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The 2021 Australian Open is scheduled to run from Monday, January 18 until Sunday, January 31, but uncertainty over the arrival and quarantine process for international players means the date range is highly subject to change.
Last year, Novak Djokovic won his record eighth men’s singles title, while Sofia Kenin won her maiden grand slam in the women’s singles.
Beginning in 1905, the competition was originally played on grass, until the switch was made to Rebound Ace in 1988. In 2008 the shift to the current playing surface, Plexicushion, was made.
Novak Djokovic holds the record for the most Australian Open men’s singles titles, with seven. Margaret Court (after which one of the Open’s main venues is named) holds the record for most women’s singles titles, with 11.
Crowd records have consistently been broken during the last few years, with more than 780,000 people attending across the course of the fortnight in 2019, making the event the best attended Grand Slam.
|Day||Date||Start time (AEDT)||Matches|
|1||Mon Jan 20||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s first round|
|2||Tue Jan 21||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s first round|
|3||Wed Jan 22||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s second round|
|4||Thu Jan 23||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s second round|
|5||Fri Jan 24||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s third round|
|6||Sat Jan 25||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s third round|
|7||Sun Jan 26||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s fourth round|
|8||Mon Jan 27||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s fourth round|
|9||Tue Jan 28||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s quarter-finals|
|9||Wed Jan 29||11:00 AM||Men’s and women’s quarter-finals|
|10||Thu Jan 30||11:00 AM||Women’s semi-finals, men’s first semi-final|
|11||Fri Jan 31||3:00 PM||Men’s second semi-final, mixed doubles semi-finals, women’s doubles final|
|12||Sat Feb 1||1:00 PM||Women’s final, men’s doubles final|
|13||Sun Feb 2||4:30 PM||Men’s final, mixed doubles final|
The tournament is broadcast on the Nine Network for Australian viewers.