It is that time of the year as the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, is just a few hours away. The 2019 edition, which will get underway on January 14, will go all the way till January 27 and a total of over 440 matches will be taking place across the 16 courts in the Melbourne Park.
As many as 128 professionals will be taking part in the Men's Singles and Women's Singles categories. Switzerland's Roger Federer is the two-time defending champion in Men's Singles while Dane Caroline Wozniacki is the defending champion in the Women's Singles category.
This year's field also witnesses the return of arguably the greatest ever to grace the sport, Serena Williams after her triumph in the 2017 edition. She was not a part of the 2018 Australian Open because of the birth of her daughter. The 2019 Australian Open could also be the last time three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will be in action as the Brit has teased retirement from the sport because of the hip injury that has been hampering his progress for a while now.
Apart from Federer, Wozniacki, Murray, the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Sascha Zverev, Venus Williams etc. will be taking part in the tournament. So far, two seeded players, Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet have withdrawn from the tournament.
An Indian will be in action in the Men's Singles as Prajnesh Gunneswaran has qualified for his first-ever Grand Slam main draw. Apart from Prajnesh, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan will team up in the Men's Doubles category.
How much do the Australian Open winners get in prize money?
The Grand Slam, Australian Open Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles winners both receive AU $4 million, the runner-up in both gets AU $2 million.
Who won the Australian Open in 2018?
The 2018 Australian Open Men’s Singles champion was Roger Federer of Switzerland.
The 2018 Australian Open Women’s Singles champion was Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Will Andy Murray play at the Australian Open 2019? Could it be his last tournament?
Andy Murray played at the Australian Open 2019 on Day-1, the Brit was knocked out by the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. In the pre-event press conference, Murray announced that he’d “like to stop playing” and retire from tennis after Wimbledon 2019 but he is “also not certain I’m able to do that”.
TV Telecast and Live Stream details for the Australian Open 2019
Where to watch Australian Open 2019 in the UK, France and rest of Europe:
Eurosport TV channel and on the Eurosport Player live streaming service. An Amazon Prime member can add the Eurosport channel to their account for stream the event live.
Where to watch Australian Open 2019 in the USA:
ESPN2 and Tennis Channel will telecast the event. Australian Open Live stream for the fans from the USA is available on ESPN’s streaming service ESPN+
Where to watch Australian Open 2019 in India:
Sony SIX, Sony SIX HD, Sony Ten 2, and Sony Ten 2 HD will telecast the Australian Open in India. The men’s and women’s singles matches live stream will be available on Sony Liv. It can also be streamed live on Australian Open official website and app.
Where to watch Australian Open 2019 in Australia:
Channel 9 - Wide World of Sports, 9Gem, and 9Now will telecast the Australian Open 2019 in Australia. Live Stream is available on the official website and app.
All matches can also be streamed live on the official Australian Open website.
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