2019 Australian Open
The 2019 Australian Open was a Grand Slam tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park from 14 to 27 January 2019. It was the 107th edition of the Australian Open, the 51st in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments. The 2019 Australian Open was the first Australian Open to feature final set tie-breaks.
Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki were the defending men's and women's singles champions, but were unsuccessful in their respective title defenses; Federer lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round and Wozniacki lost to Maria Sharapova in the third round.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the men's singles title at the 2019 Australian Open, defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the men's final. Naomi Osaka of Japan defeated Petra Kvitová of the Czech Republic 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to win the women's singles title.
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The 2019 Australian Open was the 107th edition of the Australian Open. The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2019 ATP Tour and the 2019 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as the mixed doubles events. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments. There were also singles, doubles and quad events for men's and women's wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category. The tournament was played on hard courts at Melbourne Park, including three main show courts: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena. As in previous years, the tournament's main sponsor was Kia.
Final set tie-breaks were introduced for all match formats for the first time at the 2019 Australian Open. If a match reached 6–6 in the final set, the first player to score 10 points and be leading by at least 2 points won the match. Katie Boulter and Ekaterina Makarova were the first players in a main draw to compete in the new tie-break format.
For the first time in the men's singles competition, a 10-minute break due to heat was allowed after the third set when the Australian Open Heat Stress Scale reached 4.0 or higher. Hawkeye line-calling technology was extended to be included on all courts. A shot clock was introduced for the first time into the main draw, having been limited to qualifying only in 2018. Women gained parity in the qualifying competition as the draw was increased to 128 players in line with the men's draw.
Domestically, this was the first Australian Open to be broadcast by the Nine Network, after they secured the rights to televise the tournament from 2019 until 2024. Initially, the broadcast deal was to have started from 2020, however, the Seven Network, which had previously televised the event between 1973 and 2018, agreed to relinquish the rights to the 2019 tournament.
Point and prize money distributionEdit
Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points offered for each event:
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 128||Q||Q3||Q2||Q1|
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 1281||Q3||Q2||Q1|
|Mixed Doubles *||A$185,000||A$95,000||A$47,500||A$23,000||A$11,500||A$5,950||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
1Qualifiers prize money was also the Round of 128 prize money.
Men's Legends' DoublesEdit
Women's Legends' DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Men's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Women's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Quad SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Men's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Women's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Quad DoublesEdit
The following are the seeded players. Seedings are based on ATP and WTA rankings on 7 January 2019, while ranking and points before are as of 14 January 2019. Points after are as of 28 January 2019.
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|1||1||Novak Djokovic||9,135||180||2,000||10,955||Champion, defeated Rafael Nadal |
|2||2||Rafael Nadal||7,480||360||1,200||8,320||Runner-up, lost to Novak Djokovic |
|3||3||Roger Federer||6,420||2,000||180||4,600||Fourth round lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas |
|4||4||Alexander Zverev||6,385||90||180||6,475||Fourth round lost to Milos Raonic |
|5||6||Kevin Anderson||4,810||10||45||4,845||Second round lost to Frances Tiafoe|
|6||7||Marin Čilić||4,160||1,200||180||3,140||Fourth round lost to Roberto Bautista Agut |
|7||8||Dominic Thiem||4,095||180||45||3,960||Second round retired against Alexei Popyrin [WC]|
|8||9||Kei Nishikori||3,750||0||360||4,110||Quarterfinals retired against Novak Djokovic |
|9||10||John Isner||3,155||10||10||3,155||First round lost to Reilly Opelka|
|10||11||Karen Khachanov||2,835||45||90||2,880||Third round lost to Roberto Bautista Agut |
|11||12||Borna Ćorić||2,435||10||180||2,605||Fourth round lost to Lucas Pouille |
|12||13||Fabio Fognini||2,315||180||90||2,225||Third round lost to Pablo Carreño Busta |
|13||14||Kyle Edmund||2,150||720||10||1,440||First round lost to Tomáš Berdych|
|14||15||Stefanos Tsitsipas||2,095||10||720||2,805||Semifinals lost to Rafael Nadal |
|15||19||Daniil Medvedev||1,865||45||180||2,000||Fourth round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|16||17||Milos Raonic||1,900||10||360||2,250||Quarterfinals lost to Lucas Pouille |
|17||18||Marco Cecchinato||1,889||(29)†||10||1,870||First round lost to Filip Krajinović|
|18||16||Diego Schwartzman||1,925||180||90||1,835||Third round lost to Tomáš Berdych|
|19||20||Nikoloz Basilashvili||1,820||90||90||1,820||Third round lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas |
|20||21||Grigor Dimitrov||1,790||360||180||1,610||Fourth round lost to Frances Tiafoe|
|21||22||David Goffin||1,785||45||90||1,830||Third round lost to Daniil Medvedev |
|22||24||Roberto Bautista Agut||1,605||10||360||1,955||Quarterfinals lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas |
|23||23||Pablo Carreño Busta||1,705||180||180||1,705||Fourth round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|24||25||Chung Hyeon||1,585||720||45||910||Second round lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert|
|25||27||Denis Shapovalov||1,440||45||90||1,485||Third round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|26||28||Fernando Verdasco||1,410||45||90||1,455||Third round lost to Marin Čilić |
|27||29||Alex de Minaur||1,353||0||90||1,443||Third round lost to Rafael Nadal |
|28||31||Lucas Pouille||1,245||10||720||1,955||Semifinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|29||30||Gilles Simon||1,280||45||45||1,280||Second round lost to Alex Bolt [WC]|
|30||33||Gaël Monfils||1,195||45||45||1,195||Second round lost to Taylor Fritz|
|31||34||Steve Johnson||1,190||10||10||1,190||First round lost to Andreas Seppi|
|32||32||Philipp Kohlschreiber||1,215||10||45||1,250||Second round lost to João Sousa|
† The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2018. Accordingly, points for his 18th best result are deducted instead.
