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, legends matches and exhibitions events.
It 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 John Cain Arena are all equipped with retractable roofs which makes it the ideal location.
Melbourne has hosted the tennis event 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.
When is it being held in 2023?
The Australian Open will be held 16-29 January 2023
What is new for 2023?
After a two year hiatus the Kids Tennis Day returns for 2023. From an Arena Spectacular to a waterslide, appearances by some of the world’s best players, and all their favourite characters, there will be something for kids of all ages.
This year for the first time, the KIA Arena will be transformed into a world class arena on the last three days of the Australian Open 2023. The three-day event has been designed to bring more fans to the AO at the last three days of the tournament, with a ticket price of $34 for each session at Kia Arena. Fans who buy a ground pass or Rod Laver Arena stadium ticket on any of the three days can upgrade to enter Kia Arena for the Finals Festival for an extra $5.
Where can I buy tickets?
Good news, tickets are now on sale for the Australian Open!