After being postponed to February for the first time in history earlier in 2021, the Australian Open is finally back to its regular schedule. Some of tennis' biggest and brightest stars will meet in Melbourne for a chance to take home one of the sport's biggest trophies.
The defending Aussie Open champ, Novak Djokovic, is now in serious doubt to retain his title. Djokovic, the world's No. 1-ranked men's player, was denied entry into Australia following concerns over an erroneous visa application and insufficient evidence to support his medical-exemption to remain unvaccinated. All players and staff participating in the tournament must be vaccinated, so Djokovic is now almost certainly barred from competing this year given his visa rejection.
Sadly for tennis fans, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have withdrawn from the Open this year. Still, dozens of huge names will be making an appearance down under.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Australian Open.
When is the 2022 Australian Open?
For TV viewers in the U.S., the 2022 Australian Open runs from Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 local time. On the east coast of the United States, the tournament will run one day earlier due to a time difference, from Sunday the 16th through the early morning of the 30th.
The first matches will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 16 (11 a.m. on Jan. 17 local time). With the exception of opening day, every day through the Round of 16 will follow the same schedule. Each day will be broken up into two sessions, with the latter beginning at 7 p.m. local time.
Quarterfinal matches start at Jan. 25-26. The women’s semifinals are on Tuesday, Jan. 26. before the men's semifinals on the same day and the following day, Wednesday Jan. 27.
The women's doubles final and men's singles final on Jan. 30. The women’s singles final and men’s doubles final are scheduled for Jan. 29.
Have any players tested positive for COVID-19?
Rafael Nadal, winner of one Australian Open and a record-tying 20 total grand slams, tested positive for COVID earlier in December. Now, though, he is doing better and should be ready to suit up in Melbourne come tournament time. The big COVID story entering the tournament was the play status of Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was an early favorite to win the tournament, as he's done a record nine times in his career. However, now that Djokovic is almost guaranteed to miss this year's open, the field is wide open. Following Djokovic on the world ranking is Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who lost to Djokovic in the Australian Open final last year.
ATP men’s rankings ahead of 2022 Australian Open (Top 25):
Player, country (ATP world ranking as of Dec. 31)
- Novak Djokovic, Serbia -- likely disqualified, visa
- Daniil Medvedev, Russia
- Alexander Zverev, Germany
- Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greece
- Andrey Rublev, Russia
- Rafael Nadal, Spain
- Matteo Berrettini, Italy
- Casper Ruud, Norway
- Hubert Hurkacz, Poland
- Jannik Sinner, Italy
- Felix Auger-Aliassimie, Canada
- Cameron Norrie, Great Britain
- Diego Schwartzman, Argentina
- Denis Shapovalov, Canada
- Dominic Thiem, Austria
- Roger Federer, Switzerland – Withdrew
- Cristian Garin, Chile
- Aslan Karatsev, Russia
- Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
- Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain
- Gael Monfils, France
- Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia
- Taylor Fritz, USA
- John Isner, USA
- Daniel Evans, Great Britain
WTA women’s rankings ahead of 2022 Australian Open (Top 25):
Player, country (WTA world ranking as of Dec. 31)
- Ashleigh Barty, Australia
- Aryna Sabalenka, Bulgaria
- Garbine Muguruza, Spain
- Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
- Barbora Krejcikova, Czech Republic
- Maria Sakkari, Greece
- Anett Kontaveit, Estonia
- Paula Badosa, Spain
- Iga Swiatek, Poland
- Ons Jabeur, Tunisia
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
- Sofia Kenin, USA
- Naomi Osaka, Japan
- Elena Rybakina, Kazakhstan
- Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
- Angelique Kerber, Germany
- Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
- Jessica Pegula, USA
- Emma Raducanu, Great Britain
- Simona Halep, Romania
- Elise Mertens, Belgium
- Cori Gauff, USA
- Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
- Leylah Fernandez, Canada
- Jennifer Brady, USA
2022 Australian Open Singles Draws
Australian Open Men's Singles Draws:
The 2021 Australian Open men’s singles draws have not yet been announced. However, when they are made available, you can check them out here.
Australian Open Women's Singles Draws:
The 2021 Australian Open women’s singles draws have not yet been announced. However, when they are made available, you can check them out here.
What is the 2022 Australian Open tournament schedule?
The 2022 Australian Open will have three weeks of on-the-court action. The generic schedule is as follows:
-Sunday, Jan. 16: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
-Monday, Jan. 17: 2:30 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
-Monday, Jan. 17: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
-Tuesday, Jan. 18: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's First Round
-Tuesday, Jan. 18: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
-Wednesday, Jan. 19: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
-Wednesday, Jan. 19: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
-Thursday, Jan. 20: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Second Round
-Thursday, Jan. 20: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
-Friday, Jan, 21: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
-Friday, Jan. 21: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
-Saturday, Jan. 22: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Third Round
-Saturday, Jan. 22: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round
-Sunday, Jan. 23: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round
-Sunday, Jan. 23: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round
-Monday, Jan. 24: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Fourth Round
-Monday, Jan. 24: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
-Tuesday, Jan. 25: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
-Tuesday, Jan. 25: 7:00 p.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
-Wednesday, Jan. 26: 3:00 a.m. ET: Men's and Women's Quarterfinals
-Thursday, Jan. 27: 3:30 a.m. ET: Women’s Semifinals
-Thursday, Jan. 27: 8:00 p.m. ET: Mixed Doubles Final,
-Thursday, Jan 27: not before 10:30 p.m. ET: Men’s Singles Semifinals
-Friday, Jan. 28: 8:00 p.nm ET: Women's Singles Final
-Saturday, Jan. 29: 3:30 a.m. ET: Men's Doubles Final
-Saturday, Jan. 29: 11:00 p.m. ET: Women's Doubles Final
-Sunday, Jan. 30: 3:30 a.m. ET: Men's Singles Final
How to watch the 2022 Australian Open Tournament
The 2022 Australian Open will be broadcast on ESPN and the Tennis Channel. Streaming will also be available on ESPN.com and through the ESPN app.