The eyes of the tennis world are on Melbourne again this year as the 2020 Australian Open takes place between January 20 and February 2 in Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka will both be attempting to defend their 2019 Australian Open titles, while the world's best players will all descend on Melbourne for the first major of the year.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2020 Australian Open.
MORE: Australian Open draw analysisWHAT DATES IS THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020?
The 2020 Australian Open started on Monday, January 20 and will finish on Sunday, February 2.
The women's singles final and mixed doubles final will be held on Saturday, February 1, with the men's doubles and men's singles final to be played on the final day - February 2.AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE OF PLAY - FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
After another rain-affected day on Thursday, Friday's conditions look pretty good, with the temperature set to hover around the low 20s.
Aussie number one seed Ash Barty is on court, as are big names Roger Federer (against local hope John Millman), Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE OF PLAY AND RESULTS - FRIDAY JANUARY 23: THE BIG NAMES Rod Laver Arena - From 11am
A. Barty(1) def. E. Rybakina(29) 6-3 6-2
Q. Wang(27) def. S. Williams(8) 6-4 6-7(2) 7-5
N. Djokovic(2) def. Y. Nishioka 6-3 6-2 6-2
From 7:00pm AEDT
N. Osaka(3) vs. C. Gauff
J. Millman vs. R. Federer(3)Margaret Court Arena - From 11am
D. Schwartzman(14) def. D. Lajovic(24) 6-2 6-3 7-6(7)
P. Kvitova(7) def. E. Alexandrova(25) 6-1 6-2
M. Sakkari(22) def. M. Keys(10) 6-4 6-4
From 7:00pm AEDT
S. Tsitsipas(6) vs. M. Raonic(32)
S. Zhang vs. S. Kenin(14)Melbourne Arena - From 11am
J. Nam & M. Song def. L. Hewitt & J. Thompson 6-2 6-2
O. Jabeur def. C. Wozniacki 7-5 3-6 7-5
M. Cilic vs. R. Bautista Agut(9)
G. Pella(22) vs. F. Fognini(12)1573 Arena - From 11am
M. Fucsovics def. T. Paul 6-1 6-1 6-4
From 3.30pm AEDT
A. Riske(18) def J. Goerges 1-6 7-6(4) 6-2
Court 3 - From 11am
A. Anisimova & N. Kyrgios def. M. Adamczak & D. Vega Hernandez 7-5 6-4AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 RESULTS - HOW ARE THE AUSTRALIANS DOING?
Nick Kyrgios has advanced to the third round in entertaining fashion, beating Gilles Simon in four sets 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5 on Thursday night.
Ash Barty and John Millman are also through to the third round of the tournament after their matches on Wednesday, with the latter set to face Roger Federer.
Alexei Popyrin continued his love affair with Melbourne Park, defeating Jaume Munar in straight sets to advance to the third round.
Jordan Thompson enjoyed a straight sets first round win over Alexander Bublik, but went down in a five-set epic to Fabio Fognini late on Wednesday night. Thompson came from two sets down to force a deciding tiebreaker, before the Italian won 7-6(4) 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-6(4).
Wildcard Marc Polmans was knocked out in the second round on Wednesday, while fellow WCs Alex Bolt, Arina Roodionova and Priscilla Hon were all eliminated in second round matches today.
Ajla Tomljanovic was defeated in three sets by Garbiñe Muguruza in her second round match 6-3 3-6 6-3 on Thursday.
Christopher O'Connell, James Duckworth and Astra Sharma were unable to get through to the next round.
It was a disappointing start to the Australian Open for the local hopes, with four players eliminated on day one.
Wildcards Lizette Cabrera, John Patrick Smith, Max Purcell and Andrew Harris were eliminated early on, with Sam Stosur joining them after a loss to American Caty McNally.AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 ROUND TWO AUSTRALIAN RESULTS Men's draw
Dušan Lajović def. Marc Polmans 6-2 6-4 6-3
John Millman def. Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 7-5 6-3
Fabio Fognini def. Jordan Thompson 7-6(4) 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-6(4)
Dominic Thiem def. Alex Bolt 6-2 5-7 6-7 6-1 6-2
Alexei Popyrin def. Jaume Munar 6-2 7-6 6-2
Nick Kyrgios def. Gilles Simon 6-2 6-4 4-6 7-5
Ash Barty (1) def. Polona Hercog 6-1 6-4
Garbine Muguruza def. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 3-6 6-3
Angelique Kerber def. Priscilla Hon 6-3 6-2AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 ROUND ONE AUSTRALIAN RESULTS
(8) Matteo Berrettini def Andrew Harris 6-3 6-1 6-3
(22) Guido Pella def John Patrick Smith 6-3 7-5 6-4
Jannik Sinner def Max Purcell (WC) 7-6(2) 6-2 6-4
John Millman def Ugo Humbert 7-6(3) 6-3 1-6 7-5
Marc Polmans (WC) def Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-7(8) 6-4
Jordan Thompson def Alexander Bublik 6-4 6-3 6-2
Alex Bolt (WC) def Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(1) 1-6 6-7(5) 6-1 6-4
Alexei Popyrin def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (28) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1 ret.
