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Australian Open: What’s on?

Heading down to the Australian Open today? Here's everything you need to know!

The Australian Open now approaches its final days but that doesn’t mean the action is slowing down for a second. Here’s you’re handy guide to everything that’s happening around Melbourne Park.

The Semi-Finals will wrap up on Friday 31 January, as fifth seed Dominic Thiem faces seventh seed Alex Zverev on Rod Laver Arena.

Nature

Aussies will be rallying behind Alex Zverev, with the young German pledging his winnings to bushfire relief if he wins the Australian Open.

The women’s Final will take place in a twilight session on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 1 February. Fourteenth seed Sofia Kenan is set to face off against unsseded Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza.

The men’s Final will follow the next day, taking over Rod Laver Arena in the evening.

Ground Passes are still available, with so much left to see and do around Melbourne Park.

You can soak up the action on one of the big screens around the concourse by grabbing a drink and a bite to eat from one of the many amazing options.

It’s the best way to revel in the unrivalled electric atmosphere of the Australian Open. Garden Square and Grand Slam Oval will be pumping all night, so make sure to head in and join the support as we ride the wave of the Australian Open Finals on the big screens.

Visit the amazing kids’ areas, the AO Hilltop and AO Ballpark, with rides, super soakers and splash zones, a zipline, climbing wall, and so much more.

AO Live Stage – Australian Open

You can also see plenty of massive names on the AO Live Stage, including:

  • Matt Corby, supported by Charlie Collins – Thursday 30 January
  • Hayden James, supported by Running Touch – Friday 31 January
  • Bastille (UK), supported by Max Frost (USA) – Saturday 1 February
  • Ziggy Alberts, supported by Fergus James – Sunday 2 February

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Fortnite Summer Smash

The Fortnite Summer Smash will return to Margaret Court Arena on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February.

With up to $400,000 on the line in the solos Championship tournament, witness players from all around the world as they are invited to compete in the biggest competitive gaming event in Australia.

Tickets begin at just $54 for adults, including access to everything that Melbourne Park has to offer around the concourse and the AO Live Stage.

Australian Open Glam Slam

Sunday 2 February will play host to the Glam Slam men’s and women’s singles Finals on Court 3.

One of the largest LGBTQI+ tennis tournaments, the event hosted over 200 players across 30 countries. The iconic ‘Melbourne’ sign on the baseline will be painted in rainbow-coloured letters for the event, as a celebrity exhibition match is held alongside the Finals.

Speaking of the event, Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley says, “Tennis needs to continually strive to be the most inclusive sport in the world.

“Everyone should feel that they can be a part of our sport regardless of gender, ability, race, religion or sexuality.

“We have an opportunity through an event like the Glam Slam to make people more aware that they are welcome to be a part of tennis. We look forward to seeing a big crowd turn out for the finals on Court 3.”

Australian Open Glam Slam

What's happened at the Australian Open so far:

Australian Open Day 11 

Thursday 30 January sees the Australian Open roll into Day 11, and in turn the Singles Semi-Finals begin.

Rod Laver Arena

Tickets are still available to see world number 1 Ash Barty continue her stellar run, as she faces rising American Sofia Kenin on Rod Laver Arena from 2pm today. Starting at just $70, there’s every reason to head down and see Barty make Australian tennis history.

The first Australian female to reach a Semi-Final in over 35 years, she takes on Kenin, a rising 21-year-old who had never previously made it past a Grand Slam fourth round, as her career continues from strength to strength.

Big matches to watch on the big screen

Other than sitting inside Rod Laver Arena, the best place to watch all the Australian Open Semi-Final action is on one of the many big screens around Melbourne Park.

With the atmosphere electric, pull up a chair, grab a drink and a bite to eat and spend the day revelling in all of the tantalising tennis.

The big names on court are headlined by world number 1 Ash Barty, whilst the second Semi-Final will see fourth seed Simona Halep face the unseeded, yet former world number 1 Garbine Muguruza to round out the day session.

