Australian Open dates: When does 2024 tennis tournament start?

The Australian Open will have major changes in 2024 with a new start date designed to take the pressure off scheduling.

Past grand slam events at Melbourne Park have seen marathon late-night finishes that are tough for both players and fans.

But multiple measures have now been implemented in a bid to avoid complications across the event.

The Sporting News explains the changes for Australian Open 2024.

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When does Australian Open 2024 start?

Australian Open 2024 will commence on Sunday, January 14 and become a 15-day event for the first time, finishing on Sunday, January 28.

This will see the first round run over three days instead of two, taking place over Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Usually, the tournament begins on a Monday and is a 14-day event.

Why has the Australian Open start date changed?

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has decided to start the event on a Sunday and include an extra day to avoid late-night finishes and scheduling pressures.

During the 2023 event, a match between Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis didn’t finish until after 4:00 am local time.

“We’ve listened to feedback from the players and fans and are excited to deliver a solution to minimise late finishes while continuing to provide a fair and equitable schedule on the stadium courts,” Tiley said.

“The additional day will achieve this, benefiting scheduling for fans and players alike. The first round will now be played over three days instead of two, also giving fans an extra day of unbelievable tennis, entertainment, food and family fun.

“Every year our team works hard to bring fans an event that feels new and exciting, and this is another opportunity to grow what is already the biggest annual sporting event in the world in January.”

What else has changed for Australian Open 2024?

  • Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena day sessions to feature a minimum of two matches – down from three.
  • The number of playing sessions for the event has been increased from 47 to 52 with the extra day.


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