Australian Open

Australian Open: Latest News, Results and Records

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, where 743,667 people attended during the 2018 edition of the Australian Open. It also has the honor 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 eight Australian Open titles.

In the women’s side of the game, Serena Williams is the most successful player with seven titles to her credit. Again, this was 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, on 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 at the 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.

Australian Open 2021 Plans

The two Grand Slams held after the Australian Open 2020 saw major changes than usual. The US Open 2020 and French Open 2020 were held inside a bio-secure bubble on account of the complications arising due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The US Open 2020 was held behind closed doors, while the French Open 2020 saw just 1000 spectators allowed inside the Roland Garros fields.

Australian Open organizers are planning to allow 50 percent of the seats to be filled by fans. This is subject to government clearance. They also plan on introducing relaxations on a lot of the quarantine restrictions the players had in Paris and New York.

While the 14-day quarantine will be there on arrival at Melbourne Park, there is expected to be some freedom for players and their team members.

Australian Open 2021 is expected to be held from January 18-31, 2021.

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 – Sofia Kenin

Men’s Doubles – Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury

Women’s Doubles – Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic

Mixed Doubles – Barbora Krejčíková/Nikola Mektic

Most Titles Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic (8)

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)

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Andy Murray

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Roger Federer

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Wang Qiang

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Serena Williams

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Maria Sharapova

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