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Ultimate guide to the Australian Open


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Before the 2019 Australian Open begins, here's your ultimate guide on everything you need to know about the first grand slam of the year.

WHEN

The event will take place between 14-27 January, 2019.

WHERE

Melbourne Park will be hosting the Australian Open with Rod Laver Arena the centre court for the finals.

HOW TO WATCH

Nine will be broadcasting the 2019 Australian Open with an all-star lineup of commentators and hosts, including John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge, Alicia Molik, Jelena Dokic, Sam Groth and Dylan Alcott.

When the Australian Open begins on January 14, Nine will be the new home of tennis, with the tournament’s best matches and biggest moments broadcast across the network’s suite of channels and 9Now, to ensure Australians get the best tennis experience available, anytime, anywhere and on a device of their own choosing.

Nine announces tennis team

THE PRIZE MONEY

The 2019 Australian Open has increased prize money to an historic high of $62.5 million, up 14 percent on 2018.

Singles prize money for men's and women's:

Winner - $4,100,000, Runner-up - $2,050,000, Semifinal - $920,000, Quarterfinal $460,000, Round $260,000, Round 3 $155,000, Round 2 $105,000, Round 1 $75,000.

Australian Open 2019 prize money fast facts:

• First round doubles teams will earn $21,000 up 13.51 percent

• First round singles qualifiers earn double 2018 with $15,000

• First round main draw singles $75,000 up 25 percent on 2018

• $105,000 if you make to the second round up from $90,000 in 2018

• Australian Open 2019 singles champions will take home $4.1 million

• In 2019, the total Australian Open prize purse is $62,500,000 up 14 percent

Barty stunner leads Aussies in Sydney

SEEDED PLAYERS

Ash Barty won't face a higher-ranked opponent until the fourth round of the Australian Open if she makes a run into the second week of the season-opening grand slam.

The top-ranked Australian, who upset world No.1 Simona Halep at the Sydney International, will be the 15th seed at Melbourne Park, one spot ahead of 23-time major winner Serena Williams.

Young gun Alex de Minaur is the only other Aussie to receive a sheltered run, having secured his first grand slam seeding at No.27.

French Open winner Halep has been handed the top seed on the women's side, with Novak Djokovic listed No.1 for the men as the Serb vies for a record seventh title in Melbourne.

Last year's winners Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki will both play as third seeds. Serena Williams is the 16th seed while Maria Sharapova snuck in to be the 30th seed.

Top 10 seeds

1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB), 1 Halep, Simona (ROU)

2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP), 2 Kerber, Angelique (GER)

3 Federer, Roger (SUI), 3 Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)

4 Zverev, Alexander (GER), 4 Osaka, Naomi (JPN)

5 Anderson, Kevin (RSA), 5 Stephens, Sloane (USA)

6 Cilic, Marin (CRO), 6 Svitolina, Elina (UKR)

7 Thiem, Dominic (AUT), 7 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)

8 Nishikori, Kei (JPN), 8 Kvitova, Petra (CZE)

9 Isner, John (USA), 9 Bertens, Kiki (NED)

10 Khachanov, Karen (RUS), 10 Kasatkina, Daria (RUS)

Federer, Murray touch down in Australia

FORTNITE FUN AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The largest Australian event in competitive gaming, Fortnite Summer Smash, will take place on 26-27 January during finals weekend at the Australian Open.

Some of the best Fortnite players in Australia will compete in a solos tournament with a further 100 personalities from the sports, entertainment and gaming worlds taking part in a ProAm duos tournament for a record $500,000 in combined prize money and charitable donations.

Fortnite fans can register to compete in on-site qualifying events on Saturday 26 January, with winners progressing to the Sunday final.

Tomic unconvinced by new Aus Open balls

NEW HEAT POLICY

A more extensive Extreme Heat Policy (EHP) is set to be introduced at Australian Open 2019 as a result of cutting-edge research and testing into the specific effects of heat stress on tennis players.

The new AO Heat Stress Scale (AO HSS) was developed ahead of the grand slam and will be utilised at the Australian Open this year.

Key features include:

• The newly developed AO Heat Stress Scale

• More comprehensive measuring of weather conditions at Melbourne Park

• An increase in measuring devices across the site

• A 10-minute break for men’s singles, to go with the 10-minute break already in place for women’s singles and junior singles, and the 15-minute break for wheelchair singles.

