Australian Open 2018
The world’s best and Australia’s stars converge into Melbourne Park this January for the 2018 Australian Open.
Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
The action from the 106th Australian Open kicks off on January 15th and there will be non-stop on-court action all the way till the end of January 28th. This year of the Open promises to be one of the best, with many stars confirming their return to Melbourne to attempt to win this iconic season opening grand slam.
Fan favourite Novak Djokovic, as well as Stan Wawrinka will be making their returns to Melbourne Park. While 2017 Champion Roger Federer & current world No.1 Rafael Nadal will be in attendance to prove they are truly some of the all-time greats of tennis.
After taking a record 23rd grand slam title here in Melbourne in 2017, Serena Williams has announced her withdrawal from the tournament, meaning her sister, Venus, will be the lone Williams sister in the event, but is hoping to add to the Williams’ sister’s legacy. There will be some fierce competition on the opposite side of the net however, in the likes of Caroline Wozniacki & Simona Halep. After stand-out seasons in 2016 & 2017, Simona Halep claimed the world No.1 ranking in October of last year, and looks to carry that form into the new year with a good start here in Melbourne.
The infamous Nick Kyrgios will lead the charge for the Australian men in their hopes to take the trophy. The Australian women will be lead by fan favourite Daria Gavrilova and of course, Ashleigh Barty, who made her name well know over the course of last year.
Alongside the tournament there will be lots of action with other tournaments and events, such as the Australian Open Legends Tournament, where many past legends will be back in action to relive some classic moments from Australian Open history. The Legends tournament will begin in the middle of the weekend on the 20th and 21st of January.
As well as all the extra tennis action, there is an unlimited amount of fun to be had for the whole family. The grand slam oval will be decorated with areas for each grand slam city for fantastic photo opportunities.
The Kids Tennis Day is back in 2018. On the 13th of January, there will be heaps of outdoor activities to get involved in including ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, face painting, rock climbing, zip-lining and stage shows. Then the action moves into Rod Laver Arena with many tennis stars for a display of skill and fun.
The Australian Open have gone above and beyond this year to bring huge amounts of entertainment for all fans. Fans can drive the all new Kia Stinger virtually down the Great Ocean Road, chill out in the Mastercard splash pool or be visited by Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Disney’s pop-up store.
For more details head to www.ausopen.com. Make sure you head to the Australian open this summer for your fill on courtside action.