What a blockbuster start to the 2016 Grand Slam calendar with defending champions and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams on the Monday.
Djokovic will face youngest Hyeon Chung as he seeks a sixth Australian Open title.
“This has been the most successful Grand Slam tournament, and probably one of my two, three most successful tournaments of my career. I won it five times. Every time I go back to Rod Laver Arena, I have these memories come back to me from the first win back in 2008, of course, some of the epic matches I’ve played on that court.
“Again, I’ll try my best, as anybody else. I’m here to start from the very beginning, to start from the scratch, and see where it takes me.”
Plus, former champions Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will be featured in evening play and also at night two former finalists collide in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis.
All eyes of Australia will be on veteran Sam Stosur along with rising superstar Nick Kyrgios who made the quarterfinals a year ago.
Kei Nishikori, former No. Caroline Wozniacki, 2-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova and 2013 semifinalist Sloane Stephens are also on court.
With 64 matches on the opening day, that’s a lot of action, a lot of excitement.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN MONDAY DAY 1 SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 AM Start
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Serena Williams (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Hyeon Chung (KOR)
7:00 PM Start
Roger Federer (SUI) vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Margaret Court Arena 11:00 AM Start
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) vs. Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
Yuki Bhambri (IND) vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Christina McHale (USA)
7:00 PM Start
Nao Hibino (JPN) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Hisense Arena 11:00 AM Start
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Qiang Wang (CHN)
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before: 7:00 PM
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
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