It may be the start of a new decade, but it doesn’t quite feel like it in the world of tennis.

We head into the first Grand Slam event of the ‘20s with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams – both seven-time Australian Open winners – as favourites. Just like we did last year.

The question is whether now is the time for change. But we’re looking for different types of change on each side of the draw.

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For the men, it’s the ever-present question of When Will The Kids Arrive? It’s starting to get a little bit like Milhouse asking when Itchy and Scratchy are going to get to the fireworks factory.

Of course, fans always enjoy when it’s some combination of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Djokovic in the final of a Slam, but the longer they hang on, the harder it’s going to get for tennis to recover when they retire.

Novak Djokovic is favoured to win his eighth Australian Open. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Remarkably the last 12 Grand Slams have been won by one of the big three, the second-longest streak they’ve put together. The longest streak was 18, between the 2005 French Open and Wimbledon 2009 – it’s ridiculous that the two streaks have happened a decade apart.

It feels like the kids are getting closer. Dominic Thiem took a set off Nadal in the French Open final, and Daniil Medvedev took the Spaniard to a fifth in the US Open decider.

Since 13 of the last 14 Australian Opens have been won by either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic (Stan Wawrinka’s 2014 triumph being the exception), it’s hard to say this will be the time another man breaks through. But we’ll probably never expect it until it happens.

On the women’s side, Serena may be the favourite – and there would be some romanticism in her catching Margaret Court in Court’s home country – but at Melbourne Park there has been a veritable rollercoaster of results.

Six different women have won the last seven Australian Opens, with Williams the only player to repeat (2015 and 2017, the latter while pregnant), and 11 different players have made the final in that time (Williams with three appearances, Li Na making it in both 2013 and 2014).

Naomi Osaka made it six different women’s winners in seven years. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

So while Serena has dominated women’s tennis for the last decade, what we’ve seen in Melbourne is to expect the unexpected.

And of course for the hometown fans, there’s one predominant storyline to track; whether world No.1 Ash Barty can break the 42-year drought for a local winning the singles title at this event.

With that all said, here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Australian Open.

WHEN IS THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?

The 2020 Australian Open is being held a little bit later this year – from January 20 to February 2.

The exact order of play for each day will be announced in the afternoon of the previous day.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Singles draws will be split into halves, and after the draws are revealed on Thursday January 16, we’ll know which halves will be playing on which days (ie one half plays on Monday of Week 1, the other plays on Tuesday, and they continue to alternate).

HOW CAN I WATCH THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?

The 2020 Australian Open is being broadcast on Nine. All times in this section are EDT.

Until the semi-finals, the main Nine channel will broadcast play from 10am to 6pm, with a break from 6-7pm for local news (the broadcast will move to 9Go during this period), then returning to Nine until the end of play.

A secondary broadcast of other matches will be shown on 9Gem.

In the final days of the tournament, broadcasts will begin in the afternoon due to later start times. Check your local listings for more details.

A ball. (AAP Image/James Gourley)

WHAT IS THE PRIZE MONEY FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?

The total prize money for the 2020 Australian Open is $71 million, up 13.6 per cent on last year.

For the Men’s and Women’s Singles, the prize money is:

Winner – $4,120,000

Runner-up – $2,065,000

Semi-final – $1,040,000

Quarter-final – $525,000

Round 4 – $300,000

Round 3 – $180,000

Round 2 – $128,000

Round 1 – $90,000