Australian Open 2016: Andy Murray to face Zverev in opener


British number one Andy Murray will face German teenager Alexander Zverev in the first round of the Australian Open, which begins on 18 January.

The Scot aims to win his first title in Melbourne, having lost in four finals, including last year to Novak Djokovic.

World number one Djokovic starts against South Korea’s Hyeon Chung.

Women’s champion Serena Williams has a tough draw, starting with Italy’s Camila Giorgi, the highest-ranked unseeded player.

What about the other Brits?

Four other Britons are in round one of the men’s and women’s singles:

  • Johanna Konta v Venus Williams (US)
  • Heather Watson v Timea Babos (Hungary)
  • Aljaz Bedene v Steve Johnson (US)
  • Kyle Edmund v Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

They could be joined by Dan Evans, who is playing American Bjorn Fratangelo in the final round of qualifying.

Who is Murray’s opponent?

Murray comfortably beat Zverev, an 18-year-old from Hamburg, in the Hopman Cup last week.

Zverev is 6ft 6in tall, ranked 83rd in the world and is widely considered one of the game’s rising stars.

Last year, he beat world number 12 Kevin Anderson in Washington, the destructive South African who knocked Murray out of the US Open.

Zverev has never been past the second round of a Grand Slam.