The night will see the legendary Roger Federer, currently world number 3, take on world number 2 Novak Djokovic in one of the most hotly anticipated encounters of the tournament.

After surviving five-sets in each of his past three clashes, Federer seemingly can’t be beaten at the moment.

But the undisputed king of the Open, Djokovic, is in scintillating form, only dropping one set (in the first round) on his way to the Semi-Final.

Australian Open Djokovic

Can Federer knock off the Djoker?

AO Live Stage – Australian Open Day 11

There is still so much happening around Melbourne Park, including the amazing kids’ areas, the AO Hilltop and AO Ballpark, with rides, super soakers and splash zones, a zipline, climbing wall, and so much more.

A Ground Pass will also get you into the AO Live Stage, with Day 11 headlined by incredible singer-songwriter Matt Corby. We don’t see Corby on the live stage very regularly so make sure you take up the opportunity to soak up his sweet, sweet tunes.

Corby will be supported by alt-country singer Charlie Collins.

Matt corby australian open

Australian Open Day Ten 

The Australian Open continues into Day 10 on Wednesday 29 January – with incredible action on court as well as the chance to see Melbourne United in action and catch Billy Idol on the Live Stage.

There are plenty of superstars in action as the Quarter Finals roll into their second day, including a not-to-be-missed battle between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem at night. Anett Kontaveit and Simona Halep will take to Rod Laver Arena during the day, followed by Garbine Muguruza and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Stan Wawrinka v Alex Zverev will close out the day session.

You can soak up the action on one of the big screens around Melbourne Park, by grabbing a drink and a bite to eat from one of the many amazing options. It’s the best way to revel in the unrivalled atmosphere of the Australian Open.

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The next best thing

While you’re wandering around, a host of action is still happening on the outside courts including the men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles, and the best and brightest future stars in the juniors.

Melbourne United v Perth Wildcats

As an added bonus, your Australian Open ground pass will also get you in to experience some NBL action. Whether you’re a basketball fan or you’re ready for your first game, this is an incredible opportunity.

Melbourne United will take to Melbourne Arena in the evening, facing Perth Wildcats at 7.30pm in the AO Game.

Tickets to the clash begin at just $59 for adults, allowing patrons to enjoy full Ground Pass access throughout the day as well.

The Wildcats are flying this NBL season, sitting pretty in second, while Melbourne will be searching to jump back into the four, currently in fifth place behind the Brisbane Bullets.

AO Live Stage

English punk-rock legend Billy Idol will headline the AO Live Stage on Day 10. With huge singalong hits like ‘White Wedding’, ‘Dancing With Myself’, and ‘Rebel Yell’ still regularly featuring on karaoke nights worldwide, getting to belt these songs out with Idol in the flesh is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

The superstar will be supported by Melbourne rockers The Delta Riggs. Following their huge 2019 release ‘Modern Pressure’, getting down early has never been more worth it.

Australian Open Day Nine 

Day 9 of the Australian Open is here, as the Singles Quarter Finals get underway.

Aussies in action

In the Singles, just one Australian remains – our world number 1 Ash Barty.

Barty is on court in the second match of the day on Rod Laver Arena, facing seventh seed Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova has the wood over Barty in the past, leading 4-3 in their previous ties, including 2-0 at Grand Slams.

A rematch of the 2019 Australian Open Quarter Finals where Kvitova knocked out Barty, the young Australian has turned the tie around since, winning the last three encounters between the pair.

Around the grounds on Australian Open Day 9

There is still plenty to see and do around Melbourne Park with an Australian Open ground pass.

Other than being inside the Stadium, there really is no better place to watch the world’s best do battle than on the big screens.

With a plethora of food and drink options, the atmosphere is electric as we see more and more epic battles on court the deeper into the tournament we go.

Garden Square and Grand Slam Oval are the two hotspots – pull up a seat, grab a drink and some food,  and enjoy the action, surrounded by cheering fans well into the night.

