Australian Open Tennis 2019 Live : Draw, schedule, how to watch live at Melbourne Park
Melbourne will be in the spotlight yet again as the tennis world set their sights on the 107th Australian Open.
The tennis world will turn to Melbourne for the first grand slam of 2019, with the Australian Open set to kick off on January 14.
The Open will host the world’s top 100 men and top 100 women in January, whose sight will be set on the ultimate prize. The 107th edition of the Australian Open is the richest yet, boasting a total prize pool of $62.5 million.
The tournament comprises of men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s and mixed doubles and junior’s championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events.
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First held in 1905, the Australian Open is now the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Australian Open 2019 will mark Channel Nine’s inaugural grand slam coverage as part of its landmark six-year deal with Tennis Australia.
The new home of tennis will broadcast the tournament live across a suite of channels, including the Wide World of Sports, 9Gem, and 9Now.
The Today show will run 14 days of live coverage from Melbourne Park, and 9Honey will host a new program ‘Summer Serve.’
Nine will also cover the Hopman Cup, Brisbane International, Sydney International and Hobart International, as well as Australia’s Davis and Federation Cup ties.
Tennis Australia’s switch to the Nine Network marks the first time in over 40 years that the sport isn’t covered by Seven.
1116 SEN has been named as the official domestic radio broadcast partner for the Australian Open.
Selected matches of the Grand Slam will be broadcast live on 1116 SEN, SEN+, and SEN SA, with SEN 2 to become a dedicated tennis channel for two weeks.
Anthony Hudson, Brett Phillips and Jack Heverin will host the coverage, with former tennis players Nicole Bradtke, Jelena Dokic and Sam Groth to join.
Australian Open ticket prices have been slashed ahead of the 2019 tournament.
The starting price of a centre court seat has been cut by $15 during the day and $20 for the night sessions. The entry-level ticket for Rod Laver Arena at the Open now stands at $62.
Entry-level tickets to the men’s final has been cut by $110 from the 2018 price of $415. Tickets for the women’s final are selling for $148 per seat, $55 cheaper than in 2018.
The price for the Open’s popular ground pass has been frozen at $49 per pass. The ticket provides access to all outdoor courts.
Kids Ground Passes are available at $5 for children aged between 3 to 14 years.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 DRAW
A couple of unseeded Aussies will face big-name opponents in the first round of the men’s side of the 2019 Australian Open after the draw was conducted on Thursday.
Nick Kyrgios will take on Milos Raonic, James Duckworth has been drawn against Rafael Nadal and Bernard Tomic is facing Marin Cilic.
Number one seed Novak Djokovic faces a qualifier first up, while reigning champ Roger Federer meets Denis Istomin.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev will take on Aljaz Bedene, while five-time finalist Andy Murray will meet Roberto Bautista Agut in round one.
On the women’s side of the draw, Aussie 15th seed Ashleigh Barty has been drawn against Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum, while number one seed Simona Halep has been thrown a potential banana skin with a meeting with Kaia Kanepi in round one.
Former winner Angelique Kerber will meet Polona Hercog, while 2018 champ Caroline Wozniacki has a date with Alison Van Uytvanck.
US Open winner Naomi Osaka will take on Magda Linette, while Serena Williams will begin her campaign against Tatjana Maria.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2019 SCHEDULE
The 2019 Australian Open begins on Monday, January 14.
The tournament will take place daily over the next two weeks and finishes with the men’s final on Sunday, January 27.