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Preview of the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam from January 14th, 2019 to January 27th, 2019


 

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the year and the one tournament that all the players want to win to get their season off to a flying start. 

 

Many of the greatest players in the history of tennis have won the the Australian Open and recent history shows that you’ve got to be on your game to be able to lift this famous trophy.

Always played in Melbourne, the tournament has moved venue several times but is now firmly established at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stanisla Wawrinka, Marat Safin and Andre Agassi have all won the Men’s singles in recent years. Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Li Na, Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne have all held aloft the Ladies Singles trophy at the Australian Open in recent years.

 

The main talking points for the 2019 Australian Open

This year is set up to be one of the most exciting Australian Open tournaments for many years. In the men’s singles there is the mouthwatering prospect of the ‘Big 4’ all competing for a Grand Slam title again. This hasn’t happened for a while, so to have Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray (plus Stan Warwrinka and Alexander Zverev) all in the same draw is brilliant news for tennis fans.

Unfortunately the ‘Big 4’ won’t be seeded to meet in the semi finals as Murray has a low ranking of 240 due to his injury absence. This throws up the possibility of a huge ‘head to head’ encounter early on in the tournament. But Tennishead expects to see at least 3 of the ‘Big 4’ progress to the later stages of the tournament and one of the ‘Big 4’ is most likely to win this event.

The other possibility is that World number 4 Alexander Zverev continues to break new ground like he did when winning the ATP World Finals in London in November. His recent record in Grand Slams is worse than it should be and we can only assume that this will get better as he gains more experience at playing in the later stages of the these 2 week, 5 set marathons.

Rafael Nadal’s ability to last for 2 weeks and 7 matches on a hard court is also in question. Last season he had to pull out of the late stages of 2 Grand Slams on hard courts because of injury and he isn’t getting any younger.

All these factors lead Tennishead to predict a Federer vs Djokovic men’s singles final with Djokovic winning.

In the Ladies Singles there is equally as much excitement as the Men’s with many past champions in the draw and a wide open field. Serena Williams is probably the favourite but she will face a stiff challenge from current World No.1 Simona Halep. The other issue for Serena is that her World Ranking is low at 16 so she faces the prospect of meeting one of the top seeds in the Last 16 therefore making her route to the final much more difficult.

Maria Sharapova is also a dangerous floater in the draw with a low raking that will frighten a lot of the top seeds.

Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams in that unforgettable US Open final in September 2018 and few would bet against Osaka doing well again. She will have the confidence that she can beat the best on the biggest stages.

Tennishead would love for Caroline Wozniacki to repeat her success of last year as she was one of the most popular winners of recent times.

The change of rules to introduce a final set tie break will also be discussed at length. It seems like player power has brought about this change especially as Wimbledon has recently changed its rules due to the comments made by the players after that Kevin Anderson victory in the semi finals of the Wimbledon mens singles last year.

 

Where is the tournament held?

The Australian Open is competed for at the Melbourne Park Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia

 

What dates does the tournament run?

January 14th, 2019 to January 27th 2019

 

What court surface is the tournament played on?

The surface is outdoor hard courts with the availability of a roof over the show courts in case of bad weather or excessive heat

 

 

How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?

There are a total of 128 men and 128 women in the singles and there will be 32 seeded players in the Men’s draw and the Women’s draw

 

What is the prize money and how many ATP & WTA ranking points are available?

The tournament is a Grand Slam which means that the winner receives 2000 ATP or WTA World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:

 

Men’s and Women’s singles (Australian $)

Winner – $4,100,000

Runner-up – $2,050,000

Semifinal – $920,000

Quarterfinal – $460,000

Round 4 – $260,000

Round 3 – $155,000

Round 2 – $105,000

Round 1 – $75,000

 

ATP Ranking Points, Singles:

Winner – 2000 points

Runner up – 1200 points

Semi final – 720 points

Quarter final – 360 points

Last 16 – 180 points

Last 32 – 90 points

Last 64 – 45 points

Last 128 – 10 points

 

WTA Ranking Points, Singles:

Winner – 2000 points

Runner up – 1300 points

Semi final – 780 points

Quarter final – 430 points

Last 16 – 240 points

Last 32 – 130 points

Last 64 – 70 points

Last 128 – 10 points

 

Who are the reigning Champions?

