The first Grand Slam of the year kicks off today in Australia. The top ten seeds for men will be dominating the tournament except for Richard Gasquet who is suffering from back injury. The women’s seeds so far show no concern, despite two or three top seeds dropping down from some of the tournaments prior to Australian Open.

Day 1 will see some big matches. World number 1s and the reigning champions, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams will start off the day at Rod Laver Arena. Meanwhile, the Grand Slam boss, Roger Federer takes on the night shift, along with Australian woman, Samantha Stosur follows him up. Another Aussie hero, Nick Kyrgios will play against unseeded Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain at 7 pm.

Also among the important names are Petra Kvitova, Tomas Berdych, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, and Kei Nishigori.

The match to look out for today is between Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis, who may not be seeded, is well-known for his big hits. Another match to see is between Daniela Hantuchova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The road to the second round will be fairly easy for the top ranks. Djokovic plays off Hyeon Chung from Korea, and Serena Williams plays Camila Giorgi of Italy. Roger faces Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. Samantha Stosur will play Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic.

The all time Aussie favourite and the local hero, Llyeton Hewitt will play his final Australian Open this year. In the meantime, men’s world number 2, Andy Murray finds an easy draw this year. But, a major factor stands his way. His wife may go into labour anytime soon. If that happens, Murray will fly off to be with his wife. After all, becoming dad for the first time!

The excitement begins as we step into Australian Open 2016. All eyes are now in Melbourne Park. Keep following us here for the latest updates.