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

The most successful players in the Open era of the Australian Open have been Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The Serbian star and the Swiss ace are both tied on six Australian Opens each. Federer has won the last one in 2018 and even Djokovic is on a roll. So the battle is on to see who can reach number 7 first.

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, he could overtake Rosewall. In the women’s side of the game, Thelma Long was the oldest winner, at 35 years and 8 months.

Current Prize Money $4.5 million (men and women)
Number of Entries (Main Draw) 128
Number of Entries (Qualifying) 16
Number of Seeds 32
Court Type Hard