The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The other Grand Slams are the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open Tennis. Until 1968, the Australian Open was called the Australian Championships, and was an amateur event until the era of “open” tournaments began that year. The tournament was first played in 1905 as the Australian Championships, then as the Australian Championships in 1927, becoming the Australian Open in 1968. The tournament has moved a few times to different cities in Australia and has even been played in New Zealand 3 times.
The Australian Open is a unique tennis experience for fans to watch their tennis heroes brave the Australian summer and see how players play on the Rebound Ace court surface. Each of the majors highlights different skill sets of the players due to the fact that none share the same surface. There are plans in the works to replace the Rebound Ace surface at the Australian Open with a new surface less likely to cause injury or lead to unpredictable ball behavior from the intense heat often seen in Australia in January. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Australian Open tennis tickets.
2014 Australian Open Preview
The 2014 Australian Open is taking place from January 13 to January 26 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. All of the best tennis players in the world will be playing in this tournament, and it’s the first major tournament of the 2014 tennis season. In order to get off to a good start in the ATP point race before the summer, a good finish in the Australian Open is vital.
The 101st edition of the Australian Open took place from January 14 to January 27, 2013. Novak Djokovic won on the men’s side, beating Andy Murray 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic had to beat Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer leading up to the final, while Murray took out defending champion Roger Federer in the semi-final. On the women’s side, Victoria Azarenka successfully defended her title, beating Li Na 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Azarenka beat American Sloane Stephens in the semi-final. The Bryan brothers won the men’s doubles title.
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Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena Address: Batman Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The Australian Open is held at Melbourne Park sports arena in Melbourne. The most well-known venue at the park is the center court or Rod Laver Arena, which holds 15,000 spectators and has a unique retractable roof. Hisense Arena is slightly smaller but also features a retractable roof. A visit to the land down under and some of the finest tennis played anywhere in the world make this an experience every tennis fan should have.
2014 Australian Open Schedule
- Monday, January 13 - Men's and Women's First Round
- Tuesday, January 14 - Men's and Women's First Round
- Wednesday, January 15 - Men's and Women's Second Round
- Thursday, January 16 - Men's and Women's Second Round
- Friday, January 17 - Men's and Women's Third Round
- Saturday, January 18 - Men's and Women's Third Round
- Sunday, January 19 - Men's and Women's Fourth Round
- Monday, January 20 - Men's and Women's Fourth Round
- Tuesday, January 21 - Men's and Women's Singles Quarterfinals
- Wednesday, January 22 - Men's and Women's Singles Quarterfinals
- Thursday, January 23 - Men's and Women's Singles Semifinals
- Friday, January 24 - Men's Singles Semifinals
- Saturday, January 25 - Women's Singles Finals, Men's and Women's Doubles Finals
- Sunday, January 26 - Men's Singles Finals, Mixed Doubles Finals
Australian Open Event Guide
What can I not bring into the Australian Open?
No alcohol, cans, glass, large containers, chairs or camera tripods are allowed inside the grounds. Containers smaller than 1.5 liters are allowed.
What are the best hotels to stay at around Melbourne Park?
The venue is accessible via train for the entire city, but if you prefer to stay close, check out the Hilton on the Park, Adelphi Hotel, Sofitel Melbourne or Hotel Lindrum. They are all very nice and near the venue.
Where can I find the 2015 Australian Open schedule?
The 2015 Australian Open schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the tournament. TicketCity has the complete schedule listed above for this year’s tournament, down to the times for both the day and night sessions. The times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather in Melbourne. All times listed are local to Melbourne, and the gates will open at approximately one hour before the first match for each session. The Australian Open welcomes folks to a relaxing (and hot!) atmosphere from January 19-Feb 1.
What is the draw for the Australian Open tennis tournament?
There are 64 entrants in both the men’s and women’s singles draws, while there are 32 doubles teams in each of the men’s and women’s draws.
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A truly unique experience The atmosphere of the Australian Open is truly unique. The anticipation, thrill and excitement of a match is felt by everyone from tennis lovers to casual fans. Being able to see the best tennis players in the world up-close was a highlight for me and one I highly recommend! November 19, 2011
once in a lifetime experience with badings... its pretty lovely to witness Australian Open 2012 one more time... September 10, 2011