Australian Open 2019

Published on January 16, 2019

Australian Open 2019

We are in full swing of another hot Australian summer, which means 3 things for Melbournians; flip-flops become formalwear, rooftop bars are overflowing with excited holiday goers, and of course…Australian Open Tennis!

Hosting one of the 4 International Grand Slam Tournaments, Melbourne certainly holds its reputation as the Sporting Capital of the World, and Melbourne Park is where all the action will kick off on Monday January 14th.

With some of the biggest names in sport fighting for Grand Slam glory, who will be victorious at the completion of the Tournament?
A strong favorite for any Grand Slam Tournament in the Men’s Singles has to be Roger Federer. Not only has he won the last 2 consecutive Australian Open Titles, but he currently has an equal record number of wins in this Tournament (6), his 2018 win giving him a total of 20 Grand Slam Victories over the 4 Tournaments. There is no doubt he is a record breaker, and we look forward to seeing what he brings to the 2019 Competition.
There is however, some very strong competition in the Men’s Singles, and a few names to keep an eye on: Number 8 Seed Kei Nishikori is in great form, winning the Brisbane International this month in convincing style.

Youngster Alexander Zverev has shot up the ATP rankings to be the number 4 seed for this Tournament at just 21 years of age, whilst Austrian Dominic Thiem has also been impressive, seeded number 7.

Some excitement for Australian Tennis comes from young gun Alex de Minaur, who has upset some big names (Andreas Seppi and Gilles Simon) to take home the Sydney International Trophy this week. In an excellent display from our Australian representatives, Ashleigh Barty also successfully made the Sydney International Final in the Women’s Singles Division, losing in 3 sets to Petra Kvitova.

The Women’s Singles draw is tight with Simona Halep the number 1 seed. Number 4 seed Naomi Osaka from Japan has shown some excellent form, whilst 2018 Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki will also be coming in with some confidence. Brisbane International winner and number 7 seed Karolina Pliskova is playing some good tennis and should be one to watch. Although seeded at number 16, Tennis Guru and 2017 Australian Open winner Serena Williams can never be counted out, and we look forward to what she brings to the competition.

As a Grand Slam, there is plenty of Tennis to be seen, which can range from: Men’s and Women’s Singles, to Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and also the Junior Boy’s and Girl’s will be on display in the Singles and Doubles Tournaments on outside Show Courts. A true highlight of this Tournament is the Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Competition, which will take place on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th of January.

My recommendation would be to get a ground pass to a day in the first week so that you will be able to enjoy the beautiful weather and incredible talent that will be on display. If spending the day in the sun isn’t for you, then a seat in Rod Laver Arena or Margaret Court is all you need to see how it all unfolds.

Content by Shane Asbury
Sports Editor

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