Live coverage of 2018 Australian Open men’s and women’s singles draw, start time, how to watch

AUSTRALIAN Open big guns local hopefuls will learn their fate when the men’s and singles draw is conducted on Thursday night (AEDT).

Usually held on the Friday morning, the revamped draw ceremony is being held as part of a new-look build-up to the season’s first grand slam.

Superstars Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will feature in the ceremony at Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena.

Australia will have three seeded players: Nick Kyrgios in the men’s and Ash Barty and Daria Gavrilova in the women’s draw. Kyrgios is likely to be 17th but could be bumped up into an all-important top 16 seeding if a higher-ranked player withdraws with injury.

Rafael Nadal and Federer are the men’s No.1 and 2 respectively, raising the possibility of them meeting in a dream final for the second successive year. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is a dangeous proposition for the rest of the draw as 14th seed as he continues his return from injury.

The draw ceremony begins at 7pm AEDT will be broadcast live by Channel 7 and live streamed on the official Australian Open site. Follow all the action in the live blog below

Confirmed seedings

Men: 1. Rafael Nadal, 2. Roger Federer, 3. Grigor Dimitrov, 4. Alexander Zverev, 5. Dominic Thiem, 6. Marin Čilić, 7. David Goffin, 8. Jack Sock, 9. Stan Wawrinka, 10. Pablo Carreño Busta, 11. Kevin Anderson, 12. Juan Martín del Potro, 13. Sam Querrey, 14. Novak Djokovic, 15. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 16. John Isner, 17. Nick Kyrgios, 18. Lucas Pouille, 19. Tomáš Berdych, 20. Roberto Bautista Agut, 21. Albert Ramos Viñolas, 22. Milos Raonic, 23. Gilles Müller, 24. Diego Schwartzman, 25. Fabio Fognini, 26. Adrian Mannarino, 27. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 28. Damir Džumhur, 29. Richard Gasquet, 30. Andrey Rublev, 31. Pablo Cuevas, 32. Mischa Zverev

Women: 1. Simona Halep, 2. Caroline Wozniacki, 3. Garbiñe Muguruza, 4. Elina Svitolina, 5. Venus Williams, 6. Karolína Plíšková, 7. Jeļena Ostapenko, 8. Caroline Garcia, 9. Johanna Konta, 10. CoCo Vandeweghe, 11. Kristina Mladenovic, 12. Julia Georges, 13. Sloane Stephens, 14. Anastasija Sevastova, 15. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 16. Elena Vesnina, 17. Madison Keys, 18. Ashleigh Barty, 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková, 20. Barbora Strýcová, 21. Angelique Kerber, 22. Daria Kasatkina, 23. Daria Gavrilova, 24. Dominika Cibulková, 25. Peng Shuai, 26. Agnieszka Radwańska, 27. Petra Kvitová, 28. Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, 29. Lucie Šafářová, 30. Kiki Bertens, 31. Ekaterina Makarova, 32. Anett Kontaveit

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