16 Fun Facts About The Australian Open

The Australian Open holds the record for the highest attendance of any tennis tournament ever staged with 812,174 people attending the 2020 edition. And here are some more quick fun facts:

  1. Novak Djokovic holds the record for the most Men’s Singles titles with 10 wins
  2. Margaret Court holds the record for the most Women’s Singles Titles with 11 wins
  3. The Australian Open was the last of the four majors opened to professionals in 1969
  4. Out of the four Grand Slams, Melbourne Park (Australian Open Venue) is the only venue to have three stadium courts covered by a retractable roof
  5. After winning both his Australian Open Singles titles Jim Courier jumped into the Yarra River for a swim
  6. The Australian Open was a Grass Court Event until 1988
  7. Every year the ball kids who work at the AO are made up of a small contingent of overseas ball kids – 20 from Korea, 6 from China, 10 from India and 2 from France
  8. The Australian Open is shown live in more than 220 Countries and Territories around the world
  9. The Australian Open stringers restring over 5000 racquets throughout the tournament using more than 60km’s of string
  10. The highest single-day attendance at the Australian Open is 93,709 at the 2020 edition
  11. Close to 50,000 Tennis Balls are used during the tournament
  12. Since 1905 the Australian Open has been staged in January, March, August and December with the Ja middle of January start time being in place since 1977
  13. Kia is the longest-running sponsor of the Australian Open beginning it’s deal in 2002 with the current deal set to expire in 2023
  14. The revenue generated from the Australian Open is over $330million
  15. The last Australian female to win the Women’s Singles Title at the Australian Open was Christine O’Neil in 1978
  16. The last Australian male to win the Men’s Singles Title at the Australian Open was Mark Edmonson in 1976

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