Starting off another season of international tennis competition is the year’s first Grand Slam, the 2017 Australian Open.
The two-week long tournament will be held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia and feature some of the world’s biggest tennis stars, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Angelique Kerber; all of whom earned top seeds in their divisions.
The official draw for singles matches in men’s and women’s divisions took place Friday morning in Melbourne (that’s Thursday evening for those of us on the East Coast).
Based on the results, Djokovic (who won the tournament the past two years in a row and is a six-time Aussie Open winner) will open against Fernando Verdasco (Spain) and Murray– who took on Djokovic as a finalist in the singles round of the Australian open in 2015 and 2016– will play Illya Marchenko (Ukraine) in the first round of the men’s singles tournament.
Murray, this year’s number one seed and five-time Australian Open runner-up, is currently ranked number one in the world. Drawing into the same quarter as Federer, the U.K. all-star will potentially face the 17-grand slam champion in the last eight matches on his way to the final round.
In the women’s singles bracket, Williams will take on Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) and defending Australian Open 2016 champ and number one seed Angelique Kerber (Germany) drew Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine).
Roger Federer will also be a major player to watch, as the four-time Australian Open winner will be returning for his first tour event after a two-month break due to a chronic wrist injury. Due to his break, the Swiss star is seeded 17th—his lowest ever Australian Open rank.
The 2017 Australian Open Schedule:
The 2017 Australian Open will run from Jan. 16 through 29 and include both day and night sessions, with morning sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and evening sessions scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. ET, up until the semifinals, which begin Jan. 26.
How to Watch the 2017 Australian Open Live Streaming:
Watch matches and commentary Jan. 16 to January 29, live streaming on Australian Open (AO) TV Live. Those with a cable login can also watch live overnight and daily recap feeds from ESPN2 through the semifinals.
The finals of the singles tournaments as well as the men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles tournaments will be live streaming on WatchESPN.
Those without a cable login can find additional ways to stream thanks to Cut Cable Today’s live streaming guide to the 2017 Australian Open.