The draw to decide the first round matches in the Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Stream: the first major of the calendar year.Sir Andy Murray, who lost in the final of last year’s tournament to Novak Djokovic, is seeded number one ahead of the draw.
When is it?
With the first day of the tournament scheduled to begin on Monday January 16, the main draw to decide who will be facing who takes place this Friday, January 14.
What time is it?
With Melbourne Australia a jet-lag inducing 11 hours ahead, the draw for the first round will start at 11pm on Thursday evening UK time – that’s 10am Australian time.
How can I watch it?
You will be unable to watch the draw live on UK television but, fear not, you will be able to follow the draw and all the reaction right here with our Telegraph Sport live blog.
What is the format of the draw?
As with all the slams, the men’s and women’s singles events are a straight knock-out of 128 players each, so that’s seven wins required to take the title.
The men’s and women’s doubles events are draws of 64 teams, and the mixed doubles is a 32-team draw. All events bar the men’s singles, which is best of five, are best of three sets.CREDIT: AFP The seedings follow the world rankings, so Sir Andy Murray is the top seed for the first time ever at a slam,Injuries last year to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer mean they are down at nine and 17 in the seedings respectively.
Federer’s lowly seeding means he is a possible fourth-round opponent of Murray or Djokovic.
On the women’s side Serena Williams is in the unfamiliar position of playing second fiddle, as she gives up her No 1 seed status to Angelique Kerber.
Britain’s number one, Johanna Konta, who was born in Sydney, Australia, is seeded ninth.
The first Grand Slam of the 2017 season begins with the Australian Open from 16-29 January in Melbourne.
Defending men’s and women’s champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber will be in action alongside world number one Andy Murray, who is seeking his first Australian Open title.
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra is live from Melbourne Park with commentary from each day of the tournament.
BBC Two rounds up the day with a daily highlights programme from Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live
There’s also live text commentary on selected matches, including every time Andy Murray or Johanna Konta play, on the BBC Sport website and mobile app.
THE first grand slam of the year is almost upon us, and today we find out who stands in the way of the world’s best players as they look to reach the Australian Open final.
Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber are the top ranked in the men’s and women’s while defending champion Novak Djokovic and 2016 runner-up Serena Williams enter the tournament ranked No 2 for the first time since 2014 and 2013 respectively.
Further down the rankings, 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer, ranked 17th, will get less protection than he is used to and could face some stiff competiiton in the early rounds.
As for the Aussies, Nick Kyrgios is the highest ranked male at 14th in the world while Sam Stosur, without a win in five months, enters at No 21.
Find out how they and the rest of the Aussie contingent fares in the draw live from 11am Friday February 13, 2017.
A five-time losing finalist, a semi-finalist and a quarter-finalist in the past six years – an outstanding record, but the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup is still missing from Sir Andy’s trophy cabinet.
Melbourne is generally a successful hunting ground for the British No 1 in recent times, but the frustration of having failed to collect his third Australian Open Tennis 2017 Live Grand Slam title is growing – surely it’s just a matter of time!
However, his No 1 seeding should ease his path through the first week and he is guaranteed not to face a seeded player until third round at least.
Australian Open men’s singles seeds
1 Andy Murray, 2 Novak Djokovic, 3 Milos Raonic, 4 Stan Wawrinka, 5 Kei Nishikori, 6 Gael Monfils, 7 Marin Cilic, 8 Dominic Thiem, 9 Rafael Nadal, 10 Tomas Berdych, 11 David Goffin, 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 13 Roberto Bautista Agut, 14 Nick Kyrgios, 15 Grigor Dimitrov, 16 Lucas Pouille, 17 Roger Federer, 18 Richard Gasquet, 19 John Isner, 20 Ivo Karlovic, 21 David Ferrer, 22 Pablo Cuevas, 23 Jack Sock, 24 Alexander Zverev, 25 Gilles Simon, 26 Albert Ramos Vinolas, 27 Bernard Tomic, 28 Feliciano Lopez, 29 Viktor Troicki, 30 Pablo Carreno Busta, 31 Sam Querrey, 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber.