Australian Open 2024 live Day 1 results

Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the opening day of the 2024 Australian Open.

For the first time the tournament will be spread across three weekends with reactions to the scheduling shake-up being mixed.

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Twenty one Australians feature in the men’s and women’s singles draws — bit it is no secret the nation’s hopes rest on Alex de Minaur.

The top attraction on the opening day of action is Novak Djokovic’s first round match against Dino Prizmic where the World No. 1 starts his campaign for a bonkers 11th Australian Open.

Australian Open Day 1 schedule

Rod Laver Arena from 12pm (AEDT)

Jannik Sinner (ITA) [4] vs. Botic Van de Zandschulp, (NED)

Maria Sakkari (GRE) [8] vs. Nao Hibino (JPN)

From 7pm

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs. Dino Prizmic (CRO)

Ella Seidel (GER) vs. Aryna Sabalenka [2]

Margaret Court Arena from 12pm

Mai Hontama (JPN) vs. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) [9]

Thiago Seyboth Wild (BRA) vs. Andrey Rublev [5]

From 7pm

Magda Linette (POL) [20] vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

Frances Tiafoe (USA) [17] vs. Borna Coric (CRO)

John Cain Arena from 11am

Leylah Fernandez (CAN) [32] vs. Sara Bejlek(CZE)

Dane Sweeny (AUS) vs. Francisco Cerundolo (ARG) [22]

From 4pm

Taylor Fritz (USA) [12] vs. Facundo Diaz Acosta (ARG)

9am — Djokovic takes savage swipe on opening day

Novak Djokovic has taken a rare public swipe at a rival star in a shock move during his Australian Open media day commitments on Saturday.

The world No. 1 didn’t have much to say when he faced the press in Melbourne – but he came out blasting in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe.

As reported by French journalist Quentin Moynet on Sunday morning, Djokovic has fired shots at American rising star Ben Shelton after the pair had a run-in at the US Open last year.

The Serbian superstar mocked Shelton by imitating his trademark “phone call” gesture.

Shelton’s signature celebration, which he has said he’s used to indicate he’s “dialled in”, irked the usually composed Djokovic, who mimed a phone being put down after his straight sets win.

The pair had an awkward handshake at the end of the mach.

Now Djokovic has admitted Shelton’s act still gets to him.

“It was a reaction against him, he did not behave properly, with respect, on court, and before the match,” he said.

“If anyone one places himself in the unsportsmanlike zone, I react.”

World number one Djokovic is gunning for his 11th Australian Open title and 25th major, which would take him clear of Margaret Court on the all-time list.

The 36-year-old, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in last year’s title match in Melbourne, is the hot favourite again.

“I’m just hoping I can start the season in a way that I have been starting my seasons, most of my seasons, throughout my career, with a win here in Australia, in Melbourne,” he said.

“It’s my favourite place, no doubt — the court where I’ve done great things and achieved my greatest Grand Slam results.”

Star blasts back into Top 10 for first time in six years

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and young Czech Jiri Lehecka completed the perfect build-up to the Australian Open on Saturday by claiming the Adelaide International titles.

Big-hitting Lehecka bounced back from losing the first set to beat Briton Jack Draper and claim a maiden ATP Tour crown 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Sixth seed Ostapenko surged back into the world’s top 10 for the first time since 2018 by beating Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 for a seventh WTA Tour title.

She won the first set and broke to start the second but had trouble closing out victory, taking four match points to get the job done in 76 minutes.

“This is great, I had some really tough matches this week,” said former French Open champion Ostapenko after collecting her first title since Dubai in 2022.

“I enjoyed every moment of playing here. I can’t wait to come back, it’s so nice to be in Australia.” Britain’s Draper started well but his level began to suffer as Lehecka took charge in a championship match lasting 2hr 8mins.

“It’s so emotional to win my first title here,” Lehecka said after a battle of the 22-year-olds. “I’m super excited.

“It feels amazing, it’s a dream come true for me. I always wanted to win a trophy, so it’s even better that I won it here in Adelaide.

“I’m happy for the win. This is a great way to start the year.” Lehecka will rise three spots to a career-high 23 in the world on Monday, with the victory making him the first Czech to claim an ATP title since Jiri Vesely in Pune in 2020.

“This is what I train for,” Draper said.

“Jiri played incredible tennis and won his first title, the same thing I was trying for.

“He deserved it, he was the better player today. This is my second year here and I went one farther than my semi-final last year.”

Djoker reveals bizarre Open ritual

Novak Djokovic’s hunger for grand slam titles remains unsated with the Serbian champion vowing to continue his record-breaking streak at the Australian Open over the next fortnight.

The 36-year-old, who declared he was feeling no pain in the wrist that caused him some issues during the United Cup in Perth, returns to Melbourne after a phenomenal 2023.

Djokovic is already the most successful man in history and will surpass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles titles if he continues his winning streak at Melbourne Park.

“It’s no secret that I verbalise my goals and I say clearly that I want to win every grand slam that I participate and play in. It is no different this year,” he said.

“I’m just hoping I can start the season in a way that I have been starting my seasons, most of my seasons, throughout my career: with a win here in Australia, in Melbourne.

“(It is) my favourite place, no doubt. (It is) the court where I’ve done great things and achieved my greatest grand slam results.”

The secret of his success, he said, is partly due to his determination to be as grounded as he can be.

A nature lover, Djokovic will pursue his regular hobbies while in Melbourne.

“I do, obviously, like to visit certain places that have brought me luck and make me feel good,” he said.

“For example, the Botanical Gardens are just nearby. It’s a wonderful park where I like to spend time and just be by myself in nature, just grounding, hugging trees, climbing trees and stuff. I love to do that. I’ve done that for (the) last 15 years.

“Whether that’s the secret of success here in Australia or not, I don’t know, but it has definitely made me feel good. I like to obviously have a walk by the beach or jog if I can do that.

“Obviously during the grand slams you have lots of challenges, mental, physical, emotional. There’s a lot of activities happening, even on the days when you don’t have matches. It’s good to have places where you can just rewind, relax, rejuvenate and kind of gather all the necessary energy for the next day.”

— with AFP

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