First Grand Slam Of The Calendar Year
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.
How much is the Australian Open prize money?
The prize money in 2018 was at a record high for the men’s and women’s singles at $50 million.
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 $4m.
The runners-up in the tournament are also well rewarded for their efforts. They will walk away with $2m for reaching the final.
The players who qualified for the first round but go no further will leave with $50,000 as a consolation prize. This makes the total prize fund $50m.
The 2018 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.
How much are the Australian Open tickets?
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.
He Couldn’t Do It Again…Could He?
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.
Williams Will be Back
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.
So Why Australian Open 2019?
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.