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 is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. It holds the record for the highest attendance at a Grand Slam event, with 743,667 attending in 2018.
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.
This year will be a special year with both the Australian Open and Rod Laver celebrating significant golden anniversary milestones. The Australian Open will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Rod Laver will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his second ‘Grand Slam’, when he won all of the four majors; the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open.
Which players you will see at the Australian Open in 2019
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley confirmed that he is expecting plenty of star players in Melbourne.
Returning to Melbourne for the first time since the birth of her daughter will be Serena Williams. She is very focused on winning and equaling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. Also returning for the first time since 2016 is Victoria Azarenka with her son.
On the men’s side of the draw, the Australian Open looks forward to welcoming back Kei Nishikori for the first time since 2016. Kei is a three-time quarter finalist and plenty of locals are looking forward to welcoming him back to Melbourne.
International players expected to be at the Australian Open
- Caroline Wozniacki
- Simona Halep
- Angie Kerber
- Naomi Osaka
- Novak Djokovic
- Roger Federer
- Andy Murray
- Stan Wawrinka
- Rafael Nadal
Australian players expected to be at the Australian Open
For those that support green and gold will be thrilled to see Australian players Ash Barty, Dasha Gavrilova, John Millman, Nick Kyrgious and Australian number 1 Alex de Minaur.
When is the Australian Open
The Australian Open will be held between 14 – 27 January at Melbourne Park.
How to buy tickets to the Australian Open
Tickets can purchased through ticketek.
Australian Open Accommodation
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Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is the best place to stay for your Australian Open experience as we are only a 8 minute tram ride from Melbourne Park and are in the free tram zone. At Holiday Inn Kids Stay & Eat Free!