The first Grand Slam of the year is upon us, with the best players in the world set to battle for honours at the 2020 Australian Open. The Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 20 January - 2 February.
Men’s defending champion, Novak Djokovic is attempting to win the title for a record-extending eighth time, but he faces stiff competition from great rivals, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and a host of young guns, including Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who are looking to hoist the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup for the first time.
Will the “Big 3” reign again in Melbourne, or will a new Australian Open champion be crowned on 2 February?
The women’s draw is wonderfully wide open, with world No. 1, Ashleigh Barty leading the field, ahead of Karolina Pliskova and defending champion, Naomi Osaka. Lurking ominously is great American, Serena Williams, who will yet again attempt to claim her record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title over the next fortnight. Since her return from maternity leave in February 2018, Serena has come very close to equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record, reaching finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in both 2018 and 2019. Is this the tournament where she finally gets over the line?
The build-up to the 2020 Australian Open has been dominated by the air quality in Melbourne, which has been deemed unhealthy by medical experts in the days leading up to the competition. The poor air quality has been a consequence of the devastating bushfires that have swept across the country in the last few months. Some players and fans have suggested that the tournament should be postponed due to the unhealthy playing conditions, but organizers are confident that the conditions will improve in the coming days.
For now, the 2020 Australian Open is set to go ahead as scheduled.
How can I stream the Australian Open live?
You can stream all the matches of the 2020 Australian Open live on Bet365. The bookmaker has a comprehensive live streaming service that allows you to enjoy live tennis matches and bet in-play at the same time. What’s more? You get to watch the matches for free!
All you need to do is to register with Bet365, and ensure that your account is funded with at least £5. Then you will have access to all the great matches from Melbourne.
Watch and bet on Australian Open tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
Where is the venue for the 2020 Australian Open?
The 2020 Australian Open will be staged at the magnificent Melbourne Park. The location of the Australian Open shifted around quite a bit in the past, but the tournament finally settled on Melbourne Park in 1988. This great facility houses some of the best tennis stadiums in the world, including the Rod Laver Arena, which accommodates nearly 15,000 spectators, Margaret Court Arena and the Melbourne Arena. All of these show courts have retractable roofs.
When is the 2020 Australian Open?
The Australian Open is live from Melbourne from Monday, 20 January to Sunday, 2 February. The women’s singles’ final will be staged on Saturday, 1 February while the men’s final will be contested on the following day. Both the men’s and women’s singles finals are scheduled to begin at 8:30pm GMT.
What times will matches be played at the 2020 Australian Open?
Each day is divided into day and night sessions, with the day session starting off at 11:00 local time/ 12:00am GMT, and the night session holding from 7:00pm local time/8:00pm GMT. Note that as the tournament approaches its climax, the start times are slightly altered.
For example, in the final three days of the 2020 Australian Open (31 January to 2 February), play begins at 7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT. The men’s semi-finals are played over two days, with the first semi-final scheduled for 30 January and the second to be played on 31 January.
|Date||Day Session||Night Session||Important Notes|
|20 January – 28 January||11:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT||7:00pm local time/8:00pm GMT|
|29 January||11:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT||7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT|
|30 January||1:00pm local time/ 2:00am GMT||7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT||Women’s semi-finals will be played in the day session; first men’s semi-final holds in the night session|
|31 January||–||7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT||Second men’s semi-final|
|1 February||–||7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT||Women’s singles final|
|2 February||–||7:30pm local time/8:30pm GMT||Men’s singles final|
Who are the favourites for the 2020 Australian Open?
Novak Djokovic is again the man to beat in the men’s draw, while the bookies are backing Serena Williams to end her Grand Slam drought and claim that 24th major title. Djokovic will take some beating in Melbourne. The Serbian has won this tournament more times than any other man, and is the firm favourite to lift the Norman Brooks Challenge Cup for an incredible 8th time. Djokovic’s case has been strengthened by his excellent form at the ATP Cup, where he propelled Serbia to victory at the inaugural event. The manner in which defeated Rafael Nadal in the final, especially in that opening set in Sydney, was reminiscent of his dominant victory over his Spanish rival at the Australian Open final twelve months ago.
Nadal is second favourite behind Djokovic, with the world No. 1 aiming to win the title for the first time since 2009. Nadal has come close to doubling his Australian Open titles tally on a few occasions, reaching finals in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019, but he’s been unable to cross the finish line. He was not quite at his brilliant best in the ATP Cup, losing to David Goffin and Djokovic, but we know better than to count out Nadal!
The Spaniard has been handed a relatively kind draw in Melbourne. He has managed to avoid his main rivals, Djokovic and Roger Federer, who are in the bottom half of the draw and could meet in the semi-finals. Nadal could play Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals, while Daniil Medvedev is his projected semi-final opponent.
Medvedev is actually the third favourite for the title, ahead of Federer. The Russian has been the form player on the tour in the last six months, famously reaching six successive finals between August and October. He was good at the ATP Cup- his only single’s defeat coming against Djokovic in an early match-of-the-season contender.
Other players to look out for in the men’s side of the draw include reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who sensationally made the semi-finals here last year, and Thiem, who will be attempting to build on last season’s terrific progress on hard courts.
It’s an unwritten rule that when Serena Williams is fit and in the draw, she almost becomes an automatic favourite. She’s going into the Australian Open on the back of a title run in Auckland, having beaten Jessica Pegula in the final to win her first title as a mother. She’s more relaxed, fitter and as motivated as she has always been as she aims for another title in Melbourne.
World No. 1, Ashleigh Barty will have plenty to say about that as she targets a popular home victory in the next fortnight, while defending champion, Naomi Osaka will not be surrendering her title without a big fight. Grand Slam champions, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova are always in the conversation, so is former champion, Angelique Kerber, despite her lowly ranking. There are potential contenders wherever you look in the draw- Karolina Pliskova, Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Madison Keys, and even Dayana Yastremska. The women’s tour has provided a number of young first-time major winners in the last few seasons; do not be shocked if Yastremska or Aryna Sabalenka joins that growing list in February.
The Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 20 January to 2 February, 2020.