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Melbourne Park, Australia January 2025

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Australian Open 2024: Preview, draw, schedule, player list, UK times & how to watch

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Here's your ultimate guide to the first Grand Slam of the season - the Australian Open. Check out the latest schedule, draws and player lists for Melbourne this year.

When is the Australian Open 2024?

Qualifying for the Australian Open will take place from Monday 8 January to Friday 12 January.

For the first time, this year’s Australian Open main draw will start on Sunday 14 January for 15 days until Sunday 28 January.

The Australian Open wheelchair tennis competitions are set for Tuesday 23 January through to Saturday 27 January.

The Australian will begin at 0:00 UK time each day, with the night sessions starting at 8:00.

Where is the Australian Open 2024 being held?

The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria – one of the biggest tennis venues in the world.

Melbourne Park boasts three main show courts – the Rod Laver Arena (the second largest indoor sports venue in Australia), as well as the John Cain Arena and Margaret Court Arena. Last year more than 902,000 people attended the event.

What is the Australian Open 2024 schedule?

The Australian Open 2024 schedule consists of:

  • Men’s & women’s singles: 14-28 January
  • Men’s & women’s doubles: 16-28 January
  • Mixed doubles: 18-27 January
  • Wheelchair events: 23-27 January
  • Junior events: 20-27 January
  • People with Intellectual Impairments (PwII) and Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHoH) Championships: 25-28 January 

Check out the full schedule

Australian Open 2024 draw

  • Katie Boulter (GBR) vs Yue Yuan (CHN)
  • Jodie Burrage (GBR) vs vs Tamara Korpatsch (GER)
  • Emma Raducanu (GBR) vs Shelby Rogers (USA)
  • Cam Norrie (GBR) vs Juan Pablo Varillas (PER)
  • Dan Evans (GBR) vs Lorenzo Sonego (ITA)
  • Andy Murray (GBR) vs Tomas Martin Eltcheverry (ARG, seeded 30th)
  • Jack Draper (GBR) vs Marcus Giron (USA)

Australian Open draws

Australian Open order of play

Track the daily order of play for the Australian Open via the link below:

Order of play

Where to watch the Australian Open 2024

Watch all of the Australian Open in the UK exclusively online via discovery+ and across Eurosport on your TV.

Which British players will be competing in the Australian Open 2024?

Women’s singles

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British No.1 Katie Boulter heads Down Under after the best season of her career – winning her first WTA title and breaking into the top 50. Boulter got her year off to an impressive start last year, claiming the W60 Canberra title and with plenty more experience and big results behind her now, she will hope to better her second round appearance in 2019.

Jodie Burrage has direct entry for the Australian Open for the first time in her career, having finished 2023 ranked inside the top 100.

2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu is set to make her Grand Slam comeback in Melbourne and thanks to her protected ranking, has made her way into the main draw.

There will be a strong British challenge in qualifying this year from Harriet Dart, Heather Watson, Fran Jones and Lily Miyazaki - all of whom will fancy their chances of making the main draw at Melbourne Park.

Men’s singles

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Cam Norrie returns to Melbourne set on reigniting his form from the start of last season – which saw him reach three ATP finals, including a title at the Rio Open. The British No.1 will be looking to better his career-best third round finish at the Australian Open in 2021 and 2023.

Dan Evans will look to mark his return from injury with a strong outing in Australia. Evans won the biggest title of his career at the Citi Open in August and helped the Brits to the Davis Cup Finals before injury put him out for the rest of the season. The 33-year-old’s best Grand Slam result came at the Australian Open in 2017 – reaching the fourth round.

A five-time runner-up in Melbourne, Andy Murray will be one to watch this year, especially after his last outing saw him win two five-set classics against Matteo Berrettini and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

22-year-old Jack Draper is the in form British player at the moment. Coming off the back of a fifth career Challenger title in Bergamo, he made his first ATP final in Sofia, before winning the Ultimate Tennis Showdown Grand Final in London.

There will be four British stars competing in singles qualifying this year – Jan Choinski, Ryan Peniston and Billy Harris.

Doubles and Wheelchair

Men's doubles

Women's doubles

Wheelchair draws

Who are the top seeds at the Australian Open 2024?

Women’s

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL)
  2. Aryna Sabalenka
  3. Coco Guaff (USA)
  4. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
  5. Jessica Pegula (USA)

Men’s

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
  3. Daniil Medvedev
  4. Jannik Sinner (ITA)
  5. Andrey Rublev

Who are the reigning Australian Open champions? 

  • Men’s singles – Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  • Women’s singles – Aryna Sabalenka
  • Men’s doubles – Rinky Hijikata (AUS) & Jason Kubler (AUS)
  • Women’s doubles – Barbora Krejčíková (CZE) Kateřina Siniaková (CZE)
  • Mixed doubles – Luisa Stefani (BRA) & Rafael Matos (BRA)
  • Wheelchair men’s singles – Alfie Hewett (GBR)
  • Wheelchair women’s singles – Diede de Groot (NED)
  • Wheelchair men’s doubles – Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gordon Reid (GBR)
  • Wheelchair women’s doubles – Diede de Groot (NED) & Aniek Van Koot (NED)
  • Wheelchair quad singles - Sam Schröder (NED)
  • Wheelchair quad doubles - Sam Schröder (NED) & Niels Vink (NED)

Prize money for the Australian Open 2024

  Singles Doubles (Men's & Women's per team)
First round $120,000 $36,000
Second round $180,000 $53,000
Third round $255,000 $75,000
Fourth round $375,000 N/A
Quarter-finals $600,000 $128,000
Semi-finals $990,000

$227,500

Runner-up $1,725,000 $400,000
Champion $3,150,000 $730,000
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