When is the Australian Open 2018 draw? Start time, seeds and more The men’s draw will be without two of the game’s leading names with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori both pulling out last week. Click To Tweet
Organisers had feared that they might be joined by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka with all three yet to play a competitive match in 2018.
However, none of them has withdrawn at this stage although Wawrinka remains the most likely after pulling out of an exhibition earlier today with a shoulder problem.
Meanwhile the major absence from the women’s draw is Serena Williams, who deemed four months not long enough to return to the top of her game after becoming a mother for the first time.
When is the Australian Open 2018 draw? Normally, the draw would take place on the before the tournament. A new tennis season starts Jan 15 with the 2018 Australian Open in Melbourne.
However, tournament organisers have brought it forward by 24 hours and will hold it on Thursday night in Melbourne.
Because of the time difference, proceedings will get underway at 8am UK time with Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova just two of the stars expected to be present.
Australian Open 2018 seeds – men’s singles
Pablo Carreno Busta, Jan. 11.
Juan Martin del Potro, 13.
Roberto Bautista Agut, 21.
Albert Ramos Vinolas, 22.
Australian Open 2018 seeds – women’s singles