Australian Open 2018: Play Schedule And Opening Matches

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The Australian Open 2018 (or as we seem to be calling it now AO18), begins on Monday, January 15 and will again be broadcast live on Channel 7 and 7's tennis app. We've put together a schedule of Australian Open matches, first draw schedule and information on how you can watch the Australian Open at work, so you don't have to miss a minute of the world's biggest Grand Slam.

The Australian Open 2018 Schedule Of Play

Bear in mind that the dates and times aren't set in stone. There are a few different courts that matches take place on, and depending on inclement weather, these may also be subject to change so it's best to check the official schedule website on any day you're keen to watch the Aus Open. It's also very easy to just google "Aus Open" and get a schedule of live and upcoming matches. Thanks, Google.

Here's a list of featured matches that will be played on each of the day, starting from 11am:

Date Featured Matches
Monday, January 15 - Tuesday, January 16 First Round Matches (men, women, doubles)
Wednesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 18 Second Round Matches (men, women, doubles)
Friday, January 19 - Saturday, January 20 Third Round Matches (men, women, doubles)
Sunday, January 21 - Monday, January 22 Fourth Round Matches (men, women, doubles)
Tuesday, January 23 - Wednesday, January 24 Quarterfinals (men, women, doubles)
Thursday, January 25 Quad Doubles Finals, Men's and Women's Singles Semifinal
Friday, January 26 Men's, Women's and Mixed Wheelchair Doubles Finals, Men's Doubles Finals, Men's Singles Semifinal
Saturday, January 27 Girls, Boys, Quads Singles Finals, Men's and Women's Wheelchair Finals, Men's Doubles Final, Women's Singles Final
Sunday, January 28 Mixed Doubles Final, Men's Singles Final

The Australian Open 2017 First Draw Schedule

The first draw of the Australian Open 2017 was released on Thursday evening, determining which players would be facing off against each other in the First Round.

Here's the full list for the Men's and Women's Singles categories.

Men's Singles Draw

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This is subject to change (for example, if an athlete withdraws from the event ahead of the match) and boxes labelled "Qualifier" means that the player for that spot is yet to be determined.

Player One Player Two
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) Rogerio Dutra-Silva (BRA)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Matthew Ebden (AUS) John Isner (USA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) Nicolas Kicker (ARG)
John Millman (AUS) Borna Coric (CRO)
Alex De Minaur (AUS) Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Alex Bolt (AUS) Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Jason Kubler (AUS) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) Tim Smyczek (USA)
Aljaz Bedene (SLO) Roger Federer (SUI)
Rafael Nadal (ESP) Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) Donald Young (USA)
Nicolas Jarry (CHI) Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) Laslo Djere (SRB)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
David Ferrer (ESP) Andrey Rublev (30)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
[Qualifier] Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (FRA)
Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) Kyle Edmund (GBA)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) Denis Istomin (UZB)
Gerald Melzer (AUT) Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
[Qualifier] Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) Corentin Moutet - WC (FRA)
Yuichi Sugita (JPN) Jack Sock (USA)
David Goffin (BEL) [Qualifier]
Julien Benneteau (FRA) Taro Daniel (JPN)
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) Florian Mayer (GER)
Horacio Zeballos (ARG) Fabio Fognini (ITA)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) Benoit Paire (FRA)
Karen Khachanov (RUS) [Qualifier]
Sam Querrey (USA) Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Radu Albot (MDA) Marton Fucsovics (HUN)
Gael Monfils (FRA) Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Lucas Lacko (SVK) Milos Raonic (CAN)
[Qualifier] Robin Haase (NED)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) Blaz Kavcic (SLO)
Soonwoo Kwon - WC (KOR) Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Diego Schwartzmann (ARG) Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
[Qualifier] [Qualifier]
Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR) Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
Gilles Simon (FRA) Marius Copil (ROU)
[Qualifier] Malek Jaziri (TUN)
Federico Delbonis (ARG) Gilles Muller (LUX)
Pablo Cuevas (URU) Mickhail Youzhny (RUS)
Dudi Sela (ISR) Ryan Harrison (USA)
[Qualifier] Joao Sousa (POR)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) Marin Cilic (CRO)
Dominic Thiem (AUT) Guido Pella (ARG)
Steve Johnson (USA) [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Roberta Bautista Agut (ESP) Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER) Maximillian Marterer (GER)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
Gael Monfils (FRA) [Qualifier]
Jared Donaldson (USA) Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Mischa Zverev (GER) Hyeon Chung (KOR)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) Peter Gojowczyk (GER)
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) Alexander Zverev (GER)

Women's Singles Draw

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This is subject to change (for example, if an athlete withdraws from the event ahead of the match) and boxes labelled "Qualifier" means that the player for that spot is yet to be determined.

Player One Player Two
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [Qualifier]
Samantha Stosur (AUS) Monica Puig (PUR)
Destanee Aiava (AUS) Simona Halep (ROU)
Olivia Rogowska (AUS) Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Lizette Cabrera (AUS) Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) Mona Barthel (GER)
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) Anett Kontaveit (EST)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [Qualifier]
Timea Babos (HUN) CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
Anastasia Pavyluchenkova (RUS) Kateryna Kozlova (UKR)
[Qualifier] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) Alison Riske (USA)
Taylor Townsend (USA) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK)
Kiki Bertens (NED) Catherine Bellis (USA)
Nicole Gibbs (USA) [Qualifier]
Jana Fett (CRO) Misa Eguchi (JPN)
Michael Buzarnescu (ROU) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) Oceane Dodin (FRA)
Lauren Davis (USA) Jana Cepelova (SVK)
Andrea Petkovic (GER) Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) [Qualifier]<
Noami Osaka (JPN) Kristina Kucova (SVK)
Ons Jabeur (TUN) Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Johanna Konta (GBR) Madison Brengle (USA)
[Qualifier] Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) Richel Hogenkamp (NED)
Kristie Ahn - WC (USA) Barbora Strycova (CZE)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) Zarina Diyas (KAZ)
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) Jessika Ponchet (FRA)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [Qualifier]
Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Angelique Kerber (GER) Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)
Nao Hibino (JPN) Donna Vekic (CRO)
Tatjana Maria (GER) Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) Ana Bogdan (ROU)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) Heather Watson (GBR)
Polona Hercog (SLO) Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
Qiang Wang (CHN) Madison Keys (USA)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) Shelby Rogers (USA)
Christina McHale (USA) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) Marketa Vondruosova (CZE)
Carina Witthoeft (GER) Carolina Garcia (FRA)
Venus Williams (USA) Belinda Bencic (SUI)
[Qualifier] Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) Petra Martic (CRO)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
[Qualifier] Elisa Mertens (BEL)
Alize Cornet (FRA) Xinyu Wang - WC (CHN)
Sofia Kenin (USA) Julia Goerges (GER)
Sloane Stephens (USA) Shuai Zhang (CHN)
[Qualifier] Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
Jennifer Brady (USA) Magda Linette (POL)
[Qualifier] Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Shuai Peng (CHN) [Qualifier]
Maria Sakkari (GRE) Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
[Qualifier] Elina Svitolina (UKR)

Watching The Australian Open 2018 At Work

We've already gone through the different options you have to watch the Australian Open online and for free in a previous article..

Besides broadcasting the events on free-to-air TV, Channel 7 is also streaming content through its dedicated Tennis website 7Tennis through a web browser on a computer or mobile device. You can read more about it here.


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