The Australian Open is the first of the four ATP and WTA World Tour Grand Slams to take place during the year, followed by the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. It sets the tone for the rest of the Tennis season, and is widely recognised as one of the most difficult titles to win.
After finishing the 2016 season by losing the world number 1 seed to Andy Murray, defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will be looking to start the season off right to regain the number 1 spot. Djokovic has won the title an astonishing six times, accounting for half of his overall career Grand Slam victories, whilst Murray has made the Australian Open final an agonising five times and not taken the title. Four of Murray’s five finals losses have come at the hands of Djokovic, and now the stage is set for another titan battle at Rod Laver Arena.
Will it be yet another Djokovic v Murray final? Since taking over the world number 1 seed, will Murray finally have the belief that he can beat Djokovic Down Under? Or will someone else come out of the woodwork and surprise them? Will one of our home grown players in Nick Kyrgios or Bernard Tomic take the step up to winning a Grand Slam? These will be the questions on everyone’s lips as the date creeps closer.
Defending champion Angelique Kerber has had a break out year in 2016, winning both the Australian and US Open, and clinching the world number 1 seed from WTA juggernaut Serena Williams. With 22 Grand Slam wins, Williams has dominated women’s tennis for a number of years now, and is only two Grand Slam wins from equalling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24.
Like Djokovic, Serena will be hungry to regain her number 1 rating after losing it in 2016. Serena has also won the Australian Open six times; she knows how to win in Australia (she know how to win everywhere). Only time will tell if Kerber will have her measure again in 2017, or whether someone else can step up on the big stage.
The Australian Open is one of those events that all Australians, and in particular all Victorians should go to at least once. We are blessed to have such a major international sporting event in our own backyard year after year, and whether you are looking to entertain clients, staff, family or friends, there are options available to suit everyone.
You can see up and coming stars of world tennis and possible upsets in the early rounds, watch as the elite battle their way through quarter and semi-finals, or witness history as the finalists go head to head for the ultimate prize in the Australian Open Final. What’s stopping you? Go There!