Australian Open 2020: The 2020 Australian Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament that will take place at Melbourne Park, from 20 January to 2 February 2020. It will be the 108th edition of the Australian Open, the 52nd in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year. The tournament will consist of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior and wheelchair players will compete in singles and doubles tournaments. As in previous years, the tournament’s main sponsor is Kia.
Australian Open 2020
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the defending champions in Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles, respectively.
This will be the first edition of the Australian Open with GreenSet, a hard surface from company GreenSet Worldwide. GreenSet is the third type of hard surface used for the Australian Open.
The 2020 Australian Open will be the 108th edition of the tournament and will be held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The tournament is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is part of the 2020 ATP Tour and the 2020 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consists of both men’s and women’s singles and doubles draws as well as the mixed doubles events. There are singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments. There are also singles, doubles and quad events for men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.
The tournament will be played on hard courts and will take place across a series of 25 courts, the three main show courts Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena. 1573 Arena (formerly Show Court Two) was upgraded into a main show court.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. It features men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles; junior’s championships; and wheelchair, legends, and exhibition events. Prior to 1988 it was played on grass courts, but since then two types of hardcourt surfaces have been used at Melbourne Park – green coloured Rebound Ace up to 2007 and, afterwards, blue Plexicushion.
First held in 1905 as the Australasian championships, the Australian Open has grown to become the largest[clarification needed] annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere. Nicknamed “the happy slam” and often referred to as the “Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific”the tournament is the highest attended Grand Slam event, with more than 780,000 people attending the 2019 edition. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat with its eventually three primary courts, the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and the refurbished Margaret Court Arena equipped with retractable roofs.