In the 2018 Men’s Singles, Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

In the 2018 Ladies Singles, Caroline Wozniacki defeated Simona Halep 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4


Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?

You can buy tickets online by clicking here

 

How can I follow the tournament without going there?

To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here.

You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here

Alternatively you can watch the tennis live on television and full details of how to do this can be found here

 

Who has entered the 2019 tournament draw? (This may change nearer the time depending on injuries)

So far the Men’s singles tournament entries are as follows:

  1. Albot, Radu
  2. Anderson, Kevin
  3. Andreozzi, Guido
  4. Andujar, Pablo
  5. Basic, Mirza
  6. Basilashvili, Nikoloz
  7. Bautista Agut, Roberto
  8. Bedene, Aljaz
  9. Berdych, Tomas
  10. Berrettini, Matteo
  11. Carballes Baena, Roberto
  12. Carreno Busta, Pablo
  13. Cecchinato, Marco
  14. Chardy, Jeremy
  15. Chung, Hyeon
  16. Cilic, Marin
  17. Copil, Marius
  18. Coric, Borna
  19. Cuevas, Pablo
  20. Daniel, Taro
  21. de Minaur, Alex
  22. del Potro, Juan Martin
  23. Delbonis, Federico
  24. Dimitrov, Grigor
  25. Djere, Laslo
  26. Djokovic, Novak
  27. Donskoy, Evgeny
  28. Dzumhur, Damir
  29. Ebden, Matthew
  30. Edmund, Kyle
  31. Federer, Roger
  32. Fognini, Fabio
  33. Fritz, Taylor
  34. Fucsovics, Marton
  35. Garin, Christian
  36. Gasquet, Richard
  37. Goffin, David
  38. Gojowczyk, Peter
  39. Granollers, Marcel
  40. Gulbis, Ernests
  41. Haase, Robin
  42. Harrison, Ryan
  43. Herbert, Pierre-Hugues
  44. Hurkacz, Hubert
  45. Isner, John
  46. Istomin, Denis
  47. Ivashka, Ilya
  48. Jarry, Nicolas
  49. Jaziri, Malek
  50. Johnson, Steve
  51. Karlovic, Ivo
  52. Khachanov, Karen
  53. Klahn, Bradley
  54. Klizan, Martin
  55. Kohlschreiber, Philipp
  56. Kovalik, Jozef
  57. Krajinovic, Filip
  58. Kudla, Denis
  59. Kukushkin, Mikhail
  60. Kyrgios, Nick
  61. Lajovic, Dusan
  62. Lopez, Feliciano
  63. Mannarino, Adrian
  64. Marterer, Maximilian
  65. Mayer, Leonardo
  66. McDonald, Mackenzie
  67. Medvedev, Daniil
  68. Millman, John
  69. Monfils, Gael
  70. Munar, Jaume
  71. Nadal, Rafael
  72. Nishikori, Kei
  73. Nishioka, Yoshihito
  74. Norrie, Cameron
  75. Opelka, Reilly
  76. Paire, Benoit
  77. Pella, Guido
  78. Pospisil, Vasek
  79. Pouille, Lucas
  80. Querrey, Sam
  81. Ramos-Vinolas, Albert
  82. Raonic, Milos
  83. Rublev, Andrey
  84. Sandgren, Tennys
  85. Schwartzman, Diego
  86. Seppi, Andreas
  87. Shapovalov, Denis
  88. Simon, Gilles
  89. Sousa, Joao
  90. Struff, Jan-Lennard
  91. Thiem, Dominic
  92. Thompson, Jordan
  93. Tiafoe, Frances
  94. Tomic, Bernard
  95. Tsitsipas, Stefanos
  96. Verdasco, Fernando
  97. Vesely, Jiri
  98. Wawrinka, Stan
  99. Zverev, Mischa
  100. Zverev, Alexander

