Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne
For the last fortnight in January, Melbourne takes centre stage with the welcoming of past and present tennis stars for the Australian Open. This tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events and attracts the cream of the crop. The Australian Open tennis tournament features men’s and women’s singles, doubles and the junior games. Attendees will also enjoy wheelchair tennis, which will be spearheaded by champion Australian player Dylan Alcott, legends matches and exhibitions events.
The Australian Open in Melbourne is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. It holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event, with 812,175 people attending in 2020, smashing the previous record attendance in 2019 of 796,435 attendees.
It was the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat. The the three primary courts Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena are all equipped with retractable roofs which makes it the ideal location.
Melbourne has hosted the Australian Open since 1952 and is known by spectators and players as the happy slam. It is said to be a yearly highlight for players to visit.
How will COVID affect the Australian Open in 2021?
The team who organise the Australian Open have put together various plans which will be enacted closer to the time. Due to the case numbers in Australia there is the chance that the Australian Open may be held at a different time in the year or with no crowds at all.
Craig Tiley, the tournament organiser, is confident that it will go ahead in Melbourne with less crowds than in 2020.
What’s new for 2021?
Stay tuned as closer to the Australian Open exciting initiatives will be announced.
When is the Australian Open in Melbourne?
In 2021 it will be held from Monday the 18th of January to Sunday the 31st of January 2021 at Melbourne Park.
How to buy tickets ?
Tickets go on sale from October 2021.
Australian Open Melbourne Accommodation
Take advantage of our Melbourne Hotel Accommodation Deal and save up to 15% off your Melbourne City Stay.
Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is the best place to stay for your Australian Open experience as we are only a 10 minute tram ride from Melbourne Park and are in the free tram zone. Plus at Holiday Inn Kids Stay & Eat Free!