Everything you need to know about the tournament


Whether you’ll be in Melbourne for the tournament or watching it from the comfort of your home, here’s how you can get in on all the action. 

Between January 20 and February 2, the world’s best tennis champions will all descend in Melbourne for the Australian Open.

It’s the first major of the year, and it’s sure to be action-packed.

Will Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka be able to defend their 2019 Australian Open titles? What will Ash Barty bring to the court now that she’s ranked No. 1 in the world?

So you don’t miss out on anything, here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Australian Open.

When

The Australian Open commences on January 20 and concludes on February 2. Matches will start at 11am with the night sessions beginning at 7pm AEST.

The first round will be run on Monday, January 20 and Tuesday 21. Between the first day and Friday, January 31, gates open at 10am, with the day session starting at 11am. Over the same period, gates open at 5pm and games commence at 7pm for the night session.

Quarterfinals

Quarterfinals will run from January 28-29.

Semifinals

The men’s and women’s singles semifinals to be held on January 30. Both women’s matches will be played on the 30th, with the second men’s singles semifinals to be played on the 31st.

Finals

The women’s doubles final will be played on Friday, January 31.

The women’s singles final and mixed doubles final will be held on Saturday, February 1. The men’s singles final and doubles will be played on Saturday, February 2.

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Draw

The singles draw will be held on Thursday, January 16 – four days prior to the tournament kicking off.

Fans will be able to stream the draw via the Australian Open Facebook page and on the Australian Open website.

Where

As always, the tournament will take place at Melbourne Park. There are 43 courts in total – 35 hard courts and 8 clay courts.

It houses three arenas – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena.

There are also two show courts – Show Court 2 (now named the 1573 Arena) and Show Court 3.

The venue is currently undergoing a facelift as part of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment.

Tickets

Tickets to the Australian Open are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Adult Ground passes cost $54 per ticket. This will give you access to all outdoor courts, the AO Live Stage, AO Ballpark and new Practice Village. You can also purchase multi-day Ground pass tickets, which will help you save some money.

Kids Ground passes are $5 per day, and are only available for those aged between three and 14.

Stadium tickets include reserved seating in Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena. Prices vary depending on Arena and match.

The cheapest stadium tickets will set you back $62 for entry level seats at Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena.

An entry level ticket to the night session at Rod Laver costs $105.

Unfortunately, tickets to the men’s final have already sold out.

There will be 25 sessions of play at Rod laver, 14 at Margaret Court and eight at Melbourne Arena.

How to watch

If you’re unable to attend the Australian Open, Channel 9 will be streaming the tournament.

The station’s main channel, Channel 9, and 9Gem will be showing majority of the games. 9now will be streaming every match live, with cameras covering every court.

The Australian Open website and ABC Grandstand will also be streaming radio commentary of the tournament.

You can also check out the Australian Open YouTube page, which will be posting on-court interviews, highlight packages of players and post-match press conferences.

Schedule

The official schedule can be found on the Australian Open website.

The order of play is provisional and subject to alteration at any time without notice.

Prize Money

The total prize pool money for the 2020 Australian Open is AU$62.5 million – the biggest ever.

The Australian Open awards equal prize money for men and women.

The singles winner for both men and women, takes home AU$4.1 million each.

Wildcard play-offs

The wildcard play-offs have been decided with Arina Rodionova and John-Patrick Smith winning through to the main draw.

Maria Sharapova will also receive a wildcard to the Australian Open.

Rally for Relief – Australian Open Bushfire Donations

An exhibition labelled Rally for Relief, will be held on Wednesday, January 15 to raise money for the Australian bushfire crisis.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are among a number of players will feature in the exhibition match, which will be held on Rod Laver Arena.

All funds raised from the event will be donated to the relief cause. Tickets are priced at $54.

Tennis Australia will also be donating $100 for every single ace served during the ATP Cup – an international outdoor hard court men’s tennis tournament played over ten days in the lead up to the Australian Open.

There will also be a fundraising concert held on Sunday, January 19. Jessica Mauboy, Montaigne and Lily Papas will be performing at the AO Live Stage Birrarung Marr from 3pm to 9pm.

Adult tickets are $20 and $5 for kids. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

All proceeds will go to the Australian Red Cross.



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