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australian open logoGet ready for the start of another Grand Slam season in 2018 -- as the Australian Open kicks off in Melbourne on Monday, January 15th continuing through to the men's final on Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Defending women's champ Serena Williams was expected back at the Australian Open after giving birth in September, but dropped out in early January with a promise that she would return to fighting trim in the months ahead.

That puts the spotlight on men's champ, Novak Djokovic who will return to do battle at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

It all happens during a hot Australian summer in January — making the 'Open Down Under' a true test of speed, strength, and professional cool. In all, the 2018 Australian Open promises to have more than its fair share of excitement and drama!

Stay tuned ....


2018 Australian Open TV schedule in the US


Because of the vast time difference between Australia and the US, die-hard tennis fans in America can watch Australian Open matches live as they happen - usually at 3 in the morning! Luckily, televised games are repeated with encore broadcasts for non-night owls. As usual, ESPN and ESPN2 will cover all the action in the US :

Round Start (ET) End (ET) TV  
Sunday, January 14
First round 7 PM Sun. 7 AM Mon. ESPN2  
Monday, January 15
First round 9 PM Mon. 7 AM Tue. ESPN2  
Tuesday, January 16
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Second round 9 PM Tue. 7 AM Wed. ESPN2  
Wednesday, January 17
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Second round 9 PM Wed. 7 AM Thu. ESPN2  
Thursday, January 18
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Third round 11 PM Thu. 7 AM Fri. ESPN2  
Friday, January 19
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Third round 9 PM Fri. 7 AM Sat. ESPN2  
Saturday, January 20
Encore coverage 9 AM 12 PM ESPN2  
Round of 16 9 PM Sat. 7 AM Sun. ESPN2  
Sunday, January 21
Encore coverage 9 AM 1 PM ESPN2  
Round of 16 9 PM Sun. 7 AM Mon. ESPN2  
Monday, January 22
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Quarterfinals 9 PM Mon. 2 AM Tue. ESPN2  
Tuesday, January 23
Quarterfinals 3 AM 6 AM ESPN2  
Encore coverage 2 PM 4:30 PM ESPN2  
Quarterfinals 9 PM Tue. 2 AM Wed. ESPN2  
Wednesday, January 24
Quarterfinals 3:30 AM 6 AM ESPN2  
Encore coverage 2 PM 5 PM ESPN2  
Women’s semi 10 PM Wed. 2 AM Thu. ESPN2  
Thursday, January 25
Men’s semi 3:30 AM 6 AM ESPN  
Encore coverage 2 PM 6 PM ESPN2  
Friday, January 26
Men’s semi 3:30 AM 6 AM ESPN  
Encore coverage 2 PM 6 PM ESPN2  
Saturday, January 27
Women’s final 3 AM 5:30 AM ESPN  
Encore coverage 9 AM 12 PM ESPN2  
Sunday, January 28
Men’s final 3:30 AM 6:30 AM ESPN  
Encore coverage 9 AM 2 PM ESPN2  


DID YOU KNOW? Australian Open fun facts

• The Australian Open is covered by more than 1,000 broadcasters worldwide reaching 45 TV channels and up to 900 million households on each day of the tournament.

• Rafael Nadal won the longest ever tennis match ever played at the Australian Open against Fernando Verdasco in 2009. It lasted five hours and 14 minutes.

• Melbourne Park has three courts with retractable roofs. The special feature means that the Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena and the Margaret Court Arena are immune to bad weather and play rarely falls behind schedule.

• Ken Rosewall is both the youngest and oldest man to win the Australian Open men’s championship. He won in 1953 at the age of 18 and took the title again 19 years later in 1972 at 37 years old.

• The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam to have taken place in different cities and countries. It was held in New Zealand in both 1906 and 1912, and later held in all five major Australian cities before Melbourne became its permanent home in 1972.


More about the Australian Open around the Web:

Around the Web, watch all the hot action in news reports & pictures, video clips, history, player profiles and assorted Australian Open history and trivia...


Australia Open 2018 - Here's the official site, jam-packed with news, photos and video clips of the premier tennis event including daily summary of scores, complete schedule, player profiles and interviews, history & trivia.

Slam! Sports Tennis - Australian Open - All the news that fits. Keep up to date with the latest headlines and daily feature stories on who's in and who's out.

Australian Open - Wikipedia - The online encyclopedia with historical color commentary and info on the men's and women's singles championship, Margaret Court Arena photos and information.

 

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