The first tennis grand slam of the year is around the corner! We will provide you with everything you need to know for the Australian Open 2019
Australian Open kicks-off on Monday January 14 with the men and women's first round. Finals takes place for singles, mixed, doubles and wheelchair from January 25 to 27 in Melbourne.
In 1969 there was a change in the tournament from tournament an amateur to an Open Championship. Two tournaments were held in the year 1977, when changing from being a December event to a January event. The first event in the year was in January and the second in December. Ten years later, in 1987, the tournament moved back to January, thus no championship was decided for 1986.
For most of its history the tournament was played on grass. The Hawkeye Line Calling System was first officially being used for matches in 2007. In the 2008 edition of the event, a new court surface was laid down, changing from the Synpave Rebound Ace, a hard court surface composed of polyurethane and synthetic rubber that has been used for the previous few years, to courts made from plexicushion.
British tennis stars playing in the first round
• Kyle Edmund (14) v Tomas Berdych (57)
• Cameron Norrie (93) v Taylor Fritz (50)
• Andy Murray (230) v Roberto Bautista Agut (23)
• Johanna Konta (38) v Ajla Tomljanovic (45)
• Heather Watson (93) v Petra Martic (31)
• Katie Boulter (99) v Ekaterina Makarova (57)
• Novak Djokovic - 13/8
• Roger Federer - 10/3
• Rafael Nadal - 11/2
• Andy Murray - 12/1
• Alexander Zverev - 14/1
• Nick Kyrgios - 18/1
• Juan Martin Del Potro - 20/1
• Marin Cilic - 20/1
• Dominic Thiem - 25/1
• Stanislas Wawrinka - 33/1
• Serena Williams - 9/2
• Simona Halep - 8/1
• Naomi Osaka - 8/1
• Karolina Pliskova - 10/1
• Caroline Wozniacki - 12/1
• Angelique Kerber - 12/1
• Elina Svitolina - 12/1
• Garbine Muguruza - 14/1
• Sloane Stephens - 14/1
• Petra Kvitova - 14/1
The prize money for this year sums up to $62.5m (AUD) which indicates a 14% increase on last year's prize money Jar. Other details as regards to the cash prize include:
Winner - £2.29m
Runner-up - £1.14m
Semi-final - £515k
Quarter-final - £257k
Fourth round - £145k
Third round - £87k
Second round - £58k
First round - £42k
The Melbourne Australian Open 2019 awaits 2018 champions Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki try to defend their victories.
The women's tournament started in 1922, the men in 1905. The first men’s singles was Rodney Health and the first women’s singles winner was Mall Molesworth
AI Yan and Jier Zheng became the first Chinese players to win a Grand Slam title when they won the women’s double at Australian Open 2006.
Ticket prices have been reduced for the 2019 edition of the Melbourne Slam.
The 2019 Australian Open would be broadcasted live on Eurosport and the Eurosport player for the UK audience. Alternatively, you could follow the headline on BBC television
Australian viewers can watch on Channel Nine network which will show live broadcast of the tournament across suite of channels including 9Now, Wide World of Sports and more.
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