The 2018 Australian Open kicks off the tennis year down under in Melbourne and the scheduled dates for the first ’18 tennis grand slam is slated for January 15th through the 28th. Odds to Win 2018 Australian Open (October 24,2017).
Especially relevant was the 2017 Australian Open that saw Serena Williams victorious on the women’s side. As a result Serena’s victory notched her yet another spot in tennis record books earning her 23rd Grand Slam title which is a record for the open era. In addition the men’s side champion, Roger Federer, won an 18th slam.
The 2017 Aussie event had a number of memorable moments. Most noteworthy were the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber all suffered surprising defeats to unseeded players.
The World Wide Leader in Sports, ESPN, reported today that “former world no. 1 Djokovic and former French Open finalist Stan Wawrinka are set to return from injuries in Abu Dhabi in December. Serbia’s Djokovic has not played since an elbow problem ended his Wimbledon campaign while Switzerland’s Wawrinka has overcome the knee injury that has ruled him out since August.”
Furthermore Djokovic told mubadalawtc.com: “I am extremely excited to return to Abu Dhabi for the fifth time and take part in the 10th Edition of the Championship. It is a huge honour to take part in such a special tournament.”
Djokovic, who has earned three of the last five Australian Open men’s championships said, “the line-up is very strong as always and it will be the perfect way to make my comeback and begin the season. Abu Dhabi is an amazing place and this is going to be a great event for all of the fans.”
Wawrinka said in a presser: “The fans are amazing there and the draw is as strong as always with a lot of great players. My recovery is going well and I can’t wait to be back on court.”
Other Professional Tennis News:
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal withdrew from last months Swiss Indoors. As slow as fall tennis can be the minor injury to Nadal prevented a possible final against Federer. Nadal told the national media he’s was following medical advice to protect his right knee, which has been diagnosed with “over stressing.” And as expected Nadal is expected to be one of the usual suspects on the men’s side of the 2018 Aussie Open.
Men’s Austrailian Open recent champions
2013 Novak Djokovic
2014 Stan Wawrinka
2015 Novak Djokovic
2016 Novak Djokovic
2017 Roger Federer
Women’s Austrailian Open recent champions
2013 Victoria Azarenka
2014 Li Na
2015 Serena Williams
2016 Angelique Kerber
2017 Serena Williams
Finally the official tournament singles draw takes place on Friday 13 January from 10am on the steps of Margaret Court Arena.
- Men’s singles: 128 competitors including 16 qualifiers and eight wildcards.
- Women’s singles: 128 competitors including 12 qualifiers and eight wildcards.
- Men’s doubles: 64 pairs, including up to seven wildcards.
- Women’s doubles: 64 pairs, including up to seven wildcards.
- Mixed doubles: 32 pairs, including up to eight wildcards.
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Odds to Win 2018 Australian Open (October 24,2017)