The month of January puts the city of Melbourne under the spotlight as the first of tennis’ four grand slams are contested here, the 2018 Australian Open.
The biggest stars of the tennis world will contest for one of the sport’s ultimate prizes. The Australian Open has become the unofficial start to the new season. The 2018 Australian Open partners vary from KIA, Jacob’s Creek, and Rolex to name a few. Tennis lovers from all over the world will be paying attention to iconic championship.
Qualifications start on January 10th and will play out through the 14th. Then, the championship events begin on January 15th and culminates with the Women’s Final on January 27th followed by the Men’s Final on January 28th.
For years, Melbourne has held the Australian Open, known as the start and highlight to the Australian tennis calendar. This past year, the 2017 Australian Open broke records in number of viewers on television around the globe, and rating success for the television channel, Broadcasters Channel Seven, that beat out its competitors streaming the events live.
If you’re not sure where to watch the 2018 Australian Open, the AU Open Website will be streaming live coverage of the entire championship online including highlights and post-game interviews with the players.
Among the large amount of players in line, the U.S. will see some familiar faces including Venus Williams as well as her recently married sister, Serena Williams. Its expected that Serena’s new husband, Alex Ohanian will be there to cheer her on. Eyes are also on John Isner as he’s entered in as well.
Previously in the 2017 Australian Open, the women’s draw ended in a battle of sisterhood between Serena and Venus Williams. In the final face off, Serena overcame, winning her 7th Australian Open and 23rd grand slam throughout her career.
As tennis fans look towards the 2018 Australian Open, a large question will remain unanswered until the actual opening of events. Will 2018 surpass 2017’s record-breaking attendance? Last year, the AU Open broke records with a total of 503,382 attendants. This was the first year for that total number ever to reach above 500,000.
A U.S. famous name attending this year is former American tennis star, Jim Courier, who will be joined by a few former Australian tennis stars, as well as reporters from Channel Seven.
As anticipation rises for Australia’s top tennis championship, all eyes will be on Melbourn starting January 10th with the qualification matches.