The 2017 Australian Open, the first tennis grand slam of the new calendar year, kicks off at Melbourne Park Monday with top seeds Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber in action.
While Murray has suffered a record five finals defeats at the Rod Laver arena, including four losses to arch rival Novak Djokovic, Germany’s Kerber won the tournament last year and is tipped as the favourite to repeat as champion. Many analysts expect Murray to add the Australian Open 2017 to his kitty of grand slam wins.
Murray and Kerber are expected to make quick work of Ukranian tandem Illya Marchenko and Lesia Tsurenko respectively, during their first round matches.
Meanwhile, local favourite Nick Kyrgios and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will also be seen in action during a power-packed Day 1 lineup. While world no. 14 Kyrgios would square off against Portgual’s Gastao Elias, Federer will be up against Austrian Jurgen Melzer at the Rod Laver Arena.
Australian Open 2017 Live: Other local favourites in action
Bernard Tomic, Ashleigh Barty, Destanee Aiava, James Duckworth and Sam Groth are some of the other Aussies that will be seen in action during Day 1 of the 2017 Australian Open. Tomic, the 27th seed, will face Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 21 in 2010.
IT was an action-packed start to the 2017 Australian Open on day 1 with several Aussies stamping their ticket to the next round.
Serial winners Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams remain favoured to rewrite history once again at the 105th Australian Open. Bookmakers refuse to believe there’s been a shift in the balance of power despite spectacular coups by Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber in 2016.
But perhaps they were right to do so, with Murray pushed in his first round win while Kerber was forced into a deciding third set.
Nick Kyrgios made a dominant start as he led the local charge which saw some big upsets from young Aussies, while both the men’s and women’s fourth seeds were pushed to the absolute limit – with the latter losing in stunning fashion.
Plus Roger Federer made his much-anticipated Grand Slam return from injury
Other marque matches include fourth seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, fifth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan against Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov and aging legend Venus Williams, seeded No. 13, squaring off against Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova.
Australian Open 2017 Day 1 — List of marquee televsied matches
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)  v Gastao Elias (POR) — starts 6:30 PM AEDT
Roger Federer (SUI)  v Jurgen Melzer (AUT) — second up on court
Bernard Tomic (AUS)  v Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)
Andy Murray (GBR)  vs Illya Marchenko (UKR)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs Annika Beck (GER)
Destanee Aiava (AUS) vs Mona Barthel (GER)
James Duckworth (AUS) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs Sam Groth (AUS)
Australian Open 2017 live stream: How to watch
Time: 11 AM to 11 PM (AEDT), 7 PM to 7 AM (PT) on Sunday-Monday
On TV: Channel 7, 7TWO and 7mate (Australia), ESPN 2 (USA)
Live Stream: 7 TENNIS app (Australia), Watch ESPN (USA), Official website (Global).