The first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open 2021, will begin on the hard courts of Melbourne. It will be the 109th edition of the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific.
Known as the ‘happy slam’ the Australian Open 2021 will be held at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. It is played on cushion acrylic hard courts and is organized by Tennis Australia.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Open was delayed. It is yearly played during last weeks of January, but this year it will be held from the 8th of February to the 21st of February.
The Australian Open 2021 is very different because of the coronavirus pandemic. The major change is in the qualifying rounds that will now be played outside Australia. The women’s qualifying event will take place in Doha, Qatar whereas the men’s qualifying event will take place in Dubai, UAE. The Junior Australian Open tournament has been postponed.
Coming to the spectators, the organizers of the Australian Open are confident of holding 50% of the spectator count of the Grand Slam. The 2020 Australian Open had a record spectator count of 812,000 people.
Prior to the Grand Slam, players will be quarantined under strict protocols for 14 days.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in men’s singles. He is the record holder for most Australian Open titles.
American ace Sofia Kenin is the defending champion in women’s singles. She won her first Grand Slam in Melbourne last year.
The duo of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury are the defending men’s doubles champions from 2020. And Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic are the defending women’s doubles champions.
Barbora Krejčíková and Nikola Mektić are the defending mixed doubles champions in the 2021 Australian Open.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic hiccup, the organizers have managed to carry forward the same prize money of $71.5 million from the 2020 edition.
The Australian Open 2021 will begin on 8th February. It will have both day and night sessions. The day sessions will begin at 11 am EST. And the night sessions begin on 7 pm EST.
Africa: bein sports, Eurosport, SuperSport
Central Asia: Eurosport, Sony Six
Middle East: bein sports, Eurosport
Indian Subcontinent: Sony Six
China: CCTV, iQIYI, Guangdong TV, Great Sports Channel (Shanghai), Fox Sports.
Japan: NHK, WOWOW
Southeast Asia: Fox Sports
New Zealand: Sky
Europe (all territories): Eurosport,
Europe (local): SRG SSR, RTVS.SK, ServusTV
Latin America and Caribbean: ESPN International
Canada: TSN, RDS
USA: ESPN, Tennis Channel