The 101st Australian Open takes place between the 14th and 27th of January this year and all eyes are firmly set on Andy Murray, who finished runner-up in 2010 and 2011.
After winning his maiden grand slam at last year’s US Open and retaining his Brisbane Open title, the British No.1 is looking good and no doubt wants to finish on top at Melbourne Park this year.
If you’re heading down under to show your support and catch all the action live, here’s a roundup of some of the details of the tournament.
The tournament is made up of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, while junior and wheelchair players compete in singles and doubles tournaments.
Top seeded players
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Roger Federer
3. Andy Murray
1. Victoria Azarenka
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Serena Williams
This year the Australian Open will pay more prize money per round than any other tennis event! The 2013 men’s and women’s Singles Champions will each receive AUD $2,430,000 – the biggest monetary prize in the history of tennis.
The women’s final will be played under lights on the second Saturday, 26 January, commencing at 7:30 pm. The men’s final takes place at the same time on Sunday 27 January.
The draws will be announced on Friday the 11th of January.
Five-day ground pass
For just F$130 (or $125 if you pre-purchase) you can buy a ground pass which allows access to the outside courts for any 5 days of the tournament. A $90 (or $85 if you pre-purchase) three-day ground pass is also available.
The Fan Zone is a vibrant interactive entertainment area, which will provide children and teenagers with an opportunity to actively participate in fantastic tennis-related activities.
Autograph Island is situated in the Fan Zone and provides fans with the opportunity to meet and gain autographs from the players.
Supporting Murray and seeing him in action is not the only reason to pack your bags and head down South – Australia is also a dream tourist destination and Melbourne offers incredible attractions, shopping, nature and wildlife, and the best in Australian nightlife, entertainment and cuisine.