Can Ash Barty claim her maiden home Grand Slam? Who is standing in her way at the 2020 Australian Open?
The 2020 Australian Open is on its way, and with less than three months to go, now’s the time to get your tickets sorted.
Kicking off the 2020 Grand Slam run in fine form, the Australian Open will take place from Monday 20 January until Sunday 2 February, held at the marvellous Melbourne Park precinct.
Both Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena stadium seats are now available.
Ground passes, providing access to all the outside court action, the countless activations across the precinct and the AO Live Stage, are also on sale across the two weeks.
With two weeks of tennis action ready to unfold, taking place from Monday 20 January until Sunday 2 February, you better strap yourself in.
It will all come to a head on Saturday 1 February when the 2020 Australian Open Women’s champion is crowned, while the Men’s Final will take place the following day, on Sunday 2 February.
The Women’s Semifinals will be held during the day on Thursday 30 January and the first Men’s Semifinal will take place that night, followed by the second semi on Friday 31 January.
The Quarterfinals will be held on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January.
In 2020, the Australian Open will stretch right into the city of Melbourne when it premiers the biggest Grand Slam footprint in world tennis – reaching from Federation Square in the heart of the CBD out to Birrarung Marr and Melbourne Park onto Richmond Station.
In a Grand Slam first, electronic line calling will feature on all courts during Qualifying, which runs from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 January, with free entry for fans.
Other events leading into the year’s first Grand Slam include the Australian Open Drawon Thursday 16 January, and Kids Tennis Day– which will take over the expanded precinct on Saturday 18 January.
Also new for 2020 is the Practice Village, designed to further enhance the Grand Slam experience for both players and fans, who will have the chance to get closer to their heroes than ever before. Taking over the National Tennis Centre, the Practice Village will feature new viewing platforms, enhanced seating, extra shade and a variety of family-friendly food options for fans. For the players, there is the state-of-the-art gym, treatment and recovery areas, including hot and cold plunge pools and increased player dining, all accessible via the on-demand shuttle service from the Player Pod.
Who could forget last year’s tournament? The Australian Open 2019 once again provided drama, surprises, and history-making moments at every turn.
Serbian favourite Novak Djokovic overtook six-time men’s Australian Open title winners Roy Emerson and Roger Federer when he scored his seventh AO title, becoming the greatest Australian Open men’s champion of all time. He took the win over Rafael Nadal.
Superstar Naomi Osaka took out the women’s title – backing up her US Open title win and becoming the first player from Asia to secure the No.1 singles ranking. She became the first player since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win her first two grand slams back-to-back. She held out against Petra Kvitová in three sets.
Sam Stosur clinched her doubles title 13 years after losing to Yan Zi and Zheng Jie. This time, in her 13th major final, Stosur took the victory alongside Zhang Shuai. It was Stosur’s first slam title in eight years and her second on home soil after winning the mixed doubles with Scott Draper in 2005.
Another local hero Dylan Alcott achieved his record fifth straight Australian Open Quad Wheelchair title. Alcott defeated long-time rival and No.2 seed David Wagner in a match which he described as one of the best played between the pair. It was also the first wheelchair final broadcast live on national television.
If you want to experience everything the Australian Open has to offer, then a Ground Pass might just be the ticket for you. With access to all the outdoor courts as well as Melbourne Arena, you’re sure to catch some top-notch tennis action, but make sure to also take in the sites – from mouthwatering food options to installations and activities from some of your favourite brands, there is so much to see and do on and off the court.
Outside of the tennis action, the Australian Open also host a smorgasbord of musical talent from Australia and the globe. There will be 15 days of world-class music at the AO Live Stage, with Girls Day Out featuring an all-female lineup on Sunday 19 January. While we can’t tell you who is locked in for 2020 just yet, names like UK stars Bastille and Craig David, and homegrown superstars including Angus & Julia Stone, Jet, and Ball Park Music all made appearances in 2019.
Find your tickets to the 2020 Australian Open now at Ticketmaster.com.au.