January 2019 sports events: Australian Open, Test cricket, transfer deadline day

The first month of the new sporting year kicks off with two major darts tournaments and ends with football’s transfer deadline day.

First up on the oche is the PDC William Hill World Darts Championship final on New Year’s Day, followed by the BDO World Darts Championship, from 5-13 January.

But the biggest sporting event of the month takes place on the other side of the world, as Melbourne hosts the first tennis grand slam of 2019.

Here we round up the key dates for sports fans’ diaries.

January 2019 sports events

William Hill World Darts Championship final
  • When: 1 January
  • Where: Alexandra Palace, London
BDO World Darts Championship
  • When: 5-13 January
  • Where: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey, England
AFC Asian Cup football
  • When: 5 January-1 February
  • Where: United Arab Emirates
Australian Open tennis grand slam
  • When: 14-27 January
  • Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
West Indies vs. England cricket: two-day warm-up matches
  • 15-16 January: WI Board XI vs. England (Three Ws Oval, Barbados)
  • 17-18 January: WI Board XI vs. England (Three Ws Oval, Barbados)
NBA London 2019: Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks
  • When: 17 January
  • Where: The O2, London
West Indies vs. England Test matches
  • 23-27 January: 1st Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados
  • 31 January-4 February: 2nd Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Winter X Games
  • When: 24-27 January
  • Where: Aspen, Colorado, US
2019 Pegasus World Cup
  • What: horse racing meet featuring the $9m (£7m) Pegasus World Cup Invitational
  • When: 26 January
  • Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA
Football transfer deadline day in England
  • When: 11pm on 31 January


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