Tennis’ next Grand Slam, the Australian Open, will be live from Melbourne from Monday 18 January to Sunday 31 January 2016.
The women’s semi-finals will be contested on Thursday 28 January, with the men’s semi-finals following on Friday 29 January. Similarly, the women’s final will be played on Saturday 30 January, with the men’s winner to be decided on Sunday 31 January.
The upcoming edition of the ‘Happy Slam’ will see whether Novak Djokovic can defend his title – thus keeping up his insane 2015 dominance – whilst defending champion on the WTA side, Serena Williams, will be looking to bounce back after falling one major short of the 2015 Calendar Slam.
Other noteworthy stories are the continuing comeback of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer’s ageless supremacy, Victoria Azarenka’s gradual resurgence and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka’s unpredictability.
Of the aforementioned players, at least three – Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka and Stan Wawrinka – can attribute Melbourne as the stage on which they first achieved truly elite status. For as long as they return, there will be fireworks.
In other intriguing storylines, 35-year-old Venus Williams – a 2015 quarter-finalist in Oz – will look to take her rediscovered top form into the new season, and Garbine Muguruza will continue to push her way towards the highest heights of the game. Simona Halep resumes her search for that elusive major trophy, and Lleyton Hewitt – Australia’s hero – will compete at his home tournament for one last time.
You don’t want to miss a moment of the action. And if you know the dates, then you have no excuses.
Monday 18 January to Sunday 31 January. It’s the 2016 Australian Open. Don’t miss it!