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Upcoming Tournaments

Brisbane International

Brisbane International

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen Open

Shenzhen, CHINA
Jan 04 - Jan 10
ASB Classic

ASB Classic

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Jan 05 - Jan 10
Apia International Sydney

Apia International Sydney

Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Jan 11 - Jan 16
Hobart International

Hobart International

Hobart, AUSTRALIA
Jan 11 - Jan 17
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 19 - Jan 31
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 19 - Jan 31

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $0
Surface: Hard
Director: Craig Tiley
The best male and female tennis players battle through blistering temperatures in the hopes of getting their hands on the coveted trophy at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.

Launching in 1905, the Australian Open has been staged in seven cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. It moved to its present home of what is now known as Melbourne Park in 1988, with the tournament also switching from a grass to hardcourt surface. The state-of-the-art facility features two courts with retractable roofs - Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. The Australian Open has been held on a variety of dates, settling into its current mid-January place on the calendar in 1987.

Among the more recent historic occurrences at the event are Martina Hingis becoming the youngest Grand Slam champion in the 20th century at 16 years and three months by capturing the 1997 title; the women's final being moved to nighttime in 2009; and the longest women's match in Grand Slam history being played, with Francesca Schiavone outlasting Svetlana Kuznetsova in four hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round in 2011. The tournament is also known for offering more prize money than any other.

Serena Williams has the Open Era record with five singles titles Down Under. Just one behind her with four triumphs are Hall of Famers Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Martina Navratilova has the doubles record with eight titles, including seven consecutive.

Often referred to as the "Garden City" and "cultural capital of Australia", Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Na Li Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2013 Victoria Azarenka Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2012 Victoria Azarenka Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva
2011 Kim Clijsters Gisela Dulko / Flavia Pennetta
2010 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2009 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
Previous Winners

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  • Gallery: Seles' 9 Grand Slams

    December 02, 2014
    It's Monica Seles' birthday - Happy Birthday Monica! Take a look back at the nine biggest titles of the WTA le...
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  • Gavrilova Wins Australian Open WC

    December 21, 2014
    A year ago she was watching on crutches, but now she'll play in the main event. Daria Gavrilova has won the third and final Australian Open wildcard play-off event.
  • Watch Live: The AO Wildcard Play-Off

    December 17, 2014
    A slew of Australia's biggest stars are battling it out at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off this week. Watch highlights and the live stream right here!
  • Reuters: Australian Open's Heat Policy

    December 02, 2014
    Tournament Director Craig Tiley provided details about the 2015 Australian Open's new 'Extreme Heat Policy' on Tuesday.
  • Chang Wins AO Wildcard Playoff

    December 01, 2014
    Chang Kai-Chen secured her place at the 2015 Australian Open with an emphatic victory over Tamarine Tanasugarn in the final of the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off.
  • Upsets Of 2014: Ana Vs Serena

    December 01, 2014
    Each day this week wtatennis.com will be recapping one of 2014's most memorable upsets. First up is Ana Ivanovic's stunning victory over Serena Williams Down Under.
  • Season Review: Li On Top Down Under

    November 24, 2014
    The first few months of the season saw the emergence of a new generation at the top of the game, but it was one of the old guard, Li Na, that triumphed at the year's opening major.
  • Falconi Wins Australian Open Wildcard

    November 19, 2014
    Irina Falconi has earned a place at the first major of 2015 after topping the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge standings.
  • Sydney Morning Herald: AO Upgrades

    October 09, 2014
    A 10% prize money increase is just one of the improvements being made for the 2015 Australian Open.
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Photos

  • Gallery: Seles' 9 Grand Slams

    December 02, 2014
    It's Monica Seles' birthday - Happy Birthday Monica! Take a look back at the nine biggest titles of the WTA legend's illustrious career - her nine Grand Slam titles...
  • Gallery: Serena's 18 Grand Slams

    September 07, 2014
    Serena Williams has been winning Grand Slam titles for 15 years now - three years more than any other winning span in the Open Era. Take a trip down memory lane...
  • AO Gallery: The Fantastic WTA Fans

    February 06, 2014
    From national pride to one very frighteningly-painted fan - not one of these three - see all the best fan pics from Australia here. And which king of '90s Britpop was Down Under too? Find out!
  • AO Gallery: Shiny Things From Oz

    February 04, 2014
    This week on wtatennis.com we'll be looking back at some of the best photos and videos from the Aussie Open. Today, 20 of the best photos from the fortnight - and a lot of sparkle and shine...
  • Gallery: 15 Of China's Finest Firsts

    January 31, 2014
    From Li Ting and Sun Tiantian to Zheng Jie and Li Na, Chinese tennis has become a tennis power to be reckoned with over the last decade. Here are 15 of China's finest firsts in women's tennis.
  • AO Gallery: Li & Bouchard's Front Pages

    January 30, 2014
    Li Na and Eugenie Bouchard were two of the biggest headline-makers at the Australian Open this year, particularly in Week 2 - here are some of their front pages back home during the Happy Slam.
  • AO Gallery: Li Na & The Trophy Shoot

    January 26, 2014
    Three years ago she took the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen to the Eiffel Tower, now the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to Brighton Beach. Li Na went on the traditional Australian Open champion photo shoot.
  • AO Gallery: Prime Time Down Under

    January 25, 2014
    Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova put on a brilliant display of tennis on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night, but there could only be one winner. See all the best pics from the prime time final right here.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Na Li Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2013 Victoria Azarenka Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2012 Victoria Azarenka Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva
2011 Kim Clijsters Gisela Dulko / Flavia Pennetta
2010 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2009 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2008 Maria Sharapova Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna Bondarenko
2007 Serena Williams Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2006 Amélie Mauresmo Zi Yan / Jie Zheng
2005 Serena Williams Svetlana Kuznetsova / Alicia Molik
2004 Justine Henin Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2003 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2002 Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova
2001 Jennifer Capriati Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2000 Lindsay Davenport Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs
1999 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova
1998 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
1997 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Natasha Zvereva
1996 Monica Seles Chanda Rubin / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1995 Mary Pierce Jana Novotna / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1994 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1993 Monica Seles Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1992 Monica Seles Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario / Helena Sukova
1991 Monica Seles Patty Fendick / Mary Joe Fernandez
1990 Steffi Graf Jana Novotna / Helena Sukova
1989 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1988 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1987 Hana Mandlikova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1985 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1984 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1983 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1982 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1981 Martina Navratilova Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith
1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1975 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1974 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1973 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Virginia Wade
1972 Virginia Wade Helen Gourlay-Cawley / Kerry Harris
1971 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1970 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Judy Dalton (tegart)
1969 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Judy Dalton (tegart)
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