Tape up the racquets and break out the balls, because the 2013 Australian Open is set to begin.
The year's first Grand Slam will tip off from Melbourne Park in Victoria, Australia this January. A two-week-long event, the Aussie Open will feature some of the world's best players, epic matchups and plenty of memorable moments.
2012 winners Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka will look to repeat in 2013, but a handful of past champions including Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will also have their sights set on the prize.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know to catch all the action live online.
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When: Monday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
Live Streaming: Australian Open TV
The 2013 Australian Open will once again take place in Melbourne Park, in Victoria, Australia. The time in Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of ET.
The matches are scheduled to begin around 11 a.m. local time up until the final weekend of play, meaning that viewers on the East Coast of the United States will have to tune in around 7 p.m. the day before in order to catch the action as it unfolds.
Will Nole Make It Three in a Row?
Novak Djokovic enters Australia as the man to beat in the men's draw. Having won the last two Slams down under (including an unforgettable five-set win over Rafael Nadal last year), Nole can become the first man in the Open era to win three straight Aussie Open titles.
Australia's Roy Emerson was the last to win three consecutive in 1965.
Djokovic enters the year's first Grand Slam as the No. 1 seed, and the No. 1 men's player on the planet after finishing 2012 in dominant fashion. Clearly he and his team are ready to conquer Melbourne one more time:
Only two days until the start of Australian Open '13! The excitement is growing. Djoker team is ready! How about you? … say.ly/vRe4WAI— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 12, 2013
Four-time Aussie Open winner Roger Federer and 2012 U.S. Open champ Andy Murray promise to be Djokovic's top challengers this year.
Serena Flying Under the Radar?
Serena Williams has won the last two Grand Slam tournaments on the women's side and 35 of her last 36 singles matches overall, but enters the Aussie Open as the No. 3 seed in the women's draw, ranked beneath Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova (her two biggest threats to the crown).
Although she turned 31 last September, Williams is without a doubt still on a mission to return to world No. 1. A five-time Australian Open champion, she has already won more titles down under than any other female player in the Open era.
After bowing out in the fourth round last January, and missing the tournament altogether in 2011, expect Williams to be at her very best over the next two weeks, smashing serves and leaving a trail of opponents in her dust.
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