- The Australian Open will get under way on Sunday 14 January
- Novak Djokovic is aiming to defend his title again
- Daily Mail Australia provides everything you need to know
The main event on the Australian tennis calendar, the Australian Open, is just a few sleeps away, with fans excited to see the big stars in action for the first time in 2024.
The opening major of the year promises to be a blockbuster with two weeks filled with thrilling matches and great stories.
Novak Djokovic returns to defend his title and aim for his 25th grand slam win, putting him even further ahead of Rafael Nadal’s tally of 22.
Djokovic swept aside his rivals on his way to Australian Open title No 10 last year, although there are hopes he will be better challenged this time around.
Daily Mail Australia breaks down everything you need to know about the 2024 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic defends his Australian Open title at this year’s tournament from Sunday
When is it?
For the first time ever, the Australian Open will run over 15 days instead of 14, a decision which has been made with the hope of cutting down the early-morning finishes that occurred last year.
It means play will get underway on Sunday, January 14 at 11am AEST.
All of the action will take place at Melbourne Park – a stone’s throw from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and AAMI Park.
Seven rounds will take place until the 2024 final – which takes place on Sunday, January 28.
The first grand slam of the year will take place at Melbourne Park in Victoria
How to watch
Australian viewers will be able to watch the tournament on free-to-air TV, with Channel 9 broadcasting all of the coverage in Melbourne.
Tennis fans in the US can watch the action on ESPN, while UK viewers will be able to watch the likes of Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray on Eurosport.
- Sunday, January 14: Men’s and women’s first round singles
- Monday, January 15: Men’s and women’s first round singles
- Tuesday, January 16: Men’s and women’s first round singles
- Wednesday, January 17: Men’s and women’s second round singles
- Thursday, January 18: Men’s and women’s second round singles
- Friday, January 19: Men’s and women’s third round singles
- Saturday, January 20: Men’s and women’s third round singles
- Sunday, January 21: Men’s and women’s fourth round singles
- Monday, January 22: Men’s and women’s fourth round singles
- Tuesday, January 23: Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- Wednesday, January 24: Men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
- Thursday, January 25: Women’s singles semi-finals
- Friday, January 26: Men’s singles semi-finals
- Saturday, January 27: Women’s singles final, men’s doubles final
- Sunday, January 28: Men’s singles final, women’s doubles final
Is Rafael Nadal playing?
Rafael Nadal was all set to make an emphatic return at Melbourne Park this month after spending most of 2023 on the sidelines, but his comeback was scuppered in cruel fashion last week in Brisbane.
Nadal, 37, picked up ‘a small problem’ during his defeat by Australia’s Jordan Thompson and the results of a scan in Melbourne ruled him out of the tournament.
The Spanish legend has returned home and hopes to be back on the court soon.
Rafael Nadal will not compete this month after injuring himself in Brisbane
Will Nick Kyrgios play?
Like Nadal, Kyrgios watched on from afar last year due to various issues with his knee and wrist.
Tournament Director Craig Tiley had hoped Kyrgios would return for his home tournament, but the 28-year-old shut down those expectations last month, revealing he is not yet ready to get back on the court.
It remains to be seen when Kyrgios next resurfaces with a racquet in hand, but he will be holding the microphone this month after joining Eurosport’s punditry team.
The total prize fund at the Australian Open this year is AU$86.5million, representing a 13.5 per cent increase from 2023.
Tiley said they had increased prize money for every round ‘with the major increases in qualifying and the early rounds of singles and doubles.’