Australian Open

History

The Australian Open is the youngest of all the Grand Slams, having first started in 1905. The tournament holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event.

This was set at the 2018 edition of the Australian Open where 743,667 people attended the tournament. It also has the honour of being the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat.

There are three main courts, the Rod Laver Arena, the Melbourne Arena and the Margaret Court Arena. Aside from that, they have courts 7 to 15 and even court 19 and 20. The tournament first became open to all from 1969 onwards, a year after the remaining 3 did so.

Records

Novak Djokovic is the most successful player of the Australian Open in the Open era. The Serbian star has clinched seven Australian Open titles.

In the women’s side of the game, Serena Williams is the most successful player with 7 titles to her credit. Again, this has been set in the Open era. Overall, Williams is still four behind tennis legend Margaret Court.

The youngest winner in the men’s singles game was Australian player Ken Rosewall. Meanwhile, in the women’s side, it was Martina Hingis. The players were 18 years, 2 months and 16 years, 4 months old respectively.

With regard to the oldest players, Rosewall bagged this crown as well, aged 37 years and 2 months. However, If Roger Federer wins the Australian Open, he could overtake Rosewall. In the women’s side of the game, Thelma Long was the oldest winner, at 35 years and 8 months.

Edition 108th
Open Era (52nd)
Current Prize Money $4.5 million (men’s and women’s champion)
Number of Entries (Main Draw) 128
Current Champions Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic

Women’s Singles – Naomi Osaka

Men’s Doubles – Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut

Women’s Doubles – Samantha Stosur/Zhang Shuai

Mixed Doubles – Barbora Krejčíková/Rajeev Ram

Most Titles Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic (7)

Women’s Singles – Margaret Court (11)

Men’s Doubles – Adrian Quist (10)

Women’s Doubles – Thelma Coyne Long (12)

Mixed Doubles – Harry Hopman, Colin Long, Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Nell Hall Hopman, Nancye Wynne Bolton, Thelma Coyne Long (4)