Andrey Rublev (17) def. Christopher O'Connell (WC) 6-3 0-6 6-4 7-6(5)
Aljaz Bedene def James Duckworth 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4
Nick Kyrgios (23) def Lorenzo Sonego 6-2 7-6(3) 7-6(1)
(Q) Ann Li def Lizette Cabrera 7-6(4) 7-6(10)
Caty McNally def Sam Stosur 6-1 6-4
Ash Barty def Lesia Tsurenko 5-7 6-1 6-1
Ajla Tomljanovic def. Anastaija Sevastova (31) 6-1 6-1
Arina Rodionova (WC) def Kateryna Bondarenko 3-6 7-6(5) 6-0
Priscilla Hon (WC) def Kateryna Kozlova 6-3 6-4AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS 2020 TICKETS - HOW MUCH IS A TICKET TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?
Australian Open tickets are on sale now at Ticketek, and you can check them out here.
There's plenty of options to choose from, with one-day tickets, stadium tickets and ground passes available.
A ticket to the day session on the first Monday at Rod Laver Arena will cost anywhere from $95 to $230. A ticket to the night session at Rod Laver on day one starts at $105 and goes up to $240.
Tickets to the men's final have already sold out, but there are still a few seats left to attend the women's final.AUSTRALIAN OPEN GROUND PASS
A ground pass - which will get you to all the outside courts, but not the stadiums, for the entire day starts at $54 for adults and $5 for kids.
This pass will grant you access to Melbourne Arena, the AO Live Stage, AO Ballpark and the new practise village.
There will be live music for the 14 days of the tournament, while the AO Ballpark features plenty of activities for kids, including Lego, Tennis Hot Shots, and many more.
Hit this link here for more details and examples of some of the outstanding fundraising drives around the tennis.2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE, OPENING TIMES AND SESSION TIMES
Between Monday, January 20 (the first day of the main draw) and Friday, January 31, gates open at 10am, with the day session starting at 11am.
Over the same period, gates open for the night session at 5pm and play gets underway at 7pm.HOW TO WATCH THE 2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - TV CHANNEL, STREAM, RADIO
In Australia, the 2020 Australian Open will be shown on Channel 9. This is the second year the broadcaster has hosted the first Grand Slam of the year, after taking over from long-time host Channel Seven.
Channel 9 will be showing most of the action on their main channel and on 9Gem.
You can also stream every Australian Open match live on 9now, with cameras covering every court.
You can also listen to radio commentary of the 2020 Australian Open, either at the Aus Open website, or via ABC Grandstand.
The Australian Open YouTube page also posts in depth highlights packages of all the big stars, plus on-court interviews and post-match press conferences.2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN PRIZE MONEY
The total prize pool for the Australian Open is (AU) $62.5 million. That's an increase of 14% between 2019 and the year before.
The Australian Open also awards equal prize money for men and women.
Here's how it breaks down.ROUND SINGLES DOUBLES MIXED DOUBLES Q1 $15,000 N/A N/A Q2 $25,000 N/A N/A Q3 $40,00 N/A N/A ROUND OF 128 $75,000 N/A N/A ROUND OF 64 $105,000 $21,000 N/A ROUND OF 32 $155,000 $32,500 $5950 ROUND OF 16 $260,000 $55,000 $11,500 QUARTER-FINAL $460,000 $100,000 $23,000 SEMI-FINAL $920,000 $190,000 $47,500 FINALIST $2,050,000 $375,000 $95,000 WINNER $4,100,000 750,000 $185,000 TENNIS STARS RAISE MONEY FOR AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF
Tennis Australia's initiative comes after Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Alex de Minaur, Ash Barty and a host of international stars have pledged to donate money to the bushfire cause.
Kyrgios kick-started the movement, promising to donate $200 for every ace he served over the summer of tennis.
