Australian Open 2018 Preview
The first big tennis tournament and first Grand Slam of 2018, the Australian Open, gets underway in less than 10 days time on January 15, 2018. Unlike recent years, the "big four" (or five if we include Stan Wawrinka) are not collectively the firm favorites. Like the 2017 US Open, the field is depleted by injuries, which have lead to withdrawals and players not at 100 per cent fitness. This may also lead to a large number of retirements as seen at Wimbledon 2017. The spate of injuries has caused a muted build up to the opening grand slam of the year.