The following players would have been seeded, but they withdrew from the event.
|Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points after||Withdrawal reason|
|5||Juan Martín del Potro||5,150||90||5,060||Knee injury|
|26||Richard Gasquet||1,535||90||1,445||Groin injury|
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|1||1||Simona Halep||6,642||1,300||240||5,582||Fourth round lost to Serena Williams |
|2||2||Angelique Kerber||5,505||780||240||4,965||Fourth round lost to Danielle Collins|
|3||3||Caroline Wozniacki||5,436||2,000||130||3,566||Third round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|4||4||Naomi Osaka||5,270||240||2,000||7,030||Champion, defeated Petra Kvitová |
|5||5||Sloane Stephens||5,077||10||240||5,307||Fourth round lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|
|6||7||Elina Svitolina||4,940||430||430||4,940||Quarterfinals lost to Naomi Osaka |
|7||8||Karolína Plíšková||4,750||430||780||5,100||Semifinals lost to Naomi Osaka |
|8||6||Petra Kvitová||5,000||10||1,300||6,290||Runner-up, lost to Naomi Osaka |
|9||9||Kiki Bertens||4,490||130||70||4,430||Second round lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|
|10||10||Daria Kasatkina||3,415||70||10||3,355||First round lost to Timea Bacsinszky [PR]|
|11||11||Aryna Sabalenka||3,365||10||130||3,485||Third round lost to Amanda Anisimova|
|12||14||Elise Mertens||2,985||780||130||2,335||Third round lost to Madison Keys |
|13||12||Anastasija Sevastova||3,160||70||240||3,330||Fourth round lost to Naomi Osaka |
|14||13||Julia Görges||3,055||70||10||2,995||First round lost to Danielle Collins|
|15||15||Ashleigh Barty||2,985||130||430||3,285||Quarterfinals lost to Petra Kvitová |
|16||16||Serena Williams||2,976||0||430||3,406||Quarterfinals lost to Karolína Plíšková |
|17||17||Madison Keys||2,976||430||240||2,786||Fourth round lost to Elina Svitolina |
|18||18||Garbiñe Muguruza||2,865||70||240||3,035||Fourth round lost to Karolína Plíšková |
|19||19||Caroline Garcia||2,660||240||130||2,550||Third round lost to Danielle Collins|
|20||20||Anett Kontaveit||2,525||240||70||2,355||Second round lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich|
|21||21||Wang Qiang||2,485||10||130||2,605||Third round lost to Anastasija Sevastova |
|22||22||Jeļena Ostapenko||2,362||130||10||2,242||First round lost to Maria Sakkari|
|23||23||Carla Suárez Navarro||2,153||430||70||1,793||Second round lost to Dayana Yastremska|
|24||24||Lesia Tsurenko||1,896||70||70||1,896||Second round lost to Amanda Anisimova|
|25||26||Mihaela Buzărnescu||1,700||10||10||1,700||First round lost to Venus Williams|
|26||25||Dominika Cibulková||1,735||10||10||1,735||First round lost to Zhang Shuai|
|27||28||Camila Giorgi||1,645||70||130||1,705||Third round lost to Karolína Plíšková |
|28||27||Hsieh Su-wei||1,680||240||130||1,570||Third round lost to Naomi Osaka |
|29||29||Donna Vekić||1,580||70||70||1,580||Second round lost to Kimberly Birrell [WC]|
|30||30||Maria Sharapova||1,552||130||240||1,662||Fourth round lost to Ashleigh Barty |
|31||32||Petra Martić||1,465||240||130||1,355||Third round lost to Sloane Stephens |
|32||34||Barbora Strýcová||1,331||240||10||1,101||First round lost to Yulia Putintseva|
|Gabriela Dabrowski||Mate Pavić||13||1|
|Nicole Melichar||Bruno Soares||21||2|
|Barbora Krejčíková||Rajeev Ram||22||3|
|Mihaela Buzărnescu||Oliver Marach||29||4|
|Anna-Lena Grönefeld||Robert Farah||31||5|
|Abigail Spears||Juan Sebastián Cabal||35||6|
|Makoto Ninomiya||Ben McLachlan||39||7|
|Ekaterina Makarova||Artem Sitak||41||8|
- 1 Rankings are as of 7 January 2019.
Main draw wildcard entriesEdit
Main draw qualifier entriesEdit
The following players have been accepted directly into the main draw using a protected ranking:
The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament, but withdrew due to injuries or other reasons
- Before the tournament
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