The men’s and women’s doubles Quarterfinals are set to get underway, as well as plenty of Legends in action on the outside courts.

The mixed doubles second round continues, and you can witness the stars of the future on court with the Junior singles and doubles also in play.

Outside of the tennis action, New Zealand pop-duo Broods will headline the AO Live Stage, supported by one of Australia’s hottest up and coming stars, George Alice.

Australian Open Broods

Australian Open Day Five 

It’s clear skies ahead as we roll into the third round of the Australian Open Single on day five.

Aussies in action

While the number of Australians left in the draw slowly begins to whittle down day by day, we still have a couple remaining to pin our hopes to on day five.

Ash Barty encounters her first seeded player of the tournament, 29th seed Elena Rybakina, on Rod Laver Arena after blitzing through her second round match-up over Polona Hercog.

John Millman will take to the court against the seemingly invincible Roger Feder tonight, also on Rod Laver Arena, in one of the biggest games of his career, seeking to go further in his home Slam than he has before.

Australian Open Federer

Can the master go all the way again?

Our top ticket on Australian Open Day 5

Reserve your seats in Melbourne Arena, with tickets still available and plenty of star-studded action lined up today.

The day begins with Men’s Doubles, as Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson pair up from 11am.

Caroline Wozniacki follows, the former Australian Open winner searching for another to add to her crown in her retirement tournament. Wozniacki will face Tunisian world number 78, Ons Jabeur.

A tense and tight affair awaits, with Marin Cilic facing ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Cilic, a former Finalist here, will certainly put up a significant roadblock for the Spaniard to overcome, looking to go better than his previous best at the tournament, reaching last year’s Quarter Finals.

The final game of the day sees two Men’s seeded players go at it, with Guido Pella (22) and Fabio Fognini (12) competing, in what should be a fiery battle.

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22nd seed Guido Pella will have his work cut out for him.

Best on the outside courts

There is still plenty of action happening around the grounds, not to mention the AO Ballpark and AO Hilltop, as well as endless food and drink options.

Our top matches to head down and see with your ground pass are:

Alison Riske (18) v Julia Goerges

Riske is in career-best form, as she searches to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career. A previous top 10 player, Goerges just missed seeding at this event, currently ranked number 39.

A very even match-up should set up some rather enjoyable viewing on 1573 Arena in the third game of the day.

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There is still plenty of action to see on the outside courts on day five

Tennys Sandgren v Sam Querrey

The two Americans do battle, with Sandgren a former Australian Open Quarter Finalist, and Querrey a former top 15 player himself.

The two will close out the day on 1573 Arena.

Marton Fucsovics v Tommy Paul

After knocking out 13th seed Denis Shapovalov in the first round, Fucsovics has proven he is capable of anything. But Paul, a 22-year old American, is one of the rising stars on the circuit with a very entertaining game style.

It sets up what should be another very close third-round encounter for the second game on 1573 Arena.

AO Live Stage – Australian Open Day 5

On the Live Stage, it’s a double dose of Aussie rock, with Grinspoon tearing it up from 7.30pm, supported by Eskimo Joe, who will come on stage from 6.10pm. You know what that means – singalongs to ‘Chemical Heart’, ‘Hard Act To Follow’, ‘Black Fingernails Red Wine’, and ‘Sarah’ all in the same night. Prepare your voices, this is going to be a big one.

Australian Open Day Four 

The Veronica’s headline the AO Live Stage as we head into day four of the Australian Open.

Aussies in action

Ajla Tomljanovic is every chance of progressing through her second-round match, facing the unseeded Garbine Muguruza first up on Rod Laver Arena.

Tomjlanovic breezed through her opening clash 6-1, 6-1, over 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova, but Muguruza could still prove a tougher opponent, a former world number 1 and two-time Grand Slam Champion herself.

Priscilla Hon will take to Margaret Court Arena for her second-round clash, facing 17th seed Angelique Kerber.

Nick Kyrgios will also be in action, facing French journeyman Gilles Simon, while Alex Bolt will have his work cut out for him against world number 5 Dominic Thiem.

