The run up to the tennis tournament has been dominated by whether world number one Novak Djokovic will participate in the event after Australia cancelled his visa for a second time in the days leading up to the tournament.
Djokovic has now been deported and question marks hang over whether the Serbian will be able to play any part in Grand Slams this year, as governments assess vaccination status amid the latest Covid Omicron variant
Other top players such as Australian tennis star and fellow world number one Ashleigh Barty is set to return to the court, while Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu will fly the flag for Great Britain in the men’s and women’s draws respectively.
Barty won the 2021 Wimbledon Tournament in July and finished the year with 7582 points to her name in the WTA women’s rankings.
Britain’s break-out 2021 star and US Open Champion, Emma Raducanu, finished her first season on the WTA tour in 19th, just above her childhood tennis hero Simona Halep.
Fellow Brit Cameron Norrie, who finished his 2021 season on the ATP tour in 12th following a phenomenal run at the Indian Wells Masters where he took his second ATP tour singles title, was knocked out in the first round by Sebastian Korda.
It seems also highly likely that fans will be treated to watching Naomi Osaka defend her title in Australia.
The former world number one took an indefinite break from tennis in September, citing mental health reasons, and won her first match since her break during the Melbourne 1, Australian Open warm-up tournament.
Here is all the information you need on how to keep up with the athletes while they play in Australia
When is the Australian Open?
The Australian Open began on Monday 17 January 2022 and will conclude on Sunday 30 January 2022.
Where is the Australian Open taking place?
The tournament takes place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne.
It was a grass-court tournament from 1905 to 1987 but since the tournament moved to Melbourne Park in 1988, it has since become a hard-court tournament taking place outside.
How to watch the Australian Open?
The Australian Open is available to watch live on EuroSport. There is a monthly pass available for £6.99/month.
Equally there is an annual pass which costs £4.99/month for 12 months. The passes include Live coverage, being able to watch on multiple devices, multi camera views and on demand videos.
Eurosport 1 is available on Sky Channel 410, BT 435 and Virgin 521 while Eurosport 2 is available on Sky Channel 411, BT 436 and Virgin 522.
How can I live stream the Australian Open?
Live streaming is available through Eurosport and their monthly pass of £6.99.
Are there highlights for the Australian Open?
Eurosport and BBC Sport will offer short clips and highlights of the Australian Open.
When does coverage for the Australian Open start?
The day sessions will begin from midnight GMT while the night sessions will start from 8am and run until around 12pm GMT.
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