The Grand Slam events are by far the most watched and anticipated events in the tennis world, featuring the top players worldwide with millions of dollars on the line. The first of the 4 Grand Slam events, the Australian Open is set to start in mid-January of 2023, kicking off the new season with inevitably some of the competitive plays from the whole year. To find out more about Australia’s biggest sporting event, keep on reading.
Australian Open Tennis Tournament
The Australian Open is an annual hardcourt tennis tournament held in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. The tournament is based in Melbourne Park with the matches held at its many different courts, primarily the Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena, and the Margaret Court Arena.
It is part of both the WTA and ATP Tours and the first of the 4 Grand Slams which are the biggest and highest level of tennis competition in the whole world. This year Australian Open marked the 111th edition of the Australian Open and the 55th edition of the Open Era. Apart from the singles and doubles disciplines, mixed doubles, wheelchair, and junior Grand Slam events are also conducted at the same time. The title sponsor for the event is the Kia Corporation, better known by their former-name Kia motors.
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Tour category||Grand Slam|
|Draw||128 S, 64 D|
Australian Open 2023 Singles Result
In the singles championship, Belarusian tennis player Aryna Sabalenka win her maiden Grand Slam. Aryna wins Australian Open after defeating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the final. After 1st set down, Sabalenka made a great comeback and won the championship with 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sabalenka won record prize money which is just under the Australian Dollar 3 million. Whereas Sabalenka gets A$2,975,000, Elena Rybakina received A$1,625,000. After winning Aryna Sabalenka becomes 2nd in the WTA ranking.
Australian Open 2023 Women’s Doubles Result
Czech Republican pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defend the Australian Open women’s doubles title. Champions faced Japanese pair Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in the final and defeated them in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).
With this victory, the Czech pair extended their Grand Slam tournament winning streak to 24 matches. Both players have now won the seventh Grand Slam together. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won all three Grand Slam events that they contested in 2022Venue
Australian Open 2023 Mixed Doubles Results
Brazilian Pair Luisa Stefani and Rafael Metos win the Australian Open 2023 mixed doubles championship. The winning pair defeated Indian pair Sania Mirza and Rhan Bopanna in the final with straight sets 7-6, 6-2.
Rafael Matos became the fifth Brazilian man to win a major title, while Stefani is now the second woman from Brazil to secure Grand Slam glory. Stefani now has won 18 of 20 women’s doubles matches since returning from knee surgery in September. Sania Mirza, who won 6 majors, also announced retirement that she is going to retire in February where she will play her final tournament in Dubai.
Australian Open History and Previous Winners
The Australian Open championship is one of the oldest events in tennis, being first played in 1905 at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground. Since then the tournament has had numerous names and it has been played in all the major cities of Australia for 110 years. Originally called the Australasian Championships, the modern-day Grand Slam was not established with the intent of creating a world-stage event until 1924.
For many many years it was played on a grass court, the most dominant court surface type from the Ametuer Era but from 1988 onwards, it has been played on hard courts. Even the format of the event has seen some changes. The first woman’s event was held in 1922.
The Australian Open has always hosted some of the tennis world’s biggest stars, which is especially true for women. Kim Clijsters, Steffi Graf, Margaret Court, Serena Williams, Monica Seles, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Virginia Wade, Chris Evert, and Justine Henin are just some of the world no. 1 players that have won at the Australian Open.
Margaret Court holds the all-time record for most singles titles at the event with 11 each. Serena Williams however holds the record for most Open Era titles with 7. However, Margaret is the undisputed queen of the event when she won 7 consecutive titles. Ashleigh Barty’s win in 2022 made her the first Australian to win at the event in 44 years.
