The 2018 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne in January 2018. It was the 106th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments. As in previous years, the tournament’s title sponsor was Kia.
When is the Australian Open 2018? Dates, schedule, TV and stream details
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have both pulled out of tournaments within the last week due to knee and elbow injuries respectively while Andy Murray has confirmed he will not play in Mebourne due to a hip problem.
However, defending champion Roger Federer has looked in fine fettle at the Hopman Cup and will start as favourite for the men’s singles.
In the women’s draw, Serena Williams is registered but will make a last-minute decision as to whether she will make her Grand Slam comeback just four months after giving birth to her first child.
Australian Open 2018 key dates
Thursday January 11: Draw (8am UK time)
Monday January 15: First day of championship action (from Sunday, 11pm UK time)
Saturday January 27: Women’s singles final (8.30am UK time)
Saturday January 28: Men’s singles final (8.30am UK time)
Australian Open 2018 schedule
Monday January 15, first round
Tuesday January 16, first round
Wednesday January 17, second round
Thursday January 18, second round
Friday January 19, third round
Saturday January 20, third round
Sunday January 21, fourth round
Monday January 22, fourth round
Tuesday January 23, quarter-finals
Wednesday January 24, quarter-finals
Thursday January 25, both women’s singles semi-final and first men’s singles semi-final
Friday January 26, women’s doubles final and second men’s singles semi-final
Saturday January 27, women’s singles final and men’s doubles final
Sunday January 28, mixed doubles final and men’s singles final
Australian Open 2018 TV channel
The live coverage of the tennis in the UK has been exclusively taken up by Eurosport UK.
The Discovery-owned channel will show live action across Eurosport 1 and 2 throughout the fortnight.
The BBC also usually show the final and may negotiate deals to show the semi-final if British No 1 Murray is involved.