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Julia Stone.

The countdown is on until the familiar thwacking of tennis balls echoes through the streets of Melbourne, but the sport's elite aren't the only ones warming up.

While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray limber up for next week's Australian Open, the finishing touches are being put on preparations for the event's off-court drawcard - the entertainment line-up on Grand Slam Oval.

The Rubens will kick things off on January 14, fresh from a jam-packed 2012 that included a national tour and supporting musical idols The Black Keys in New Zealand.

Into the second week of play, veterans Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite will serve up hits for the more mature members of the crowd, while folk songstress Julia Stone has centre stage on Australia Day.

Familiar faces from The Voice including retro crooner Darren Percival and soul divas Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens also scored musical wildcards to perform.

And although rock trio Wolfmother are set to hit the stage on men's final night, it's racquets, not guitars, that are more likely to be smashed in a frenzy.

This year is the fourth time Tennis Australia has partnered with Nova FM to provide onsite entertainment for crowds.

Melbourne General Manager for Nova FM Helen Davies says the musical accompaniment to the on-court entertainment has become a huge attraction for tennis fans and local artists alike.

"A lot of artists want to be a part of it because it's got such a great reputation," Davies says.

"It's getting a reputation of its own for something approaching a festival."

Purists of the game needn't worry about Wolfmother's electric guitar riffs drifting courtside and interrupting play, because performances are precisely timed so as not to muffle any important line calls.

  • The Australian Open 2013 will be held from January 14-27, with the following entertainers:

January 14 - The Rubens

January 15 - Paul Dempsey

January 16 - Darren Percival

January 17 - Prinnie and Mahalia

January 18 - Evermore

January 19 - DJ Jody McLeod supporting a secret act

January 20 - Jon Stevens

January 21 - Mark Seymour

January 22 - Rewind 80s

January 23 - Jason Singh and Band

January 24 - Bluejuice

January 25 - Daryl Braithwaite

January 26 - Julia Stone

January 27 - Wolfmother