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               The 2024 Australian Open: Countdown to Tennis Glory                                                                                                                                                 November 2023
                                                                                                                                   THE JOURNAL OF SPORT,  LEISURE & RISK  WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

                  The 2024 Australian Open:                                                                                           expanded to offer fans more opportunities to     Another player expected to return to the

                  Countdown to                                                                                                        get closer to their favourite players. Here, fans  Australian Open is the Australian sensation

                                                                                                                                      can sit in the front row of Rod Laver Arena,
                                                                                                                                                                                       Nick Kyrgios, who has been battling injuries
                                                                                                                                      witness emerging talents battling it out in the
                                                                                                                                                                                       and is motivated to provide fans with the
                                                                                                                                      qualifying matches, and enjoy a taste of the
                                                                                                                                                                                       entertainment they crave.
                  Tennis Glory                                                                                                        fun and excitement that makes the                Things to know about the Australian Open
                                                                                                                                      AO unique.

                                                                                                                                                                                       To get you even more excited about the
                                                                                                                                      One of the most exciting additions to
                                                                                                                                      the Australian Open experience is the
                                                                                                                                                                                       the tournament:
                                                                                                                                      AO Courtside Bar, a double-storey bar            Australian Open, here are some facts about
                    The anticipation for the 2024 Australian Open is reaching                                                         overlooking Court 6 that promises to be a
                    fever pitch, as fans and players alike prepare for a Grand Slam                                                   vibrant hub of entertainment. With more          •  The 2024 Australian Open will mark the
                                                                                                                                      shade across the precinct, the Australian
                    tournament like no other. This historic event, set to kick off on                                                 Open aims to create a comfortable and              45th anniversary of Mark Edmondson’s
                    Sunday, 14th January, 2024, marks the beginning of a new era in                                                   relaxing atmosphere for everyone.                  historic win as the lowest-ranked player
                                                                                                                                                                                         ever to win a Grand Slam.
                    Australian Open history. Here’s a closer look at what makes the
                    2024 Australian Open a thrilling spectacle on and off the court.                                                  In addition, special performances and a          •  The Australian Open is the only Grand
                                                                                                                                      grand showcase of Melbourne are planned to
                                                                                                                                                                                         Slam hosted in multiple countries, having
                                                                                                                                      celebrate the historic Sunday start, making it     taken place in New Zealand in the past.
                    A Sunday Start: A Game-Changer for              Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, and                                a day and night to remember for fans
                    Australian Open                                 Caroline Wozniacki, all former Australian                         and players.                                     •  Novak Djokovic holds an incredible
                                                                    Open champions, are planning their                                                                                   record with two hat-tricks, winning the
                    In a groundbreaking move, the 2024              triumphant returns to the court following                         Injured Tennis Stars Return                        tournament three times consecutively in
                    Australian Open will start on a Sunday for      maternity leave. Their resilience and                                                                                2011-2013 and 2019-2021.
                    the very first time. Tournament director        sportsmanship have made them beloved                              One of the most anticipated comebacks            •  The Extreme Heat Policy allows referees
                    Craig Tiley confirmed this revolutionary shift  figures in the tennis world, and their                            is that of Rafael Nadal, who will make his         to stop matches if the temperature
                    as a response to the fans’ demands for fair     comebacks are eagerly anticipated.                                return to the sport after a year off due to        exceeds 38 degrees Celsius.
                    and equitable scheduling, thus extending                                                                          injuries. Despite his current world ranking of
                    the event to 15 days. This exciting change      Additionally, the tennis world is abuzz with                      240th, Nadal’s return is a testament to his      •  The Australian Open is the most attended
                    will bring more opportunities to watch the      the exciting emergence of young talents                           determination and love for the game. While         Grand Slam, setting a new record with
                    world’s best players in the early rounds,       like Coco Gauff, who won the 2023 US                              his physical struggles persist, he’s eager to be   902,312 spectators in 2023.
                    and it’s a welcome relief for players who’ve    Open. With fresh faces and familiar names                         back on the court and compete.
                    criticised late-night matches in the past.      in the mix, the Australian Open promises                                                                           The 2024 Australian Open is set to be a
                                                                    unmatched unpredictability and excitement.                        This could be his last year at the peak of the   tennis spectacle like no other, with historic
                    Players’ Spectacular Comebacks                                                                                    tennis world. In May, he said that “my idea      changes, epic comebacks, and a host of off-
                                                                    Exciting Changes to the Australian Open                           and my motivation is to try to enjoy and try     court experiences to make it unforgettable.
                    The 2024 Australian Open promises to be         Experience                                                        to say goodbye to all the tournaments that       Tennis fans around the world are counting
                    an unforgettable showcase of remarkable                                                                           have been important for me in my tennis          down the days to the Sunday start and the
                    comebacks, featuring several tennis legends  The Australian Open is more than just                                career during [next] year, and just try to enjoy  incredible journey that lies ahead. Get ready
                    and fan favourites who have returned to the     a tennis tournament; it’s a three-week                            that, being competitive and enjoying being       for a thrilling prelude to tennis glory
                    sport with a renewed sense of purpose.          extravaganza of tennis and entertainment.                         on the court, something that today is            in Melbourne.
                                                                    The tournament’s Opening Week has been                            not possible.”

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