The Australian Open is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, held
annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. Holding the record for the
highest attendance at a Grand Slam event in 2108, the Australian open precedes the French
Open ,Wimbledon and the US Open , featuring men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s
and mixed doubles and junior’s championships including wheelchair, legends and exhibition
Originally known as the Australasian championship, the tournament was created in 1905 and
played on the hardcourts at Melbourne park, in Melbourne, Australia. The event was not held
from 1916 to 1918 and 1941 to 1945 due to world war Ⅰ and Ⅱ. The move to Melbourne
park from grass court to blue grass court in 1988 brought incredible results as the attendance
jumped 90% immediately.
The Australian open has always been held in January, but due to a shift in Australian Open
draw and the subsequent tournament in December , 1977 was the only year when the event
was held twice in one calendar.
The central court and the main stadium at Melbourne park are named after Rod Laver,
eleven time Grand slam champion, who is regarded as one of the greatest player in the history
Most Australian Open tennis titles (men) 1968-2018
Roger Federer become the first man to ever win 20 Grand Slam championships after
defeating Marin Cilic, sharing the record currently with Roy Emerson (amateur era) and
Novak Djokovic (Open era).
Federer has now won 96 singles titles, with a very realistic chance of reaching an incredible
100 by the end of the year but is still the world no. 2 , Rafael Nadal remains at world no. 1
with 9760 points.
Australian Open 2019
The Australian Open 2019 is scheduled from January 14 to January 27 . This will be the
first Australian Open to feature final set tie-breaks , introduced in all match formats.
After an injury hit in 2018, former world no. 1 Andy Murray will aim to reignite his career in
as he returns to Australian Open 2019 next week.
New initiatives for Australian Open 2019 includes increment in the prize money to AUD
$60.5 million, 25-second serve clock for all the draw matches, electronic review system in
every match courts, heat breaks etc.