lost to Yulia Putintseva 4-6, 6-7(4)

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 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

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