- with AAP

Before the 2019 Australian Open begins, here's your ultimate guide on everything you need to know about the first grand slam of the year.

WHEN

The event will take place between 14-27 January, 2019.

WHERE

Melbourne Park will be hosting the Australian Open with Rod Laver Arena the centre court for the finals.

HOW TO WATCH

Nine will be broadcasting the 2019 Australian Open with an all-star lineup of commentators and hosts, including John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Todd Woodbridge, Alicia Molik, Jelena Dokic, Sam Groth and Dylan Alcott.

When the Australian Open begins on January 14, Nine will be the new home of tennis, with the tournament’s best matches and biggest moments broadcast across the network’s suite of channels and 9Now, to ensure Australians get the best tennis experience available, anytime, anywhere and on a device of their own choosing.

Nine announces tennis team

THE PRIZE MONEY

The 2019 Australian Open has increased prize money to an historic high of $62.5 million, up 14 percent on 2018.

Singles prize money for men's and women's:

Winner - $4,100,000, Runner-up - $2,050,000, Semifinal - $920,000, Quarterfinal $460,000, Round $260,000, Round 3 $155,000, Round 2 $105,000, Round 1 $75,000.

Australian Open 2019 prize money fast facts:

• First round doubles teams will earn $21,000 up 13.51 percent

• First round singles qualifiers earn double 2018 with $15,000

• First round main draw singles $75,000 up 25 percent on 2018

• $105,000 if you make to the second round up from $90,000 in 2018

• Australian Open 2019 singles champions will take home $4.1 million

• In 2019, the total Australian Open prize purse is $62,500,000 up 14 percent

Barty stunner leads Aussies in Sydney

SEEDED PLAYERS

Ash Barty won't face a higher-ranked opponent until the fourth round of the Australian Open if she makes a run into the second week of the season-opening grand slam.

The top-ranked Australian, who upset world No.1 Simona Halep at the Sydney International, will be the 15th seed at Melbourne Park, one spot ahead of 23-time major winner Serena Williams.

Young gun Alex de Minaur is the only other Aussie to receive a sheltered run, having secured his first grand slam seeding at No.27.

French Open winner Halep has been handed the top seed on the women's side, with Novak Djokovic listed No.1 for the men as the Serb vies for a record seventh title in Melbourne.

Last year's winners Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki will both play as third seeds. Serena Williams is the 16th seed while Maria Sharapova snuck in to be the 30th seed.

Top 10 seeds

1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB), 1 Halep, Simona (ROU)

2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP), 2 Kerber, Angelique (GER)

3 Federer, Roger (SUI), 3 Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)

4 Zverev, Alexander (GER), 4 Osaka, Naomi (JPN)

5 Anderson, Kevin (RSA), 5 Stephens, Sloane (USA)

6 Cilic, Marin (CRO), 6 Svitolina, Elina (UKR)

7 Thiem, Dominic (AUT), 7 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)

8 Nishikori, Kei (JPN), 8 Kvitova, Petra (CZE)

9 Isner, John (USA), 9 Bertens, Kiki (NED)

10 Khachanov, Karen (RUS), 10 Kasatkina, Daria (RUS)

Federer, Murray touch down in Australia

FORTNITE FUN AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The largest Australian event in competitive gaming, Fortnite Summer Smash, will take place on 26-27 January during finals weekend at the Australian Open.

Some of the best Fortnite players in Australia will compete in a solos tournament with a further 100 personalities from the sports, entertainment and gaming worlds taking part in a ProAm duos tournament for a record $500,000 in combined prize money and charitable donations.

Fortnite fans can register to compete in on-site qualifying events on Saturday 26 January, with winners progressing to the Sunday final.

Tomic unconvinced by new Aus Open balls

NEW HEAT POLICY

A more extensive Extreme Heat Policy (EHP) is set to be introduced at Australian Open 2019 as a result of cutting-edge research and testing into the specific effects of heat stress on tennis players.

The new AO Heat Stress Scale (AO HSS) was developed ahead of the grand slam and will be utilised at the Australian Open this year.

Key features include:

• The newly developed AO Heat Stress Scale

• More comprehensive measuring of weather conditions at Melbourne Park

• An increase in measuring devices across the site

• A 10-minute break for men’s singles, to go with the 10-minute break already in place for women’s singles and junior singles, and the 15-minute break for wheelchair singles.

- with AAP

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