Millman and De Minaur quickly followed suit with similar pledges, while Barty said she will donate her entire prize-money check at the Brisbane International.
During the Australian Open, commentator and tennis legend John McEnroe said he would donate $1,000 for every set that Nick Kyrgios wins during the tournament.
While up and coming star Alex Zverev said he would donate his entire prizemoney from the tournament to the bushfire relief.
Other stars from around the world joined in, with Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova jumping on board with creative ideas of their own.WHERE IS THE 2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS?
As always, the Australian Open is being held at Melbourne Park.
Walking distance from the CBD, the venue has held the tournament since 1988. There are three main stadiums - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena - which all have retractable roofs.
Rod Laver Arena has a capacity of 14,820, Melbourne Arena can seat 10,500 people and Margaret Court Arena fits 7,500 fans.AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS 2020 WILDCARD PLAY-OFFS
The Australian Open wildcard play-offs have been decided with Arina Rodionova and John-Patrick Smith winning through to the main draw.
Keep up to date with all the action from the Australian Open wildcard play-offs via the Australian Open's official YouTube channel.WHAT SURFACE IS THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN PLAYED ON?
Since 2008, the Australian Open has been held on blue plexicushion.
Until 1988, it was played on grass, before switching to green rebound ace between 1989 and 2007.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams are the only two tennis players to win the Australian major on both Rebound Ace and the Plexicushion surface.WHO WON THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN?
Novak Djokovic was the 2019 men's Australian Open winner , claiming his seventh win in Melbourne with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal.
In the women's draw Naomi Osaka won her second major in succession with a nail-biting 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova .
French pairing Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the men's doubles in a straight sets win over Henri Kontinen and John Peers. Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai took out the women's doubles, beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.
Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram won the mixed doubles over Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith.ASH BARTY AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Ash Barty heads into the 2020 Australian Open as the number one player in the world and will be looking to win her second ever Grand Slam tournament.
Barty's best performance at her home slam came this year, when she advanced to the quarter-finals, losing to eventual finalist Petra Kvitova.
Prior to that, Barty reached the third round in 2018 and 2017, and was knocked out in the first round in 2014, 2013 and 2012.KEI NISHIKORI PULLS OUT OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open and the inaugural ATP Cup as he continues to recover from elbow surgery.
The world number 13 went under the knife in October and has not played since his third-round exit at the US Open in August.
Nishikori reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the fourth time in 2019 after winning the Brisbane International.
The former world number four and 2014 US Open runner-up also recorded quarter-final appearances at the French Open and Wimbledon this year.THANASI KOKKINAKIS PULLS OUT OF 2020 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Injury-plagued Thanasi Kokkinakis has been forced out of the Australian Open.
The 23-year-old needed either a wildcard or to got through qualifying, but took to social media early this year to say he won't be playing.
Read more about it here.BIANCA ANDREESCU WITHDRAWS FROM AUSTRALIAN OPEN
World number six Bianca Andreescu has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open, failing to overcome a knee injury.
Andreescu sustained the injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in October, from which she withdrew after retiring in her match with Karolina Pliskova.
She took to social media to reveal that she will not be able to contend for back-to-back majors, opting to continue rehabilitation.
Read more about it here.MARIA SHARAPOVA TO RECEIVE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WILDCARD
Maria Sharapova will receive a wildcard to the Australian Open, Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley revealed on Wednesday.
Sharapova is ranked 147th in the world and there were suggestions she may have had to go through qualifying in order to play in Melbourne.
The five-time Grand Slam champion lost to American Jennifer Brady in three sets in the first round at the Brisbane International this week, but told reporters she was confident of being granted a wildcard.
Read more about the news here.MARGARET COURT WON'T TAKE PART IN AUSTRALIAN OPEN TROPHY CEREMONY
Controversial tennis legend Margaret Court will be in Melbourne as Tennis Australia commemorates the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam, but she won't take part in any official trophy presentations.
TA boss Craig Tiley confirmed the news on Wednesday, saying Court will remain in the stands as the winner of the Australian Open is presented.
Read more about it here.ALEX DE MINAUR PULLS OUT OF ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL
Alex de Minaur pulled out of the Adelaide International, citing an ab injury.
De Minaur had a busy schedule during the ATP Cup, including playing two matches during Australia's quarter-final win over Great Britain on Thursday.
The world number 18 followed that up with an admirable performance against Rafael Nadal, taking the Spanish legend to three sets before losing 4-6 7-5 6-1.
