Australian Open 2019

Australian Open 2019: Defending champions Federer & Wozniacki, plus Nadal and Murray, open schedule

Highlights of the first two days of play in Melbourne, where the action begins Monday and Tuesday

Marianne Bevis
By Marianne Bevis
Defending champion Roger Federer Photo: Marianne Bevis

Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer fill the night-time slots on the Rod Laver arena on the first day of action at the Australian Open as they begin the defence of their 2018 titles.

Federer is going for a hat-trick of titles, his seventh overall in Melbourne, his 100th career title. Wozniacki won her first Major last year to take her to No1: She is now seeded No3—like Federer.

Former champion Rafael Nadal begins in Monday’s day session, followed by another former champion Angelique Kerber.

Arguably the biggest other first-round matches in the bottom half of the draw will be played on the former Hisense, now named the Melbourne Arena, with Briton Kyle Edmund against one of the most dangerous unseeded men, Tomas Berdych last on in the afternoon, and the highly emotional opening—and perhaps closing—match of five-time finalist Andy Murray against the No22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Should Murray lose, he suggested in his pre-tournament press conference that it could be his last ever appearance in the tournament, perhaps his last match anywhere, as he continues to contend with hip pain after surgery this time last year.

Tuesday sees the top half of the draw get under way, with six-time champion and world No1 Novak Djokovic headlining the night session, followed by US Open champion Naomi Osaka.

The day session sees seven-time champion Serena Williams play her first Melbourne match since winning in 2017 while two months pregnant. Fellow mother and former champion Victoria Azarenka, who has not played in the tournament since 2016, is a dangerous unseeded presence, and opens on Melbourne arena.

World No1 Simona Halep, runner-up last year and French Open champion, begins against the woman who beat her in the first round of her last Major, the US Open, six months ago, Kaia Kanepi. This match headlines the evening session on Margaret Court.

Play begins at 11am for day sessions (gates open 10am) and 7pm evening (doors open 5pm).

[NB Melbourne 11 hours ahead of UK]

Complete schedules of play here

Monday 14 January: Bottom half of both draws

Rod Laver Arena

Maria Sharapova vs Harriet Dart

Rafael Nadal vs James Duckworth

Angelique Kerber vs Polona Hercog

Not before 7pm
Caroline Wozniacki vs Alison van Uytvanck

Roger Federer vs Denis Istomin

Margaret Court Arena

Julia Goerges vs Danielle Collins

Sloane Stephens vs Taylor Townsend

Not before 3pm

Alex de Minaur vs Pedro Sousa

Not before 7pm
Ashleigh Barty vs Luksika Kumkhum

Marin Cilic vs Bernard Tomic

Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense)

Kevin Anderson vs Adrian Mannarino

Jelena Ostapenko vs Maria Sakkari

Kyle Edmund vs Tomas Berdych

Not before 6pm

Roberto Bautista Agut vs Andy Murray

Not before 7pm

Petra Kvitova vs Magdalena Rybarikova

NB Britons Katie Boulter and Heather Watson both play at 11am on Cts12 and 14 respectively. Cameron Norrie plays Taylor Fritz not before 5pm on Ct12. Dan Evans play third on Ct19

Tuesday 15 January: Top half of both draws

Rod Laver Arena

Madison Keys vs Destanee Aiava

Serena Williams vs Tatjana Maria

Alexander Zverev vs Aljaz Bedene

Not before 7pm
Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger

Naomi Osaka vs Magda Linette

Margaret Court Arena

Kei Nishikori vs Kamil Majchrzak

Daria Gavrilova vs Tamara Zidansek

Venus Williams vs Mihaela Buzarnescu

Not before 7pm
Simona Halep vs Kaia Kanepi

Dominic Thiem vs Benoit Paire

Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense)

Karolina Pliskova vs Karolina Muchova

Borna Coric vs Steve Darcis

Victoria Azarenka vs Laura Siegemund

Samantha Stosur vs Dayana Yastremska

Not before 7pm

Nick Kyrgios vs Milos Raonic

NB Briton Johanna Konta plays at 11am on Ct3

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