Australian Open 2020 - Everything You Need to Know
How to Watch the 2020 Australian Open
U.S. tennis fans will have the opportunity to enjoy everything the Australian Open has to offer.
ESPN2 is going to broadcast the most important matches.
The Watch ESPN app, meanwhile, is going to live stream every single match of this year’s Slam.
The Tennis Channel is also going to live stream the tournament.
When is the 2020 Australian Open?
The 2020 Australian Open will take place from January 20th to February 2nd.
Keep an eye on the date for the tournament’s finals.
The Women’s Doubles final is on January 31st.
The Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles finals will take place on February 1st.
The Mixed Doubles and Men’s Singles finals will take place during the final day of competition, February 2nd.
Qualifiers run from January 8th to January 11th.
Who is Playing at the 2020 Australian Open?
The first major of the 2020 calendar is going to have a star-studded field.
The list is highlighted by the Big Four in the Men’s Singles tournament.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is joined by reigning champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and, surprisingly, Andy Murray.
After undergoing a second career-saving hip surgery, the three-time Slam winner is poised for a comeback year in 2020.
Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, could potentially return to his best form.
But the Brit is only one of many interesting storylines.
Having added another French Open title to his collection, as well as another US Open trophy, Nadal could make history in 2020.
The ATP ranking leader is now only one Slam away from tying Federer’s record.
The Swiss, who won two of the last three Australian Open titles, will naturally do everything in his power to stop that from happening.
Djokovic, meanwhile, could extend his dominance at Melbourne while also closing in on Federer and Nadal’s numbers.
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The Serb added a seventh Australian Open trophy to his collection last year, with his Wimbledon title moving him to a total of 16 career majors.
Keep an eye on the young players as well.
Federer was the only player from the “old guard” to make it past the group stage in the 2019 ATP Finals.
The Swiss fell to eventual champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis, but that’s the bottom line.
Tsitsipas, runner-up Dominik Thiem and Alexander Zverev led the charge for the new generation.
Despite a disappointing showing in the year-end tournament, 2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev is another strong contender for the title.
The Women’s Singles will also have plenty of interesting storylines.
WTA’s No.1 Ashleigh Barty headlines the list of entrants.
After winning her first career major last year, she will try to achieve that feat at home.
Chris O’Neill was the last Australian player to win the Women’s Singles title, back in 1978.
Serena Williams will have another shot at tying Margaret Court’s 24 career Slam titles.
The mark has eluded Williams for the last three years, since her most recent major title at the 2017 Australian Open.
Serena has since dropped four Slam finals and will definitely have some additional motivation.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka will have a chance to add a third Slam trophy to her collection.
Rising star and reigning US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is also among the tournament’s storylines.
The Canadian is recovering from a back injury, so this is also something to keep an eye on.
Kim Clijsters fans will have to wait a bit longer for her return to competition.
The Belgian star and former WTA No. 1 will delay her much anticipated comeback due to a knee injury.
Where is the 2020 Australian Open?
The 2020 edition of the Australian Open will be held in Melbourne, which has been the tournament’s home since 1972.
The competition moved to Melbourne Park in 1988.
The Rod Laver Arena, named after Australia’s all-time great, is the complex’s center court.
It has a capacity of 14,820 viewers for tennis matches.
Melbourne Arena and the Margaret Court Arena are the other two notable venues.
Has an Australian Ever Won the Australian Open?
Yes – in fact, Australian players dominated the Slam during its early years in the Open Era.
The Australian Open did not draw too much attention from players, as the location, date and the Australian heat often drove them away.
Seven-time Slam winner and former world number 1 John Newcombe won the tournament twice during the Open Era, in 1973 and 1975.
Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong won four Women’s Singles titles each.
Mark Edmondson was the last Australian to win the Men’s Singles title, in 1976.
Chris O’Neill, meanwhile, won the Women’s Singles in 1978.
John Peers won the Men’s Doubles title in 2017, while Samantha Stosur is the defending Women’s Doubles champion.
Jarmila Gajdošová and Matthew Ebden won the Mixed Doubles tournament in 2013.
Who Won the Australian Open Most Times?
Novak Djokovic holds the most Men’s Singles titles with 7.
The Serb will defend his title once again in 2020 and has a very good chance of adding the eighth trophy to his collection.
Margaret Court holds the all-time record in Women’s Singles with 11 titles.
Serena Williams, meanwhile, holds the Open Era record with 7.
Which Tennis Surface is the Hardest?
Players, coaches, and specialists usually agree that clay is the hardest surface to play on.
Clay slows the ball down significantly, forcing players to take more risks in order to hit a winner.
The uneven surface sometimes leads to unpredictable ball movements, which adds to the difficulty factor.
Grass is also extremely difficult due to its high speed and ever-changing surface over the course of a tournament.
Nadal, the greatest clay player of all time, considers concrete and carpet the most physically demanding surfaces.
2020 Australian Open Margaret Court Tribute
After celebrating Rod Laver’s 1969 Grand Slam, Tennis Australia has decided to recognize Margaret Court’s achievement as well.
The Australian great achieved the same feat in 1970, adding to her record of 24 major tournament titles.
It wasn’t a straightforward decision, however, even though Court is, by far, Australia’s most successful female tennis player.
Margaret Court’s controversial views on some sensitive topics are well-known among tennis fans.
This left many wondering whether Tennis Australia would also pay tribute to the 50the anniversary of her sporting achievement.
Court herself publicly called for recognition of her feat.
Tennis Australia ultimately offered her an invitation, stating that it would recognize, but not celebrate her achievements.
The third-largest arena of the Australian Open complex was renamed after Court in 2003.
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