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Tuesday’s full schedule at Australian Open 2024, times and who’s on what court

MELBOURNE — It is two years since the Rod Laver crowd have had the pleasure of Carlos Alcaraz’s company in a competitive match and they have been made to wait until the very end of the first round for his return.

But what’s a few days to wait for the hottest property in world tennis?

Alcaraz has already given them a preview of course, playing Casper Ruud and Alex de Minaur in exhibitions during opening week that were his only pre-tournament match practice.

“I prefer to have a holiday, have my days to recover my body, my mind as well,” Alcaraz explained.

“I think I’m a guy who doesn’t need so much competition before a big tournament.”

Time will tell whether he is right, although so far he has not got much wrong in his short professional career.

Even if he is slightly wrong, it seems unlikely that facing Richard Gasquet, expected on court around 9.30am, will find him wanting. Half an Alcaraz is likely to trump the full Gasquet, who is 37 years old and lost in the first round of every single grand slam last year.

Probably a Gasquet in his pomp would have struggled to make much of an impact on Alcaraz, considering his remarkable record of managing just seven wins in his 60 matches against the Big Four.

But the young Spaniard is not one to underestimate anyone: he has never yet lost in the first round of a grand slam, and such is the reigning Wimbledon champion’s talent that it does not feel like tempting fate to point that out.

One to watch

Alcaraz vs Gasquet is probably the best match in the wheelhouse of British audiences, unless you are willing to get up at 4am to watch Jelena “Box Office” Ostapenko take on Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell.

Equally, while beaten finalist last year Elena Rybakina is on at a more charitable 8am, her clash with Karolina Pliskova has the potential to be a rather serve-heavy, humourless affair.

So instead, head over to the Kia Arena for the last match of the day on there, starting any time between 6am and 8am, between Zheng Qinwen and Ashlyn Krueger. The 19-year-old American Krueger is a former Orange Bowl champion (the renowned junior tournament in the USA) and won her first WTA title in Japan back in September, suggesting she is much improved and is subsequently playing her first main draw outside America.

Zheng meanwhile is the Chinese No 1 and trying to break into the top 10 in the world for the first time.

Britwatch

There are too many Brits to count on Tuesday in Melbourne (Only if you can’t count to five… Ed.) and they are scattered all over the schedule.

First up is Cam Norrie, who pulled out of Auckland last week with a wrist injury but says he is going to be fine for his first-round clash with Juan Pablo Varillas at 1am. Norrie beat the Peruvian on clay last year and is heavily favoured on a surface much more to his liking.

Jack Draper, the natural successor to Andy Murray, is next, facing Marcos Giron around 1.30am on Court 8.

Then women’s No 1 Katie Boulter faces a tough opener against Yuan Yue around 3.30am on Court 7, before Dan Evans gets underway against Lorenzo Sonego, hoping his calf muscle is fully healed from the tear that ruled him out of the Davis Cup before Christmas.

And finally, Emma Raducanu will finally make her grand slam comeback, 12 months on from losing to Coco Gauff in the second round here. She is due to face another American, Shelby Rogers, and also a fellow injury sufferer: Rogers has not played since Wimbledon due to abdominal and knee problems. They are due on court around 5.30am.

Tuesday’s order of play

(All times GMT, all courts start at midnight unless otherwise stated, British players in bold)

Rod Laver Arena

Day session from 1am

  • Iga Swiatek vs Sofia Kenin
  • Not before 3am: Holger Rune vs Yoshihito Nishioka

Night session from 8am

  • Elena Rybakina vs Karolina Pliskova
  • Richard Gasquet vs Carlos Alcaraz

Margaret Court Arena

Day session from 1am

  • Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Casper Ruud
  • Camila Giorgi vs Victoria Azarenka

Night session from 8am

  • Alexander Zverev vs Dominik Koepfer
  • Rebecca Marino vs Jessica Pegula

John Cain Arena

  • Sloane Stephens vs Olivia Gadecki
  • Grigor Dimitrov vs Marton Fucsovics
  • Not before 5am: Sebastian Ofner vs Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Not before 8am: Petra Martic vs Ajla Tomljanovic

Kia Arena

  • Peyton Stearns vs Daria Kasatkina
  • Max Purcell vs Mate Valkusz
  • Tommy Paul vs Gregoire Barrere
  • Zheng Qinwen vs Ashlyn Krueger

1573 Arena

  • Cam Norrie vs Juan Pablo Varillas
  • Danielle Collins vs Angelique Kerber
  • Mackenzie McDonald vs Shang Juncheng
  • Emma Raducanu vs Shelby Rogers

Court 3

  • James McCabe vs Alex Michelsen
  • Emma Navarro vs Wang Xiyu
  • Jelena Ostapenko vs Kimberly Birrell
  • Dan Evans vs Lorenzo Sonego

Court 5

  • Dusan Lajovic vs Giulio Zeppieri
  • Women’s doubles
  • Aleksandra Krunic vs Clara Burel
  • Women’s doubles

Court 6

  • Elisabetta Cocciaretto vs Lulu Sun
  • Men’s doubles
  • Alexander Bublik vs Sumit Nagal
  • Women’s doubles

Court 7

  • Roman Safiullin vs Tallon Griekspoor
  • Zhu Lin vs Oceane Dodin
  • Katie Boulter vs Yuan Yue
  • Women’s doubles

Court 8

  • Renata Zarazua vs Martina Trevisan
  • Marcos Giron vs Jack Draper
  • Women’s doubles
  • Women’s doubles

Court 12

  • Arthur Fils vs Jiri Vesely
  • Men’s doubles
  • Women’s doubles
  • Men’s doubles

Court 13

  • Bernabe Zapata Miralles vs Jiri Lehecka
  • Kwon Soonwoo vs Lukas Klein
  • Wang Yafan vs Sorana Cirstea
  • Men’s doubles

Court 17

  • Laslo Djere vs Arthur Cazaux
  • Green Minnen vs Clara Tauson
  • Cristina Bucsa vs Anna Blinkova
  • Men’s doubles

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