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Australian Open 2023: Date, Venue, Schedule, Defending champions, Title contenders, Key Details

Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 in the Australian Open final on Sunday. A win has now put Djokovic on par with Rafael Nadal for Most Grand Slam titles with 22 each. A win has also made Djokovic only 2nd player after Nadal to win 10 Grand Slam at a single major. 

History

The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was played under the name of  Australasian championships. The tournament is the highest-attended Grand Slam event and also features indoor play conditions. 

The Australian open features three primary courts, Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena and the refurbished Margaret Court Arena equipped with retractable roofs.

Category

Players

Men’s singles

Rafael Nadal

Women’s singles

Ashleigh Barty (Former Champion)

Men’s Doubles

Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios 

Women’s doubles

Barbora Krejčíková/ Kateřina Siniaková

Mixed Doubles

Kristina Mladenovic /Ivan Dodig 

Rafael Nadal – The Spaniard clinched his second victory in the Australian Open in the last edition. The second seeded has won 22 Grand Slam single’s titles. The 36 year old defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in 5 hours and 24 minutes.

Ashleigh Barty- The former no.1 ranked player announced her shock retirement after winning the Australian Open 2022. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty defeated Danielle Collins by a 6-3 & 7-6 in the last edition finals.

Men’s/Women’s Singles

Men’s Singles Women’s Singles
Novak Djokovic Swiatek Iga
Carlos Alcaraz  Ons Jabeur
Casper Rudd Jessica Pegula
Stefanos Tsitsipas Caroline Garcia
Daniil Medvedev Aryna Sabalenka

Men’s/Women’s/Mixed Doubles

Men’s Doubles Women’s Doubles Mixed Doubles
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury  Shuai Zhang and Samantha Stosur Storm Sanders and John William Peers
Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell  Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens Desirae Marie Krawczyk and Neal Skupski 
Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic  Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer Veronika Kudermetova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Ena Shibahara and Wesley Koolh
Pierre-Hugues Herbert  and Nicolas Mahut Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury

Most number of AO titles: Men’s and Women’s – with separate tables

Men’s singles- Novak Djokovic  9
Women’s singles-  Serena Williams  7
Men’s Doubles- Bob Bryan  6
Mike Bryan
Women’s doubles Martina Navratilova 7
Pam Shriver
    Barbora Krejčíková 3

The longest Australian Open match was between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the 2012 edition finals, The match lasted 5 hours 53 minutes. 

  1. Novak Djokovic has won most consecutive men’s single’s title i.e 3 times (2011-13 to 2019-22). 
  2. US born Martina Navratilova holds the record for most champions ( 12)  including singles, doubles and mixed doubles category. 
  3. Ken Rosewall is the oldest to win in a singles men’s championship, he was 37 years and two months in 1972 edition.
  4. Thelma Coyne Long is the oldest player to win in women’s single category, she was 35 years and eight months in her 1975 edition triumph. 
  5. Martina Hingis is the youngest to win in women’s single’s category, she was 16 years and four months old in her 1997 edition success.
  6. Australian Open prize money has increased by 321 percent from the last 20 years, with this year’s 3.4 percent boost.
  7. In the 1976 Australian Open, Mark Edmondson won the single’s finals while ranked 212th in the world and remains the lowest ranked player to lift the trophy in Grand Slams.
  8. The Australian Open 2021 was postponed by three weeks due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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