January 20, 2019

Australian Open 2019 draw: Federer, Nadal, Murray, Konta and Williams – who they will play | Tennis | Sport

The Australian Open draw has set up some intriguing matches for the first round with all of the big hitters present and ready to get underway.

Andy Murray will dominate the headlines throughout his time in the tournament after announcing he is close to retiring from the sport through injury.

He confirmed a painful hip problem is set to curtail his career and while he will take to the court in Melbourne, it could be final tournament.

Murray would like to bow out at Wimbledon in July but is unsure whether he can hold out long enough to compete at the All England Club.

The 31-year-old faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open.

The Spanish star is seed No 22 for the tournament and will provide a stern test for Murray.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all in the Men’s competition while Serena Williams and British star Johanna Konta are among those gunning for glory in the Women’s singles.

Express Sport has rounded up the full Australian Open first round draw with some of the biggest names highlighted.

Australian Open 2019 draw (selected Men’s singles matches)

1-N.Djokovic v Qualifier

Qualifier v 8-K.Nishikori

4-A.Zverev v A.Bedene

N.Kyrgios v 16-M.Raonic

B.Paire v 7-D.Thiem

6-M.Cilic v B.Tomic

22-R.Bautista-Agut v A.Murray

D.Istomin v 3-R.Federer

5-K.Anderson v A.Mannarino

13-K.Edmund v T.Berdych

J.Duckworth v 2-R.Nadal

Australian Open 2019 draw (selected Women’s singles matches)

1-S.Halep v K.Kanepi

V.Williams v 25-M.Buzarnescu

E.Bouchard v S.Peng

T.Maria v 16-S.Williams

Qualifier v 7-Ka.Pliskova

4-N.Osaka v M.Linette

Qualifier v 6-E.Svitolina

8-P.Kvitova v M.Rybarikova

A.Van Uytvanck v 3-C.Wozniacki

5-S.Stephens v T.Townsend

P.Hercog v 2-A.Kerber

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