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.
2017 Australian Open Preview
The 2016 Australian Open will be contested from January 19th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian open will be the 1st major of the year and is one of the toughest tournaments on the ATP Circuit. Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic will be looking for his 5th Australian Open title in the last 6 years, and will be the heavy favorite on the men's side of the bracket. Other contenders for the 2016 Australian Open men's crown will be Roger Federer, a resurgent Rafael Nadal, and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka. On the women's side Serena Williams will be playing for a 7th Australian Open title, while her sister Venus, has returned to championship form, and will look to win her first major since 2008. The 2016 Australian Open will be feature a packed bracket on both sides, and will be on of the tennis events of the year.
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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.
2017 Australian Open Schedule
The 2015 Australian Open Tennis schedule will be posted as soon as it is released by the tournament.
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 2017 Australian Open schedule?
The 2016 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 11-31.
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.