A new year means new possibilities, but one thing you can be sure of is there’ll be plenty of sport, sport, and more sport. January is one of the best months on the tennis, cricket, and soccer calendars, so crank up the aircon, crack open a cold bevvy, and enjoy the action!
For more than a century, there have been three constants on the Australian sporting calendar: the Australian Open in January, footy finals in September, and the Melbourne Cup in November. This year’s Australian Open is shaping up to be one of the best yet, with Roger Federer to defend his title against a star-studded field including Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. Caroline Wozniacki won last year’s women’s title, and she’ll be competing against all the top players in women’s tennis, including Serena Williams and Simona Halep. The Australian Open takes place January 14-27, following two weeks of warm-up tournaments in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Auckland, Doha, and Shenzhen.
Cricket wise, India’s tour of Australia moves to Sydney on Jan 2-6 for the fourth and final test, followed by a three-match ODI series at the SCG, Adelaide Oval, and MCG from Jan 12-18. The Aussies then welcome a new guest, Sri Lanka, in the first test at The Gabba on January 24. In the domestic leagues, Big Bash League fixtures are planned for almost every night throughout January, in an expanded BBL season that sees all teams play 14 matches plus finals. The Adelaide Strikers host the Hobart Hurricanes in the grand final replay on Jan 21, followed by the return fixture on Jan 31.
The 2019 Asian Cup kicks off in the United Arab Emirates on Jan 5, and the Socceroos are hoping to go all the way to the final on Feb 1 in defence of the title they won on home soil back in 2015. Graham Arnold’s men will have their work cut out for them thousands of kms from home, with South Korea and Japan shaping up as their biggest rivals.
There should be plenty of great Socceraction in Australia and around the globe throughout the month. In the A-League, Melbourne Victory host Sydney FC on Australia Day, and Sydney FC face another big challenge at title favourites Perth Glory on Jan 9. The English Premier League has some huge matches too, with Manchester City to host Liverpool Jan 3 in a match that could decide the title race.
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