Melbourne will play host to the most thrilling and highly anticipated grand slam at Australian Open 2018.
Over two adrenaline-charged weeks, see the world’s best tennis players hit the global stage at Melbourne Park to battle it out for ultimate glory.
Former world number ones Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Andy Murray (GBR) along with Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Stan Wawrinka (SUI) all sidelined during 2017 due to injury, have confirmed they’ll return healthy for Australian Open 2018.
Defending champion Roger Federer and world No.1 Rafael Nadal, who swept the Grand Slam pool in 2017, show no sign of slowing down as they prepare for more success during the Australian summer.
“I didn’t see it coming this way. I thought maybe if the stars aligned I’d make the quarters or a semi, and maybe beat one or two top ten players,” Roger Federer said recently reflecting on his historic win.
“I was hoping that maybe down the stretch of the season, Wimbledon or US Open in 2017, that was when I was going to hit my stride, you know, that was when I was going to be 100 percent, not before that, you know I needed maybe time, so winning the Australian Open was such a surprise for me.
I still pinch myself. When I’m home sometimes, having a glass of champagne with my friends and family we say ‘this is for the Australian Open, cheers’.
"We’re still joking about it, it was a crazy moment in my life… we couldn’t believe it, all the five-setters. The rivalry with Rafa, being down 3-1 in the fifth, it was disbelief," Federer continued.
I hope it’s going to be another dream, magical run where I can just enjoy the atmosphere and play for the people.
Serena Williams made it clear how much it meant to her winning her 23rd grand slam crown here at the Australian Open.
“I’ve been number one for so long, so many times, and I’ve done things that are amazing. That ranking means a lot but also I think sometimes being able to compete means just as much,” Williams said.
“Tennis is a sport I absolutely love, it’s my life, the rest of my life, whether I’m playing or not playing, it’s definitely something that’s made an incredible impact in my life.
“I was chasing it [23rd grand slam title] for a really long time, like a really long time. It was on my radar and I knew I had the opportunity to get there, and I’m here and it is a great feeling..."
...there’s no better place to do it than in Melbourne. This is the crowning moment of the year for sure.
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley is looking forward to welcoming back all the top 100 men and women after many have had interrupted seasons due to injury.
The Aussies will be led by world No.21 Nick Kyrgios, No.22 Daria Gavrilova and Ashleigh Barty. Barty has rocketed up the rankings since her return to tennis, rising from 271 at the beginning of 2017 to her current career high of 23, with the potential to overtake Gavrilova as the top-ranked Australian
“We are incredibly fortunate to be really the only sporting event in the country where we get the chance to see the very best in the world compete right here in Melbourne,” Tiley said.
Australian Open 2018, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob’s Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park from 15-28 January.
Australian Open tickets are now on sale at ticketek.com.au.
This material was produced by the Victorian Government.