 

 

So far the Ladies singles tournament entries are as follows:

  1. Alexandrova, Ekaterina
  2. Anisimova, Amanda
  3. Arruabarrena, Lara
  4. Azarenka, Victoria
  5. Babos, Timea
  6. Barthel, Mona
  7. Barty, Ashleigh
  8. Begu, Irina-Camelia
  9. Bencic, Belinda
  10. Bertens, Kiki
  11. Blinkova, Anna
  12. Bogdan, Ana
  13. Bouchard, Eugenie
  14. Boulter, Katie
  15. Brengle, Madison
  16. Buzarnescu, Mihaela
  17. Cibulkova, Dominika
  18. Cirstea, Sorana
  19. Collins, Danielle
  20. Cornet, Alizé
  21. Diyas, Zarina
  22. Flipkens, Kirsten
  23. Garcia, Caroline
  24. Gasparyan, Margarita
  25. Gavrilova, Daria
  26. Giorgi, Camila
  27. Goerges, Julia
  28. Halep, Simona
  29. Hercog, Polona
  30. Hsieh, Su-Wei
  31. Jabeur, Ons
  32. Jakupovic, Dalila
  33. Kanepi, Kaia
  34. Kasatkina, Daria
  35. Kenin, Sofia
  36. Kerber, Angelique
  37. Keys, Madison
  38. Konta, Johanna
  39. Kontaveit, Anett
  40. Kozlova, Kateryna
  41. Krunic, Aleksandra
  42. Kumkhum, Luksika
  43. Kuzmova, Viktoria
  44. Kvitova, Petra
  45. Lapko, Vera
  46. Larsson, Johanna
  47. Linette, Magda
  48. Makarova, Ekaterina
  49. Maria, Tatjana
  50. Martic, Petra
  51. Mertens, Elise
  52. Mladenovic, Kristina
  53. Muguruza, Garbiñe
  54. Niculescu, Monica
  55. Osaka, Naomi
  56. Ostapenko, Jelena
  57. Parmentier, Pauline
  58. Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia
  59. Pera, Bernarda
  60. Peterson, Rebecca
  61. Petkovic, Andrea
  62. Pliskova, Karolina
  63. Pliskova, Kristyna
  64. Potapova, Anastasia
  65. Puig, Monica
  66. Putintseva, Yulia
  67. Radwanska, Agnieszka
  68. Riske, Alison
  69. Rodina, Evgeniya
  70. Rybarikova, Magdalena
  71. Sabalenka, Aryna
  72. Sakkari, Maria
  73. Sasnovich, Aliaksandra
  74. Schmiedlova, Anna Karolina
  75. Sevastova, Anastasija
  76. Sharapova, Maria
  77. Siniakova, Katerina
  78. Sorribes Tormo, Sara
  79. Stephens, Sloane
  80. Stosur, Samantha
  81. Strycova, Barbora
  82. Suárez Navarro, Carla
  83. Svitolina, Elina
  84. Tomljanovic, Ajla
  85. Townsend, Taylor
  86. Tsurenko, Lesia
  87. Van Uytvanck, Alison
  88. Vandeweghe, CoCo
  89. Vekic, Donna
  90. Voegele, Stefanie
  91. Vondrousova, Marketa
  92. Wang, Qiang
  93. Wang, Yafan
  94. Watson, Heather
  95. Williams, Venus
  96. Williams, Serena
  97. Wozniacki, Caroline
  98. Yastremska, Dayana
  99. Zhang, Shuai
  100. Zheng, Saisai
  101. Zidansek, Tamara

 

Past Champions – Men’s Singles

Past Champions – Ladies Singles

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