In , after being used for 20 years, the Rebound Ace was replaced by a cushioned, medium-paced,  acrylic surface known as Plexicushion Prestige.
The main benefits of the new surface are better consistency and less retention of heat because of a thinner top layer.
Before the Melbourne Park stadium era, tournament dates fluctuated as well, in particular in the early years because of the climate of each site or exceptional events.
For example, the tournament was held in January the tournament was played in March and the tournament in Brisbane took place in August when the weather was not too hot and wet.
From to , the tournament was played in mid-December. Then it was decided to move the next tournament to mid-January January , which meant there was no tournament in Since , the Australian Open date has not changed.
However, some top players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal , have said that the tournament is held too soon after the Christmas and New Year holidays, thus preventing players from reaching their best form, and expressed a desire to shift it to February.
Notably a retractable roof was placed over Margaret Court Arena, making the Open the first of the four Grand Slams to have retractable roofs available on three of their show courts.
Unlike Wimbledon and the US Open, which initiate conventional tie-breaks at games and games respectively, the Australian Open utilises a first to 10 points breaker at 6 games all.
From to , the Seven Network served as the host broadcaster of the Australian Open. In March , it was announced that the Nine Network had acquired the rights to the tournament beginning in , for a period of five years.
The network later bought the rights for the tournament as well. In Europe the tournament is broadcast on Eurosport.
In the United Kingdom, the BBC dropped its live coverage of the tournament just a month before the start due to budget cuts, leaving Eurosport as the exclusive live broadcaster.
It is broadcast on TSN in Canada. The following record of attendance begins in , when the tournament moved from being held in December to in January the immediate preceding tournament was December The prize money distribution is as follows:.
All amounts in Australian dollars. It is the highest prize money for a tennis tournament. The names of the tournament winners are inscribed on the perpetual trophy cups.
It was his 15th Major Singles title and his seventh at the Australian Open. It was her 2nd Grand Slam singles title.
It was her 1st Grand Slam mixed doubles title and her 3rd Grand Slam doubles title. Rajeev Ram was part of the winning Mixed Doubles team in It was his 1st Grand Slam mixed doubles title.
The Australian Open is played at Melbourne Park , which is located in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct ; the event moved to this site in Currently three of the courts have retractable roofs, allowing play to continue during rain and extreme heat.
As of , spectators can also observe play at Show Courts 2 and 3, which have capacities of 3, each,  as well as at Courts 7—15, 19 and 20 from small accessible viewing positions.
Since , all of the courts used during the Australian Open are hard courts with Plexicushion acrylic surfaces though Melbourne Park does have 8 clay courts not used for the tournament.
This replaced the Rebound Ace surface used from the opening of Melbourne Park. Unlike the other three Grand Slam tournaments, which became open in , the Australian tournament opened to professionals in Thus, the records here break at the tournament.
Citations for these records. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the tennis tournament. For other uses, see Australian Open disambiguation.
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Junior points [ edit ] Event W F. Roberto Bautista Agut . Alex de Minaur WC. Quarterfinals lost to Kyle Edmund.
Third round lost to Chung Hyeon. Fourth round lost to Tennys Sandgren. Runner-up, lost to Roger Federer .
Second round lost to Julien Benneteau. Second round lost to Tennys Sandgren. First round lost to Kyle Edmund. Fourth round lost to Chung Hyeon.
Third round lost to Nick Kyrgios . Sending love all the way down under!!! He then went on to say how much his family meant to him, especially as they could not make the trip to Australia with him.
I love them very much. I want to thank them for unconditional love and support through all these years. Milan Andrejic celebrates with the shoe Novak Djokovic gave him as a gift.
As for his celebrations, Djokovic said they are likely to continue today with the now traditional dive into the Yarra River before he explores some more of Melbourne.
His seventh Australian Open title also gave him his 15th overall slam title, moving him five behind Roger Federer and two behind Nadal. To join the conversation, please Log in.
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