The 2019 Australian Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament, which took place at Melbourne Park from 14th to 27th January 2019. Just like every year, it is the first Grand Slam of this year. This is the 51st edition of the Australian Open in the Open Era and the 107th edition overall. The tournament consists of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior and wheelchair players also compete in singles and doubles tournaments. The tournament’s main sponsor is Kia.
Tweaked features in The 2019 AO, which were absent in the previous editions:
- This is the first Australian Open to feature final set tie-breaks, which are introduced in all match formats. For example, if the match reaches 6–6 in the final set, the first player to score 10 points and be leading by at least 2 points wins the match. Katie Boulter and Ekaterina Makarova were the first players in a main draw to compete in the new tie-break format.
- For the first time in the men’s singles competition, a 10-minute break due to heat is allowed after the third set when the Australian Open Heat Stress Scale reaches 4.0 or higher.
- In a five-year deal starting at the 2019 tournament, Dunlop took over from Wilson as the suppliers of the tennis balls.
Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki were the defending men’s and women’s singles champions, but were unsuccessful in their title defense, with Federer losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round and Wozniacki losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round.
In the Women’s Doubles category, Zhang Shuai and Samantha Stosur defeated Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos with the final score reading 6-3, 6-4.
Yesterday, Naomi Osaka of Japan won the Women’s Singles Final, defeating Petra Kvitová of The Czech Republic by a scoreline of 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. Both the players were fighting for the trophy, and the No. 1 World Ranking. Naomi became the first Asian to be ranked No. 1 in the world after her win. After yesterday’s win, she can boast of two consecutive Grand Slams, i.e. The 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
In the Mixed Doubles Final, Barbora Krejčíková and Rajeev Ram defeated Astra Sharma and John-Patrick. The final score was 7-6, 6-1. This was the pair’s first win at a Grand Slam as a pair.
Today, the Men’s Singles Final title was presented to Novak Djokovic for an excellent display against Rafael Nadal. He won the match in straight sets, with the scoreline of 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry is known to almost everyone who is interested in tennis, and today was the 53rd time the duo played against each other. Djokovic leads the all-time record by 28-25. This is surely one of the most intense rivalries of the past decade. Novak Djokovic, after today’s victory, has a record 7 Australian Open titles.
In the Men’s Doubles Final, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert won against Henri Kontinen and John Peers. The final score was 6-4, 7-6.
Talking about the prize money, the players earn with respect to the position they end the tournament at. The prize distribution for Singles’ category is as follows:
|Third Round Qualifier||$40,000|
|Second Round Qualifier||$25,000|
|First Round Qualifier||$15,000|
The Doubles’ competitors are awarded money in the following brackets: (per team)
The Mixed Doubles’ participants win the following amounts: