Australian Open 2018 Though the tennis season has already officially gotten underway, things don’t really get going until the players arrive at Melbourne Park. We saw last year’s version set the stage for resurgent years from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the 2018 tournament played out in a similar fashion.Live on CCTV, Sky Sports, NBC, FOX, ESPN, CBS and many more TV channel without cable subscription.
The 2018 Australian Open will start on Monday, Jan. 15, and runs for 14 days with the women’s final played on Jan. 27 and the men’s final on the Jan. 28.
When does the Australian Open start?
The Australian Open will start on Monday, Jan. 15, and runs for 14 days with the women’s final played on Jan. 27 and the men’s final on the Jan. 28.
How to watch
ESPN has full coverage of each day of the event. The men’s and women’s finals will be shown on ESPN, but every other day of the tournament is shown on ESPN2.
The Australian Open website also offers live feeds of the games via AO TV live, their own streaming service with features, highlights and post-game interviews.
Who will play in the Australian Open?
Men’s draw: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.
Women’s draw: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka.
Serena Williams will not participate in this year. Williams announced her decision to withdraw from the Open as she prepares for her return to tennis after giving birth to her daughter.
What happened last year?
It was a case of the old heads going the distance as both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — two of tennis’ greatest ever — overpowered younger, hungry competitors to compete in the tournament final.
In the end, it was a five-set thriller between the two giants that lasted an incredible 3 hours and 38 minutes, with technology deciding the game as Federer hit a forehand winner down the line that resulted in a Nadal challenge. Upon hawk-eye review, the call was upheld and Federer won.
In the women’s draw, the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus) faced off in the final with Serena prevailing in straight sets to win her 7th Australian Open and her 23rd career grand slam.