|Year||Singles Champions||Doubles Champions||Mixed Champions|
|2023||Aryna Sabalenka||Barbora Krecikova/Katerina Siniakova||Luisa Stefani / RafaelMatos|
|2022||Ashleigh Barty||Barbora Krecikova/Katerina Siniakova||Ivan Dodig / Kristina Mladenovic|
|2021||Naomi Osaka||Elise Mertens/Aryna Sabalenka||Rajeev Ram / Barbora Krejčíková|
|2020||Sofia Kenin||Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic||Nikola Mektić / Barbora Krejčíková|
|2019||Naomi Osaka||Samantha Stosur/Zhang Shuai||Rajeev Ram / Barbora Krejčíková|
|2018||Caroline Wozniacki||Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic||Mate Pavić / Gabriela Dabrowski|
|2017||Serena Williams||Lucie Šafářová/Bethanie Sands||Juan Sebastián Cabal/Abigail Spears|
|2016||Angelique Kerber||Sania Mirza/Martina Hingis||Bruno Soares / Elena Vesnina|
|2015||Serena Williams||Lucie Šafářová/Bethanie Sands||Leander Paes / Martina Hingis|
|2014||Li Na||Roberta Vinci/Sara Errani||Daniel Nestor / Kristina Mladenovic|
|2013||Victoria Azarenka||Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci||Matthew Ebden / Jarmila Gajdošová|
Australian Open 2023 Prize Money and Points
The prize money for the 2023 Australian Open edition is set at a record A$76,500,000, an increase of 3.4% from the $75 mil. the prize fund was given last year. The prize money distribution is as follows:
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||Mixed Prize Money||WTA Points|
|Round of 16||A$338,000||A$67,250||A$12,650||240|
|Round of 32||A$227,925||A$46,500||A$6,600||130|
|Round of 64||A$158,850||A$30,975||——||70S,10D|
|Round of 128||A$106,250||——||——||10|
Australian Open 2023 Draws
The tournament will have 128 singles and 64 doubles draws that will be released as the event progresses. Australian Open officials have confirmed the 2023 draw will take place on Tuesday, January 12 (local time) with no time set in stone just yet. Entry is free but Tick is required for this event.
- Women’s singles: 128 competitors including 12 qualifiers and eight wildcards.
- Women’s doubles: 64 pairs, including up to seven wildcards.
- Mixed doubles: 32 pairs, including up to eight wildcards.
- Wheelchair singles: 8 competitors, including one wildcard.
- Quad wheelchair singles: 4 competitors, round-robin competition.
- Quad wheelchair doubles: 2 teams.
Australian Open 2023 Dates
The Australian Open will be held across 2 weeks from 16-29 January. The qualifying round will be conducted on the 5 days leading up to the main draw, from the 11th to the 15th of January.
Australian Open 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the Australian Open is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|16th January||Round 1||——|
|17th January||Round 1||——-|
|18th January||Round 2||Round 1|
|19th January||Round 2||Round 1|
|20th January||Round 3||Round 2|
|21st January||Round 3||Round 2|
|22nd January||Round 4||Round 3|
|23rd January||Round 4||Round 3|
|24th January||Quarter Finals||Quarter Finals|
|25th January||Quarter Finals||Quarter Finals|
Keep in mind the schedule may be subject to change.
Australian Open 2023 WTA Entry List
Being a Grand Slam event, all the top-ranking players from around the world will be present including 9 of the world’s top 10 and most of the top 100 players. World no. 1 and 2022 semi-finalist Iga Swiatek, world no. 3 and quarter-finalist Jessica Pegula, Madison Keys, and other returning players will be in attendance.
Rather uniquely, however, no former Australian Open champions will be attending this year round but there are 3 runner-ups including the 2022 runner-up Danielle Collins, and the 2020 Garbine Muguruza. Venus Williams has also been given a wildcard entry, making her the 3rd former runner-up.