After an impressive first-round performance, despite his opponent retiring hurt, Alexei Popyrin will take on world number 86 Jaume Munar, with the 20-year-old looking to progress to the third round of a Grand Slam for the third time in his career.

Arina Rodionova will face ninth seed Kiki Bertens in a very difficult match for the Australian, rounding out the Aussies in action on day four.

australian open day 4

Can Ajla Tomjlanovic get the job done on centre court tomorrow?

Our top picks on Rod Laver Arena

Tickets for Rod Laver Arena during the day are still available, with Tomjlanovic getting the action started.

Her match will be followed by world number 2 Karolina Pliskova facing off against Laura Siegemund.

The final match of the day sees charismatic German Alex Zverev, the seventh seed, facing world number 98 Egor Gerasimov.

Australian fans will be sure to get around Zverev after the 22-year-old pledged $10,000 for every match he wins at the Australian Open to bushfire relief, as well as his total prizemoney if he can go the entire way and win the Grand Slam.

AO Live Stage – Australian Open Day 4

The Veronicas will bring their slew of pop gits – including our (un)official national anthem ‘Untouched’ – to the AO Live Stage, beginning their set at 7.30pm. Will there be a wall of death? Will the mosh pit erupt? You’ll have to get down there to find out.

The pop duo will be joined by breakout wunderkind Kian and indie-pop singer-songwriter Japanese Wallpaper.

The Australian Open enters Day 3 today, with the second round of both the men’s and women’s singles getting underway.

The first round of the doubles events will also begin today.

Australian Open Day Three 

The weather is looking much better, and there are some massive names in action on the outside courts, including plenty of Aussies.

Aussies in action

There is another host of Australians taking to the court today after impressive Round 1 displays.

World number 1 Ash Barty will head to Rod Laver Arena against Polona Hercog, while Jordan Thompson has made his way to Margaret Court Arena, facing 12th seed Fabio Fognini.

On the courts accessible with a ground pass, John Millman will face 31st seed Hubert Hurkacz in the final game on Melbourne Arena today.

The new cult hero in the legionnaires cap Marc Polmans is another with plenty standing in his way, facing 24th seed Dusan Lajovic in the final game on Court 3.


How good is the hat!

Astra Sharma still has her first-round clash to get through after it was rescheduled yesterday, she’s first up on Court 8.

Our top picks on the outside courts:

There is limited reserved seating remaining on Rod Laver, Margaret Court and Melbourne Arenas, but let’s take a look around the grounds at the on-court action you can see on the outside courts.

Benoit Paire (21) v Marin Cilic

The big Frenchman with a killer beard is in almost career-best form after a strong ATP Cup display before going all the way to the Final of the Auckland Open, and is now seeded 21.

But his second-round opponent was a former world number 3 just two years ago, currently ranked number 39 and just missing seeding himself. Cilic has reached the Final of the Australian Open before, as well as Wimbledon, and is a past Champion at the U.S Open.

So, he knows how to get the job done on hard court, and this game is just one you absolutely cannot miss. The two will be taking over court 3 in the third match of the day.

Can Benoit Paire get the job done over Marin Cilic in their second round match-up?

Carla Suarez Navarro v Aryna Sabalenka (11)

A three-time Quarter Finalist at the Australian Open, the world number 54 will certainly fancy her chances against the 11th seed.

Sabalenka is one of the rising stars of the WTA circuit, already cracking the top 15 at only 21 years of age.

The exciting match-up will be the first game of the day on 1573 Arena, starting at 11am.

Matteo Berrettini (8) v Tennys Sandgren

The Italian 8th seed breezed past Australian Andrew Harris in Round 1, while world number 69 Sandgren is a former Quarter Finalist here in 2018.

Berrettini will have his work cut out for him against the powerful American, and the third matchup on 1573 Arena should be a scorcher.

