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First Grand Slam Of The Calendar Year
The Australian Open is one of the premier events in sport. The event is held every year in Melbourne, Australia during the last two weeks of January.
The Australian Open is one of the premier events in sport. It is also the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar year.
The event is held every year in Melbourne, Australia during the last two weeks of January, 14-27.
It features singles and doubles tournaments for men and women as well as tournaments for wheelchair, legends, and exhibition participants.
The Australian Open is the first opportunity of the new season to see all the top players and young players in action and thus draws big crowds.
The prize money in 2019 was at a record high for the men’s and women’s singles at $60.5 million (Australian Dollar).
Since the prize money in 2018 was $50 million, we might see it increase to $73.2 million (Australian Dollar) in 2020.
In line with the other three Grand Slam tournaments, there is equal prize money for the men’s and women’s events
and the winner of each will receive $4.5 million.
The runners-up in the tournament are also well rewarded for their efforts. They will walk away with $2.6 million for reaching the final.
The players who qualified for the first round but go no further will leave with $55,000 as a consolation prize. This makes the total prize fund $60.5m.
The 2020 Australian Open will be the second most lucrative Grand Slam for players after the 2017 US Open. The prize money at the Australian Open is expected to go up for each of the next five years.
Despite the increase in prize money, ticket prices remain reasonable and accessible for tennis fans.
For example, take a look at a ticket in Category 4 for a day session in the first week.
At the Rod Laver Arena the tickets prices are only $79 and this increases to $86 for the evening session. Category 1 tickets range from $225 to $240 for the day and evening session respectively.
The Margaret Court Arena offers even better value. You can watch the world’s top players in action for as little as $61 in the evening and $76 for the day session.
Ground Passes start at $54 for adults and just $5 for children up to 14 years old.
Moving into the second week of the Australian Open and ticket prices start to drop even lower for a Ground Pass as the number of matches becomes fewer.
As we get to the business end of the tournament, the Rod Laver Arena becomes the focus of attention.
Prices steadily increases towards the finals, starting at $166 for the women’s singles final and $332 for the men’s singles final.
Tickets are always available throughout the tournament. The Australian Open is the first opportunity of the new season to see both the top players and young players in action and thus draws big crowds.
The 2018 Australian Open ended with the greatest player in the history of men’s tennis lifting the singles title and the 20th Grand Slam title of his career. The question is, will Roger Federer be back in Melbourne in 2019 to defend his title?
The other contenders in the men’s singles draw will be hoping he decides to call it a day. On the other hand fans will want to see the Swiss return and produce more of the fantastic tennis he has played over the past two years.
It appears everyone has been discussing Federer’s age for a long time. He has remained at the top of men’s tennis. He clearly has a regime in place which is allowing him to play at the top-level despite being closer to 40 years of age than 30. Maybe this is something other players in the draw need to think about.
Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori were forced to withdraw before the 2018 tournament. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were not at 100% with the latterly withdrawing from his match. These players will be looking at their preparation prior to the 2019 Australian Open to ensure they are at the peak of their powers.
If they are not, we could be looking at another procession for the ageless Federer, not that anybody will be complaining if he can maintain his phenomenal standard of play.
Serena Williams missed the 2018 Australian Open due to the birth of her child, but will be back in 2019 and will put the rest of the women’s draw on red alert.
Seeing Caroline Wozniacki win her first Grand Slam title in a tremendous 2018 final was a lovely moment. The match itself was fantastic and arguably the women’s draw produced the better tennis over the two weeks. Even Williams herself, who is a close friend of Wozniacki, could not watch as she admitted to switching the match off due to nerves.
However, make no mistake, despite Williams’ friendship with Wozniacki, the American great will be back to try and win her 8th Australian Open title. She will not only have to battle against Wozniacki but also Simona Halep. The Romanian was involved is some of the best matches of 2018. She will be coming back with a burning desire to go one better in 2019.
Will the 2019 Australian Open be the time for Federer and Williams to win one more title before heading off into the sunset? If you are considering a little flutter on the tournament, backing the pair in a double win bet could be a wise choice.
The 2019 Australian Open will also see plenty of emotion if Roger Federer can return and win his seventh title. This would see the Swiss move above Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson for the most Australian Open men’s singles titles.
The same applies for Serena Williams, who is in line to make a stunning return to action during the 2018 season. She will be ready to mount a serious challenge at the 2019 Australia Open. Book your stay now and make sure you don’t miss it.
The Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne Park, downtown Melbourne, Australia, features three primary courts, most notable of which is Rod Laver Arena, named after arguably the best Australian tennis player in history.
The arena was built between: 1985-1987 with at a cost of $94 million ($230 million in 2016 dollars). It is most remarkable for its retractable roof and it’s 15,000-person capacity.
In addition to the tennis, Melbourne offers a host of other attractions for visitors to enjoy.
Federation Square is a great place to start, as this area is home to many events throughout the month of January.
There are also great bars, cafes and restaurants in the square, so you are never far away from some refreshment when you need it.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Federation Square, you will find the Royal Botanic Gardens. Explore the beautiful plants and landscapes in your own time, as you stroll around the peaceful park.
To see these great sights and everything else Melbourne offers, one would of course want to stay as close to the city centre as possible.
Some of the best places to stay are short stay apartments, easily available from Booking.com. These are great for individuals, couples and larger groups, as rooms come in various sizes.
If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, Melbourne has several international hotel names to choose from, in addition to boutique hotels.
The Crowne Plaza is a fine example of a top international hotel
For those operating on a smaller budget, the Oaks on Market is very competitively priced and comes with great reviews.
If you enjoy staying with and meeting fellow travellers, you will not go wrong with United Backpackers, which is located just 5 minutes away from the Rod Laver Arena via tram.
Having taken in the sights and watched some great tennis, you will be feeling hungry and Melbourne has some great treats for you.
If it’s a quick snack you are looking for, why not head to All Day Doughnuts for a sweet treat or if you are hungry in the morning, the Breakfast Salad at Patch is both healthy and delicious.
For something more substantial, Ike’s Rack Shack has a fantastic selection of ribs and the choice of craft ales is also excellent.
For an award-winning meal in Melbourne that doesn’t break the bank, head to Embla for a fantastic casual dining experience
If it’s the ultimate dining experience you are looking for, head to Vue de Monde on Collins Street. Here you can enjoy four and ten course tasting menus prepared by leading chef, Shannon Bennett, in a recently renovated dining room located high above the city.
Having booked your accommodation, you must consider how you will get to the event On arrival to Melbourne. The best ways to travel to Melbourne Park are by foot, bike, tram, or taxi.
First you have to get Melbourne and the fastest way is by taking a flight to Melbourne Airport. From the airport you can take the Skybus services costing 18$ one way, also the Victoria public transport is another option which is also the cheapest one. You can also rent a car and get a taxi from the airport.
If you like to walk, there is a beautiful path that runs parallel to the Yarra River which takes you from Federation Square to Melbourne Park or you can walk along Flinders Street from the nearby Flinders Street station in a little over 15 minutes.
If you are too far away to walk, biking is your next best option, as there is a bike share system in Melbourne with a drop off point right next to Rod Laver Arena.
Both walking and biking are unquestionably the best ways to see the city as you travel. But you naturally want to be as close to Melbourne Park as possible and the closest places fill up quickly.
If you’d rather not walk or bike, there is a tram (Number 70) that stops at Rod Laver Arena and the city of Melbourne adds extra trams running from this stop to downtown during the Open to help deal with the increased traffic flow.
Also, if you have a ticket to the Open you can travel for free on the Number 70 tram and on the Australian Open special trams during the duration of the event. You can also grab a taxi and be dropped off between Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena.
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The first edition of the Australian Open was held in 1905 at a cricket ground in Melbourne. At the time, it was called “The Australasian Championships” then in 1927, it was renamed “The Australian Championships” until it was given its current name in 1969.
For a while, the tournament struggled, as it was not convenient for the rest of the world to attend. Furthermore, Melbourne itself did not have a transportation system between cities, so even Australian players would not participate due to an inability to reach the various venues.
But with US players coming by plane in 1946 and an improvement in transportation worldwide, the Australian Open quickly became one of the premier events in sport and remains at the top rung of tennis championship events today.
The Australian Open has witnessed many memorable moments over the years.
Who can forget the emotional encounter between Pete Sampras and Jim Courier in 1995? Sampras was in tears during the match due to a stroke suffered by his coach but showed the determination of a true champion to go on and win the match.
On the other end of the emotional scale, in 1990 John McEnroe became the first player to be disqualified from a Grand Slam for misconduct since 1963, when he was thrown out of his fourth-round match for abusive behaviour.