The world’s greatest tennis players come to Melbourne Park in January for the Australian Open, the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific and the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season. While the international stars of tennis battle it out for the coveted trophy on the court, festivities continue around the clock. There are night-time music concerts and continuous live entertainment on and off the court. The Australian Open is a sporting event that blends the fun and enjoyment of tennis with social and cultural activities that celebrate Australia's love of the great outdoors.
The Australian Open is one of four Grand Slam tennis events held around the world each year.
Melbourne hosts the Australian Open each January at Melbourne Park. It is the first Grand Slam title of the season. The event attracts a star studded field of the world’s top tennis players and attracts more than half a million spectators over the two weeks of competition.
Tickets to the event are highly sought. If you are unable to get tickets you can still join in the action at Melbourne’s Federation Square, where matches are broadcast live on a giant screen for free. Festivities continue around the clock with music concerts and continuous live entertainment.
Held in the height of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is played mainly on two courts with retractable roofs, the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. 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.
Share in the memories of the great moments in tennis. 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.