728,763 attended Australian Open, highest in its 112-year history

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the Australia Open final to claim the title. Millions watched the men’s final match, the most eagerly awaited tennis clash in recent years.

But with a record turnout for the event, the highest since it began in 1905, the organisers of the tournament also have a reason to cheer.

24,798 people turned out to watch the epic five-setter final between two of the legends of tennis. For the two weeks of action, the attendance was 728,763, the highest in the 112 year history of the tournament.

720,363 people had watched the tournament during 2016, which was the earlier record.

Fans line up to catch the action at the Australian Open. Pic: ABC

Ticket prices rising

While Federer and Nadal battled for the men’s title, Serena’s attempt at a record 23rd Grand Slam title drew fans to the stadium. Serena went past Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles. History was made as the fans cheered for their stars during the men and women’s finals.

While the attendance has touched an all-time high, ticket prices have also soared. The average ticket price during the 2017 Australian Open was A$592, with the minimum ticket price at A$361 for the men’s singles final.

The average ticket price for 2014 edition of the tournament was A$547 while it was A$526 for the 2015 edition. For the 2017 tournament, the average price jumped to A$592.

The minimum price for the ticket for 2017 was A$361. During 2016, for the final, the minimum ticket price for the men’s final was A$395 and A$195 for the women’s final.