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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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