The Australian Open is an annual tennis tournament held in Melbourne, Australia during the last fortnight of January. It is comprised of a men’s and women’s competition, including singles and doubles events, as well as junior, wheelchair, legends and exhibition events.
Tennis Australia, formerly known as the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia manages the tournament. Up until 1988, matches were played on grass, and are now played on hardcourt surfaces. The Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments for the year and is proceeded by the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
The competition attracts both Australian and international players. With more than 780,000 people attending in 2019, it is the biggest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere.
The tournament was first played in 1905 in Melbourne under the title of the Australasian Championships before being renamed the Australian Championships in 1927. In 1969, it became known as the Australian Open, the same year that the tournament was opened to professionals.
Since the competition’s commencement in 1905, it has been held in five Australian cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane) and two New Zealand cities (Christchurch and Hastings). The tournament has been played in Melbourne since 1972 as it was determined this city traditionally had the highest patronage.
Since 1988, the Open has been played at Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) within the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. The three primary playing courts are Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Area, which are all equipped with retractable roofs.
As such, the Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to accommodate indoor matches during adverse weather conditions such as extreme heat and rain. A fourth major court is also being planned, with seating for 5,000 people.
The first hardcourt surface was introduced following the move to Melbourne Park in 1988. It was called Rebound Ace and used up until 2007. The current surface is known as blue Flexicushion. The key benefits of this latest hardcourt surface are greater consistency and a thinner top layer reducing the amount of heat that is retained.
Grand Slam tournaments contain 32 seeded players, with the top seed considered the strongest player at the time based on current rankings. Seedings are announced shortly before the draw for the competition.
They are designed to ensure the top players do not compete against each other during the early rounds of the tournament, and would theoretically play each other for the first time in the final.
Once the knockout tournament commences, the winners of each match progress through four preliminary rounds before competing in the quarter final, semi-final and final.
The total prize money is $62.5 million, with the winner of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments each receiving $4.1 million and the finalist receiving $2.05 million. In addition, the respective winners of each tournament have their names inscribed on the perpetual trophy cups.
Novak Djokovic has won the most men’s singles titles, winning 11 times and Margaret Court has won the most women’s singles titles, with 12 wins.
How To Watch Australian Open NZ
The tournament takes place from 20th January – 2nd February 2020. You can watch most games via live stream.
You can watch the Australian open live on Sky Sports in New Zealand.
In other countries it’s on free to watch such as in Australia where you can watch on Channel 9 and using an Australian VPN you can also watch for free.
They also offer on demand replays and highlights shows, as well as pre and post match analysis.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch Channel 9 Australia you need to be based in Australia by default however,
to fool the website into thinking you’re in Australia, you can buy a VPN and choose an AU server to bypass the geo block.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing AA Polo. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to go to the Channel 9 website or app, create a free account and start watching right away.
Step 4: Start Watching Australian Open Live & On Demand
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.