January watched the tennis season come alive on Melbourne Park hard court. The first Grand Slam in 2019 featured Novak Djokovic, the world number one who was eyeing a third consecutive title, and the seventh Australian Open. He faces stiff resistance from defending champion Roger Federer, while Rafa Nadal aims for his first victory Down Under since 2009. Andy Murray hopes to go further when he increases his return from injury, while controversial favorite host Nick Kyrgios is bound to attract attention – either or bad.
On the women's side, all eyes were on Serena Williams when she was aiming for number 24 Grand Slam. Among those who wanted to stop Serena's attack: world number one Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open champion Naomi Osaka.