Australian Open 2018 dates, schedule, odds, draw time, UK TV channel and prize money
There may be some high profile names missing the 2018 Australian Open through injury, but there will be plenty of world-class action to enjoy from Melbourne nonetheless.
Andy Murray and Serena Williams are two of the biggest start in the sport that will not be competing in Melbourne, making the draws, especially the women’s, far more open.
The first Grand Slam of the year is now less than two weeks away with the draw taking place next week, so excitement is building rapidly.
Can Roger Federer defend his title in the men’s singles? Will there be a first-time winner of the women’s singles? We are about to find out.
What are the Australian Open 2018 dates?
The action gets underway on Monday, January 15 in Melbourne, although, due to time difference that is late on Sunday, January 14 in the UK.
The women’s singles final takes place on Saturday, January 27 with the men’s on the following day – Sunday, January 28.
When is the draw?
The first round draw takes place on Thursday, January 11 at 8am GMT.
What TV channel is the Australian Open on in the UK?
Eurosport will be showing the tournament live on both Europsport 1 and 2.
Can you live stream the Australian Open?
Eurosport Player will be streaming the event but it will cost you £4.99 for a Day Pass or £29.99 for a whole year.
If you have Sky Sports with access to Eurosport then you can stream it through Sky Go.
What is the prize money?
The prize money for the tournament has risen to a record A$55,000,000 (£31,853,862.86).
This means the winners of the two singles events will take home A$4,000,000 (£2,316,168.78) with the losing finalists getting A$2,000,000 (£1,157,987.23).
What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)
19/10 – Roger Federer
4/1 – Rafael Nadal
5/1 – Novak Djokovic
9/1 – Alexander Zverev
9/1 – Grigor Dimitrov
14/1 – Juan Martin del Potro
16/1 – Nick Kyrgios
18/1 – David Goffin
6/1 – Garbine Muguruza
6/1 – Karolina Pliskova
15/2 – Simona Halep
15/2 – Maria Sharapova
10/1 – Caroline Wozniacki
11/1 – Elina Svitolina
16/1 – Petra Kvitova
16/1 – Madison Keys