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Aus Open in numbers: Rod Laver Arena to allow 14k spectators

February 04, 2021 14:16 IST

Number 2 seed Rafael Nadal at a practice session in Melbourne, ahead of the Australian Open, on Wednesday.

IMAGE: Number 2 seed Rafael Nadal at a practice session in Melbourne, ahead of the Australian Open, on Wednesday. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

PRIZE MONEY

Total prize pot: A$71 million ($54.26 million)

Singles winners: A$2.75 million

SHOWCOURTS

This year's Australian Open will be allowed to admit up to 30,000 fans a day, around 50% of usual capacity, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rod Laver Arena

Capacity: 14,820

 

The stadium is named after Australian great Rod Laver who won 11 Grand Slam titles, including three Australian Open trophies. He is also the only player to hold all four Grand Slam titles in a single year twice in his career - 1962 and 1969.

John Cain Arena

Capacity: 10,500

A multi-purpose arena opened in 2001, it is the second-largest court at Melbourne Park and is also used for other sports such as basketball and netball. The stadium was re-named in 2020 after former Victorian premier John Cain, who is credited with helping create the Melbourne Park precinct in the mid 1980s.

Margaret Court Arena

Capacity: 7,500

The stadium is named after Australian Margaret Court, who won 24 Grand Slam titles -- more than any player in history. She won the Australian Open 11 times between 1960 and 1973.

Total Attendance in 2020: 812,174

TOP SEEDS

Men's singles

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

2-Rafael Nadal (Spain)

3-Dominic Thiem (Austria)

4-Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

5-Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)

6-Alexander Zverev (Germany)

7-Andrey Rublev (Russia)

8-Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)

Women's singles

1-Ash Barty (Australia)

2-Simona Halep (Romania)

3-Naomi Osaka (Japan)

4-Sofia Kenin (U.S.)

5-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)

6-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)

7-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

8-Bianca Andreescu (Canada)

MOST CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

Men's singles

Before 1968

6 - Roy Emerson (Australia)

Open Era

8 - Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Women's singles

Before 1968

7 - Margaret Court (Australia) - She has won 11 in total.

Open Era

7 - Serena Williams (US)

YOUNGEST CHAMPION

Men's singles - Ken Rosewall (Australia) (1953) - 18 years, two months

Women's singles - Martina Hingis (Switzerland) (1997) - 16 years, three months

OLDEST CHAMPION

Men's singles - Ken Rosewall (Australia) (1972) - 37 years, two months

Women's singles - Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) (1954) - 35 years, 8 months.

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