Melbourne hosts the Australian Open each January at Melbourne Park. The event attracts a star studded field of players vying for top prize money of more than $2 million.
* The Australian Open is one of four Grand Slam tennis events held around the world each year.
* The event is held in Melbourne each January and sees attendance figures of over half a million people.
The Australian Open is a highlight of the summer sporting calendar – tickets are highly coveted. Over half a million people visit Melbourne Park to experience the drama and athletic prowess of the world’s best tennis players.
But you don’t have to have tickets to get amongst the action. Melbourne locals and visitors can rub shoulders and share in the frisson and excitement at Melbourne’s Federation Square, where the on-court drama plays out on the big screen for free.
Held in the height of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is played mainly on two courts with retractable roofs. The Australian Open and Wimbledon are the only Grand Slams with indoor play.
The tournament was first held in 1905, when it was known as the Australasian Championships. It became the Australian Open in 1969, and until 1988 it was contested on grass courts.
Mats Wilander is the only male player to have won the tournament on both grass and hard courts. Andre Agassi and Roger Federer currently share the record for most titles won by a man at the Australian Open with four championships each. Serena Williams’ five titles are the most won by a woman at the Australian Open.
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