De Minaur will instead turn his focus to the Australian Open.ATP CUP FINAL: SERBIA COMES BACK TO BEAT SPAIN
Novak Djokovic was the driving force behind Serbia's come-from-behind win over Spain in the inaugural ATP Cup final in Sydney on Sunday night.
After Roberto Bautista Agut gave Spain a lead with a straight sets singles win over Dusan Lajovic, Djokovic ground out a 6-2 7-6(4) win over Rafael Nadal to level the tie.
Nadal sat out the deciding doubles match, with Djokovic pairing with Victor Troicki to beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-4.
The Serbian support during the final was immense and we talked to a few of their most ardent fans.
Check it out here.THE LAST TIME AN AUSTRALIAN MADE IT THROUGH TO THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN'S FINAL
The last time an Australian made it to the men’s final at the Australian Open was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, though the last Australian to win the title was Mark Edmondson in 1976 (against fellow Australian John Newcombe).
20 different players have won the men’s singles title at the Australian Open since it was last won by an Australian player (Mark Edmondson in 1976).AUSTRALIAN OPEN RALLY FOR RELIEF RAISES HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR BUSHFIRE RELIEF
Some of the biggest stars in tennis came together to raise money for the Australian bushfire relief effort.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams and many others took the court at Rod Laver Arena and raise over $4 million.
Read more about the incredible night here.AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 MUSIC FOR RELIEF
In addition to the Rally for Relief exhibition match, there will be a fundraising concert held on Sunday, January 19 - one day before the tournament starts.
Jessica Mauboy, Montaigne and Lily Papas are all performing at the AO Live Stage Birrarung Marr from 3pm until 9pm.
Tickets are available from Ticketmaster here, with kids getting in for $5 and adults for $20.
All proceeds are going to the Australian Red Cross.DALILA JAKUPOVIC HITS OUT AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN ORGANISERS AFTER COLLAPSING IN QUALIFYING
Slovenian player Dalila Jakupovic has hit out at Australian Open organisers after she collapsed and was forced to retire during the first round of qualifying on Tuesday.
Jakupovic dropped to her knees with a coughing fit and panicked when she couldn't get up. She was forced out of her match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele after being up a set.
Speaking to Sporting News, she said there had been no communication between organisers and players and said there should have been consultation with the playing group.
Read more from our chat with Jakupovic here.ALEX DE MINAUR PULLS OUT OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Alex de Minaur has been forced to pull out of the Australian Open with an abdominal injury.
The top-ranked Aussie withdrew from the Adelaide International this week as well, and was unable to overcome the injury.
Read more about it here.AUSTRALIAN OPEN LIVE SCORES WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN AIR QUALITY?
The Australian Open should be delayed or postponed if air quality deteriorates and smoke blankets Melbourne, according to Dr Matthew Conron.
Australia has been ravaged by bushfires in recent months, triggering poor air conditions and concerns among players for their welfare ahead of the year's first grand slam.
Australian Open organisers have come under fire after allowing qualifiers to take place on Tuesday, despite a thick haze of smoke, forcing Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic to retire, while Eugenie Bouchard, Bernard Tomic and Maria Sharapova also struggled.
However, Roger Federer insisted he was unworried about the air quality in Melbourne as he dismissed suggestions tournaments like the Australian Open should be moved.AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2020 RESULTS - SERENA, OSAKA, FEDERER, NADAL CRUISE THROUGH FIRST ROUND
World number three Naomi Osaka started her Australian Open title defence with a straight-sets win over Marie Bouzkova on Monday.
Osaka was too strong for Bouzkova in a 6-2 6-4 win on Rod Laver Arena in the first meeting between the pair.
23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams also strolled through her first-round match against Russian Anastasia Potapova, needing just 58 minutes to cruise past Potapova 6-0 6-3.
He sister Venus failed to replicate her strong showing, losing to 15-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6(5) 6-3 in a rematch from Gauff's main draw debut at Wimbledon last year.
On the men's side of the draw, Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov was the first major casualty from the tournament.
The 13th seed was upset by Hungarian Martin Fucsovics 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1 7-6(3).
No such worries for Roger Federer, who cruised through his match against American Steve Johnson, earning a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory in just over 80 minutes.
World number one Rafael Nadal also secured his passage through to the second round, defeating Hugo Dellien in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal cruised through his second round matchup in the Australian Open with a 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 win over Argentinean Federico Delbonis. The two have only faced each other four times in their careers with Rafael Nadal winning all of those matchups.
