Australian Open

The Australian Open is traditionally the first Grand Slam event of the year, and it hosts one of the most impressive line-ups in the entire tennis calendar, with the best ATP and WTA players attending.

Date: 14 - 28 January
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Hard
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: Melbourne Park
Players: 128 players (Men's Entry List / Women's Entry List)
Prize Money: A$86,500,000 (Distribution Overview)
Points: 2000 for champion (Distribution Overview)
Draw: Men's Draw / Women's Draw
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The event is one of only four Grand Slam events each year and is the first in the season's first month. Generally, it is one of the strongest events of the year due to having star-studded entry lists as most players are fully healthy; it's quite a spectacle and one to kick off the tennis season properly.

Played since 1905, the event saw a lot of tennis history unfold on its courts. Matches have been played at Melbourne Park since 1988 and in Melbourne since 1972, a state-of-the-art tennis complex that features three courts with roofs, the only Grand Slam complex to have that.

Some of the iconic venues include the Rod Laver Arena, which has a capacity of 14,820. Other courts include the 10,300-seater John Cain Arena. The Margaret Court Arena has 7,500 seats and is the third-largest venue in the park.

The event has generally been associated with Melbourne, which hosted 66 editions of the event, but previously, the Australian Open was played in other Australian cities as well, such as Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, and also in New Zealand's Christchurch and Hastings.

The event saw a lot of history happen as the most successful player in the tournament's history is Australian legend Margaret Court, who won it 11 times. Novak Djokovic is the most successful man with ten trophies, while Serena Williams is the most successful woman in the Open Era, winning seven trophies in Melbourne.

When it comes to the doubles, the Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob, won the event six times and Martina Navratilova won it record eight times in the doubles.

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