MELBOURNE, Australia — Prepare for the Australian Open earlier than play begins at Melbourne Park on Sunday morning with a information that tells you issues it is advisable learn about how you can watch the yr’s first Grand Slam tennis match, what the schedule is, what the betting odds are, who the defending champions are and extra:
HOW TO WATCH THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2024 ON TV
—Within the U.S.: ESPN
—Within the Philippines, beIN Sports activities
Right here is the singles schedule in Australia:
—Sunday-Monday-Tuesday: First Spherical (Ladies and Males)
—Wednesday-Thursday: Second Spherical (Ladies and Males)
—Friday-Saturday: Third Spherical (Ladies and Males)
—Jan. 21-22: Fourth Spherical (Ladies and Males)
—Jan. 23-24: Quarterfinals (Ladies and Males)
—Jan. 25: Ladies’s Semifinals
—Jan. 26: Males’s Semifinals
—Jan. 27: Ladies’s Ultimate
—Jan. 28: Males’s Ultimate
WHO IS PLAYING ON DAY 1?
Djokovic and Sabalenka each open their title defenses by dealing with an 18-year-old qualifier in Rod Laver Enviornment in the course of the match’s first evening session. Djokovic is up first on Sunday at 7 p.m. native time (3 a.m. ET), towards Dino Prizmic of Croatia, adopted by Sabalenka towards Ella Seidel of Germany.
Additionally in motion at evening, beginning on the identical as time Djokovic, is 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki towards 2023 semifinalist Magda Linette at Margaret Courtroom Enviornment, with 2022 U.S. Open semifinalist Frances Tiafoe towards Borna Coric afterward.
Play on some courts begins as early as 11 a.m. native time Sunday (7 p.m. ET Saturday), together with 2021 U.S. Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez taking over 17-year-old Czech qualifier Sara Bejlek to start out issues off in John Cain Enviornment.
Taylor Fritz, the highest-ranked American man, is scheduled to play Facundo Diaz Acosta within the third match on that courtroom, not earlier than 4 p.m. native time (midnight ET).
Rod Laver Enviornment’s day session begins at midday native time (8 p.m. ET Saturday), with No. 4 seed Jannik Sinner towards Botic van de Zandschulp.
Novak Djokovic is a plus-100 choose to win the lads’s title, in response to FanDuel Sportsbook, forward of No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz at plus-350.
Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev within the U.S. Open remaining final September to clinch his twenty fourth Grand Slam singles title. Alcaraz defeated Djokovic within the Wimbledon remaining final yr to finish the Serbian star’s possibilities of a calendar-year Grand Slam.
Iga Swiatek is the highest ladies’s alternative at plus-220. She is adopted by Aryna Sabalenka at plus-430, 2023 U.S. Open champion Coco Gauff at plus-470 and Elena Rybakina, final yr’s Australian Open runner-up, at plus-500.
A noteworthy line: Two-time Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is listed at plus-3,600 as she returns to Grand Slam motion following the beginning of her daughter, Shai, final July.
WHAT TO READ HEADING INTO AUSTRALIAN OPEN
STATS TO KNOW
28 — Djokovic’s Australian Open profitable streak heading into Sunday.
16 — Swiatek’s general profitable streak, relationship to the tip of final season.
WORDS TO KNOW
“I spotted that dropping isn’t all that dangerous, and that I ought to simply deal with the battle and the method and revel in it. I discovered myself having the ability to play freer and belief myself extra.” — Coco Gauff.