AO Live Stage – Australian Open Day 3

Tonight the Rock Show is heading to the AO Live Stage. Sydney brothers Lime Cordiale are following up a huge 2019 with a ripping intro to 2020. They’ll bring their pop-rock good vibes – as well as a trio of tunes that are all in Hottest 100 contention – perfect for a sunny evening. They’ll be joined by Sydney rocker Ruby Fields, so prepare for some epic singalongs especially when ‘Dinosaurs’ kicks in.

All of this is accessible on a ground pass ticket, just $54 for adults and only $5 for kids!

Australian Open Day Two

After a massive opening day of the Australian Open, the weather looks set to improve for Day 2, Tuesday 21 January.

Clear skies are on the cards, setting up an awesome day of action. Plus, due to yesterday’s rain delay, we will see extended matches on the outside courts with several rescheduled from Day 1.

Australian Open Day Two top ticket recommendations:

Seats during the day on Rod Laver Arena are still available, with plenty of massive names ready to take centre stage.

Beginning at 11am, world number 2 Karolina Pliskova will face former world number 10 Kristina Mladenovic.

Five-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova will then take to the court for her first match, facing rising youngster and 19th seed Donna Vekic in what should be one of the first round’s tightest affairs.

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Can Sharapova go the distance at the Australian Open once again?

The day session will be rounded out with world number 1 and 19-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal, as he looks to add a second Australian Open crown to his ridiculously impressive tally.

Australian Open Day Two – Best on outside courts

The weather is looking much better, and there is a plethora of massive names in action on the outside courts, including plenty of Aussies.

Aussies in action

Alexei Popyrin and Nick Kyrgios will play back-to-back on Melbourne Arena this evening.

Popyrin will have his work cut out for him against powerful 28th seed and former Australian Open Finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The match will be followed by the ever-entertaining Kyrgios, seeded 23 this year, facing Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Our second-ranked female behind Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic will head to Margaret Court Arena today, facing 31st seed Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

Other Aussies in action include John Millman and Jordan Thompson on Court 3 from 10.30am.

Max Purcell, Marc Polmans, Alex Bolt and Priscilla Hon will all head to Court 7, with Purcell to complete his match against Jannik Sinner that was suspended yesterday.

Court 8 will see James Duckworth, Arina Rodionova and Astra Sharma all looking for victory, whilst Chris O’Connell heads to Court 19 in a massive clash against 17th seed Andrey Rublev.

Our top picks of the outside courts:

Plenty of massive names will take to the outside courts today including many seeded players, and even a few top 10 stars.

Our picks of the bunch are:

Reilly Opelka v Fabio Fognini (12)

This game will resume on Day 2 after rain forced it to end early on Day 1. What should have been a breeze for 12th seed Fabio Fognini, he finds himself two sets to love down, and will need to claw his way back to get out of this one. It is the second clash up on 1573 Arena.

Kirsten Flipkens v Karolina Muchova (20)

Flipkens is a former top 15 player, as she takes on 20th seed, rising star Karolina Muchova.

Muchova hasn’t been on the tour for long, but lifted towards the end of 2019 with a Quarter Final appearance at Wimbledon and reaching the third round of the US Open as she looks to go deep in her return to Australia. This is the fifth match scheduled for Court 13 today.

David Goffin (11) v Jeremy Chardy

The world number 11 Goffin was red-hot in the ATP Cup, knocking off both Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov as he faces Jeremy Chardy, a former Quarter Finalist at the Australian Open. The two will face off on Court 3 later this afternoon.

AO Live Stage – Australian Open Day 2

Indigenous singer-songwriter and Hottest 100 hopeful Thelma Plum will headline the AO Live Stage, giving fans a taste of her debut album Better in Blak.

Opening the stage will be breakthrough Aussie artist and another one set to feature highly in the countdown, G-Flip.

The AO Live Stage will kick off from 6.10pm, so head down after work, grab a ground pass and enjoy the festival that is the Australian Open.

Grab your tickets to the 2020 Australian Open now from Ticketmaster.com.au.

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