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The world’s best tennis players are in Australia for the opening grand slam of 2022 – the Australian Open.
From a British perspective, all eyes will be on Emma Raducanu as she looks to make her mark again following his victory at the US Open last September.
The British No 1 will be under pressure to replicate her New York exploits in Melbourne but patience will be required with the 19-year-old, who has a new coach, Torben Beltz, on her team.
Raducanu’s preparations for the Australian Open suffered a blow when she was crushed 6-0, 6-1 by in-form ninth seed Elena Rybakina at the Sydney Tennis Classic on Tuesday.
The Briton, playing her first match this season, was comprehensively outplayed in the opening set as her Kazakh opponent took advantage of her unsteady serve, which produced four double faults.
Rybakina, runner-up to world No 1 Ashleigh Barty in the Adelaide International on Sunday, kept up the intensity in the second set and clinched the win in just under an hour.
Fellow Briton, Andy Murray, had an easier time against Norwegian qualifier Viktor Durasovic, cruising to a 6-3 6-1 win in the ATP 250 tournament at the same venue.
The three-time Grand Slam champion suffered defeat in his first match of the season in Melbourne but looked in fine touch against Durasovic, who was forced into a number of errors by the Murray backhand.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic remains in limbo as he waits to see whether the Australian government will still deport him, despite a judge dramatically overturning a decision to revoke his entry visa on Monday.
Djokovic was captured by a drone practising on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday as he aims to get into shape for the tournament.
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— Clint Stanaway (@cstanaway) January 11, 2022
When is the Australian Open?
The tournament gets underway on January 17 and concludes with the men’s final on January 30.
Where is the Australian Open?
The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park in Victoria.
When is the Australian Open draw?
The draw for the Australian Open is set to take place on January 13.
Who are the top 32 seeds?
Australian Open 2022 seeds
Who is missing at the Australian Open?
Two of the sport’s biggest names – Roger Federer and Serena Williams – will not be in Melbourne as they continue to recover from injuries that disrupted their 2021 seasons. 2014 winner and Federer’s Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka is also out.
2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is also missing as she takes a break from the tour while former British No 1 Jo Konta announced her retirement from tennis in November.
Dominic Thiem has withdrawn as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury.
Australian Open match dates
- January 17 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
- January 18 – Men’s and women’s singles first round
- January 19 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
- January 20 – Men’s and women’s singles second round
- January 21 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
- January 22 – Men’s and women’s singles third round
- January 23 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
- January 24 – Men’s and women’s singles fourth round
- January 25 – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- January 26 – Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- January 27 – Women’s semi-finals
- January 28 – Men’s semi-finals
- January 29 – Women’s final
- January 20 – Men’s final
How to watch the Australian Open 2022 on TV
Eurosport has the broadcasting rights to live action from Melbourne. Barbara Schett and Mischa Zverev will cover the action on-site. Alize Lim will be based in London where she will be joined by seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Konta (week one) and former world number four Tim Henman (week two).
Multiple Grand Slam winners Chris Evert and John McEnroe will also be on hand to bring their expert views. Viewers will also see the likes of Boris Becker, Justine Henin, Alex Corretja and Roberta Vinci during the two weeks.
250 hours of live coverage will be broadcast with Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 dedicated to showing the very best matches on Rod Laver Arena. All courts and all matches will be accessible via discovery+, the Eurosport App and Eurosport.com.
Coverage begins at midnight on January 17 for the opening session of the tournament.