|WTA Awards 2022 – The Complete Winner’s List|
2022 Australian Open doubles runner-up and Most Improved Player of the Year Beatriz Haddad Maia will be joined by Newcomer of the Year Zheng Qinwen. As stated previously, the 2022 Australian Open runner-up Daniella Collins will be returning but home favorite and defending champion Ashleigh Barty will not as she has retired. Emma Raducanu’s chances of playing at the 2023 Australian Open look in doubt after she rolled her ankle at the ASB Classic in Auckland.The full player list is as follows:
Australian Open 2023 Seeds
|5||Aryna Sabalenka (champion)||5|
|14||Beatriz Haddad Maia||15|
|21||Elena Rybakina (Runner- Up)||22|
|Irina-Camelia Begu||34||Jil Teichmann||35|
|Alizé Cornet||36||Sloane Stephens||37|
|Sorana Cirstea||38||Petra Martic||39|
|Leylah Fernandez||40||Alison Riske-Amritraj||41|
|Naomi Osaka||42||Anastasia Potapova||43|
|Bernarda Pera||44||Bianca Andreescu||45|
|Shelby Rogers||46||Katerina Siniakova||47|
|Ana Bogdan||48||Magda Linette||49|
|Xiyu Wang||50||Yulia Putintseva||51|
|Mayar Sherif||52||Anhelina Kalinina||53|
|Alison Van Uytvanck||55||Garbiñe Muguruza||56|
|Danka Kovinic||57||Lucia Bronzetti||58|
|Madison Brengle||59||Anna Kalinskaya||60|
|Claire Liu||61||Sara Sorribes Tormo||62|
|Jasmine Paolini||63||Lin Zhu||64|
|Rebecca Marino||65||Elisabetta Cocciaretto||66|
|Julie Niemeier||67||Camila Giorgi||68|
|Donna Vekic||69||Tatjana Maria||70|
|Marta Kostyuk||71||Nuria Parrizas Diaz||72|
|Tereza Martincova||73||Tamara Korpatsch||74|
|Emma Raducanu||75||Viktorija Golubic||76|
|Linda Fruhvirtova||77||Yue Yuan||78|
|Anna Bondar||79||Anna Blinkova||80|
|Camila Osorio||81||Maryna Zanevska||82|
|Julia Grabher||83||Dalma Galfi||84|
|Tamara Zidansek||85||Xinyu Wang||86|
|Lauren Davis||87||Panna Udvardy||88|
|Kaja Juvan||89||Viktoriya Tomova||90|
|Kamilla Rakhimova||92||Catherine McNally||93|
|Varvara Gracheva||94||Ysaline Bonaventure||95|
Simona Halep, Daria Saville, and Wang Qiang were replaced by Varvara Gracheva, Ysaline Bonaventure, and Harriet Dart respectively upon their withdrawal from the event.
|ATP Australian Open 2023 Players List|
Australian Open 2023 Wild Cards
The wild-card entries released as of 7 January are as follows:
- Diane Perry (112)
- Moyuka Uchijima (117)
- Taylor Townsend (133)
- Jaime Fourlis (162)
- Olivia Gadecki (201)
- Storm Hunter (241)
- Talia Gibson (340)
- Venus Williams (1,000)
Players that have received protected/special ranking are as follows:
- Sofia Kenin (PR 4)
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (PR 21)
- Karolina Muchova (PR 22)
- Marketa Vondrousova (PR 32)
- Nadia Podoroska (PR 39)
- Laura Siegemund (PR 57)
- Patricia Maria Tig (PR 64)
- Jacqueline Cristian (PR 65)
- Evgeniya Rodina (PR 73)
- Zheng Saisai (PR 89)
- Kristina Kucova (PR 90)
Australian Open 2023 Qualifying Entry list
|5||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||103|
|13||Réka Luca Jani||113|
|21||Marina Bassols Ribera||123|
Note that the player’s list may be subject to change.
Australian Open 2023 Doubles Seeds
|8||Haddad Maia/Zhang Shuai|
|11||Chan Hao-ching/Yang Zhaoxuan|
Australian Open 2023 Mixed Doubles Seeds
As for there is no update about the Mixed Doubles Players list, stay tuned for the latest information.
Australian Open 2023 Tickets
Tickets for the Australian Open are available for purchase. Entry and viewing for the singles events are free but require a ticket regardless. Tickets can be bought per day/night session or as multi-day bundles depending on the arena type. To learn more about the ticketing options, click the link https://www.stubhub.com/australian-open-tickets/
Australian Open FAQS
The tickets for the Australian Open 2023 finals have also been released. The Australian women’s singles final will cost AUD 299 while the men’s singles final ticket has been priced at AUD 1499. Ground Pass will be AUD 23.
Monday 16 January to 29 January Sunday. Qualifying will start on 11 January.
You can arrive at any time after 8 am. Entry will be at 8.30 am. From that, you can walk to AO Beach Bar.
Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus won Australian Open 2023 after defeating Elena Rybakina. This is also her maiden Major Title.