Although the world number one seed displayed a flawless show of tennis, it was a stray forehand return that made the headlines. It was the third set of the match where Rafael Nadal was up 4-1 and he was on the receiving end of the court. Delbonis struck a wide serve that Rafael Nadal blasted straight to the head of a ball kid. With a loud thud followed by a collective gasp from everyone, play was momentarily stopped.
Showing immediate concern, both players approached her to check if she was okay. While the ball kid was giving the thumbs up to them, Rafael Nadal still apologized by giving her a kiss on the cheek.
After the match, Rafael Nadal shared that it was one of the scarier moments he’s had on the tennis court. "For her, probably it was not a good moment," he said. "I was so scared for her, honestly."
Considering it was a down the line shot at full force straight into the head, Rafael Nadal saw the bravery of the ball kid. “She’s a super brave girl,” he told the Australian Open crowd.
The Internet, of course, blew up with posts sharing all around social media. There were varied reactions from people, giving their thoughts on the situation. All in all, Rafael Nadal was able to make everyone talking.
With the abundance of heartwarming takes, there were also some that had a slight hint of jealousy.
Beyond the sweet display on the court, Rafael Nadal is still on the pace of chasing history. The left-handed player currently has 19 Grand Slam titles and is only one championship away from tying Roger Federer. Interestingly he only has one Australian Open title and is seeking to gain another one after 11 years. He’s set to face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta in his third-round matchup.
Spain's Rafael Nadal is guaranteed to finish the year as the world number one Photo: AFP / Adrian DENNIS
MELBOURNE, Australia — American teenage sensation Cori "Coco" Gauff is giving tennis fans at her Australian Open debut a sense of déjà vu.
On Monday, she defeated one of the most decorated players in women’s tennis and her own role model: Venus Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner.
It was practically a replay of the first round Wimbledon match that propelled the prodigy from Florida to stardom just seven months ago, when she beat Williams against the odds.
With her performance here in Melbourne, Gauff has made history again: She is now the first American woman in 30 years to advance to the third round of her first three major tournaments.
But Gauff, 15, says she doesn’t submit to statistics and expectations, rather her own goals of doing her best each time.
This time, she tells NBC News, she walked onto the court a different player.
“I think I’m more relaxed when I go out on the court,” she said.
And there’s something else, Gauff says. This time, she is more confident.
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“I respect everyone’s game and I respect my opponent. But at the end of the day, if I’m going to go against them, I can’t say ‘Oh, I’m going to lose this match.’”
“I believe I can beat anyone,” says Gauff, who calls Delray Beach, Florida, home.
She admits it’s hard to believe only seven months have passed since she shocked the tennis world at Wimbledon, advancing to the fourth round before ultimately falling to Romanian Simona Halep, who went on to defeat Serena Williams in the final.
Gauff has fared well in her Australian Open debut. After her first round victory over Williams, she mounted a tremendous comeback in round two, defeating Sorana Cirstea.
She will close the week in a round three rematch against defending champion, Japan's Naomi Osaka, on Friday. The two first met during the U.S. Open, where Osaka’s victory over Gauff led to a touching post-match moment between the two.
Gauff says she’s learned a lot since then.
“I came to the realization that I need to play my own game, not worry about what people think of me,” she says.
“My mindset just is: I’m going to fight. If I lose, the world is not going to end, I’m going to have another match in maybe a week or so," Gauff added.Venus Williams, right, congratulates compatriot Cori Gauff on winning their first round singles match at the Australian Open on Monday.Dita Alangkara / AP
With a maturity well beyond her years, it’s easy forget that Gauff is just 15. But the telltale reminders are there: Homework takes a back seat to TikTok.
And a few months away from driving age, among her most prized possessions is her learner’s permit.
“I would show you, but I don’t have it on me,” she tells a room full of reporters during her post-match press conference. “My mom has it because I almost lost it here.”
And she’s got big plans for the real thing.
“When I’m 16 and I get my license, I’m going to be going to Chick-fil-A and everywhere without my parents.”
But regular teenage desires do not obscure just how exceptional Gauff is.
Gauff's mission is a lofty one, and she states it matter-of-factly: to be the greatest. And to win as many Grand Slams as possible. And maybe have fun along the way.
“If I inspire one person, that means more than any match for me,” she says. “I know it’s cheesy, but honestly it’s true because without the Williams sisters, I wouldn’t even be here right now.”
“I hope somebody can say that about me in the future.”