Melbourne’s extensive list of sporting events also includes one of the four major tennis world Grand Slams, the Australian Open. Usually held In January every year (February in 2021), Melbourne hosts this tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and the surrounding courts of Melbourne Park.
Visitors of all ages come here to witness their favourite tennis stars in action, the only Grand Slam tennis championship held in the Asia Pacific. Based on prize money, popularity, tradition and world rankings, the Australian Open is considered to be one of the top Grand Slams in the world.
Australian Open, 2021 Tennis Dates, Ground Pass & Finals Ticket Prices
Australian Open 2021 will feature singles, doubles and wheelchair competitions. AO qualifying will be held offshore, with the women’s event taking place in Dubai, and men’s qualifying in Doha from 10-13 January. The AO Junior Championships has been postponed until later in the year.
Players will compete for more than $80 million in prize money during their time in Australia, with the AO total prize pool remaining at the 2020 level of $71.5 million. Players exiting in the first round of the AO will take home $100,000, up 15 per cent from 2020. There have also been significant increases to prize money for qualifying and the early rounds.
Transport to and from the Australian Open is made easy by the free tram services that run on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. All you need to catch the free tram is a valid Australian Open ticket for that day. The service operates until one hour after the end of the play. Trains are also a convenient option with Flinders Street, Jolimont and Richmond Stations all within easy walking distance. From Flinders Street walk past Federation Square via Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River and follow the signs. There is limited car parking available, so those choosing to drive should arrive early.
As this is an elimination event, it is not possible to book a ticket to see a particular player, as the schedule for the next day can only be announced on the night prior. This tournament is a highlight of the nation’s summer sporting event calendar.