As ever, the last two weeks of January will see the Australian Open 2018 take place in Melbourne. It’s one of events of the Grand Slam, the collective name for the world’s four largest and most important tennis events. As well as the Australian Open, the other Grand Slam events are the French Open, which is held from late May to early June; Wimbledon, which takes place in July; and the US Open, which is held in late August and early September.
More details about the event
The 2018 event will be the 106th Australian Open to be held. It’s set to start on 15 January and end on 28 January. As ever, there will be three separate competitions: one for seniors (those aged 18 and over), one for juniors (those under the age of 18) and one for those in a wheelchair.
A total of $55 million in prize money has been set aside, with the winners of the singles competition set to receive $4 million each. Last year’s event drew an attendance of 728,763 and it’s expected that this year’s event will attract even more people. Kia once again acts as the event’s title sponsor, with some of its other major sponsors including Rolex, Jacob’s Creek, Häagen-Dazs, Disney, Mastercard, Toshiba and William Hill.
As has been the case in previous years, this year’s Australian Open will be held at Melbourne Park, one of the city’s most popular sports venues. Matches will take place at three main arenas in the park: the Rod Laver Arena, the Hisense Arena and the Margaret Court Arena; matches will also be held at various outdoor courts. Many tickets are still available for various events across the event, so be sure to check out the official website and snap up some tickets if you’re keen to witness some of the action for yourself.
Likely big winners
last year saw Roger Federer win the Men’s Singles and Serena Williams win the Women’s Singles - who’s predicted to win the Singles events this year? According to Oddschecker.com, Federer is looking likely to defend his title, though Novak Djokovic is being quite heavily favoured to come out on top.
However, the Serb currently dealing with an ongoing elbow injury and it remains uncertain whether he’ll be taking part in this year’s event. As for the Women’s Singles, again it’s looking like Serena will defend her title; the second most likely contender to win is Garbiñe Muguruza; the Spanish-Venezuelan has only been playing professionally for five years and is currently ranked No.2 in women’s singles by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).
Keep up with all the action
The Australian Open is one of the most popular of the four Grand Slam events - the 2017 event was the best attended Grand Slam event in history. The 2018 event is sure to be just as popular, if not more sure. Tennis fans around the world will be eagerly following the event to see who takes home the big prizes and if there are any surprise victories along the way.