The 2024 Australian Open Overview, Timings,etc.

The 2024 Australian Open Begins in Melbourne

Tournament Overview

The world’s top players assemble in Melbourne for the 2024 Australian Open, marking the start of the Grand Slam season.

Tournament Dates and Duration

The main draw kicks off on Sunday, 14 January, extending to Sunday, 28 January.

A unique start on Sunday aims to prevent late-night finishes, extending the tournament to 15 days.

Qualifying Rounds

Qualifying begins on Monday, 8 August, requiring players to win three matches for a spot in the main draw.

Player Lineup and Seeding

Defending Champions

Novak Djokovic seeks his 11th title, while Aryna Sabalenka looks to defend the women’s trophy.

Top Seeds

Djokovic, Alcaraz, Medvedev, and Sinner lead the men’s field.

Swiatek, Sabalenka, Gauff, and Rybakina top the women’s seeding.

Notable Comebacks

Rafael Nadal returns after a year, Emma Raducanu stages a comeback after surgeries, and Naomi Osaka returns post-childbirth.

Draw Details and Match Timings

Draw Announcement

The Australian Open singles draw occurs on Thursday, 11 January, featuring 128 players with 32 seeded.

Match Timings

Day sessions start at 11:00 local time on outer courts and noon on show courts. Night sessions commence at 19:00 local time.

Prize Money and How to Follow

A record A$86.5m (£46.5m) prize pool, including A$3.15m (£1.7m) for each singles champion.

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