Who’s playing Australian Open 2020? Federer, Williams and more
Check out our ace guide on the Australian Open 2020.
- Location: Melbourne, Australia
- Venues: Rod Laver Arena (capacity: 14,820), Melbourne Arena (capacity: 10,500), Margaret Court Arena (capacity: 7,500)
- Attendance: 780,000 (2019)
- Prize purse: $62.5 million AUD (£33.5 million)
- Defending champions: Novak Djokovic (men’s singles); Nicolas Mahut Pierre-Hugues Herbert (men’s doubles); Naomi Osaka (women’s singles); Samantha Stosur Zhang Shuai (women’s doubles)
When is the Australian Open 2020?
The 2020 Australian Open hits the clay courts in Melbourne from 20 January to February. The 115-year-old event’s organisers have promised its footprint will be the biggest of any Grand Slam tournament in world tennis, stretching across the city’s centre.
It will start at Federation Square, in the heart of the Melbourne, and continue through Birrarung Marr and Melbourne Park onto Richmond Station. The Australian Open has also become a full cultural experience, including food, entertainment and more.
“The Australian Open really takes over the city, and Melbourne embraces the event with more enthusiasm and excitement than any of the other Grand Slams,” said Craig Tiley, Australian Open tournament director, to ATP Tour.
Is Andy Murray playing at the 2020 Australian Open?
As the scale of the Australian Open grows, it continues to attract the world’s biggest male and female players. This year will include 100 in total.
“Both the men’s and women’s fields are extraordinary and filled with a mixture of former champions and amazing newcomers," Tiley tells Tennis World.
Among them are Scottish superstar Andy Murray. Tiley confirmed the former No. 1 would be participating via Australian radio station Triple M early last month. Murray has been struggling with debilitating hip issues that nearly ended his singles career.
After losing to Roberto Bautista at the 2019 Australian Open, Murray claimed that tournament could be his last: “I’ve pretty much done everything I could to get my hip feeling better — I feel like I’m in a better place than I was six months ago, but I’m still in a lot of pain. It’s been tough. I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament.”
Fortunately, after a hip surgery two weeks later, it appears as though Murray is back in the game.
Will the Big Three be at the Australian Open?
Murray will be joined at the 2020 Australian Open by Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who announced he will be skipping the newly minted ATP Cup in order to play in Melbourne come January.
Express quotes Federer as saying, “It pains me to not be a part of the most exciting new event on the calendar, but this is the right thing to do if I want to continue to play for a longer period of time on the ATP Tour.”
He adds: “For my Australian fans, I look forward to seeing you all at the Australian Open, fresh and ready to go.”
Federer has a been year ahead of him, having announced that he also plans on playing the French Open, Wimbledon, the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo as well as the US Open. He will face off against world No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, who has won a record seven Australian Open singles titles.
Rafael Nadal is also keen to smash his 20th Grand Slam singles title, which would equal Federer’s current record. The Big Three have some young aces to worry about as well in the form of rising stars Danil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Athens-born Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is wildly popular among Melbourne’s large Greek community.
Which women are playing at the 2020 Australian Open?
On the women’s side, Japan’s Naomi Osaka is defending her Australian Open championship against living legend Serena Williams — who has yet to win a Grand Slam title since 2017. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters is also going for gold after getting back into the game following motherhood.
World No. 1, Australia’s own Ashleigh Barty, will also be keen to make her mark on her home turf. Nicknamed “She the North”, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is also one to watch after taking the US Open earlier this year.
Other big names headed for Melbourne’s clay courts include Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova. The 2020 Australian Open 2020 will also include former champions Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams.
Who are the favourites to win?
According to odds tracker SportsBettingDime, the most likely names to take the men’s singles title at the 2020 Australian Open are Novak Djokovic (+150), Rafael Nadal (+300), Roger Federer (+550), Daniil Medvedev (+1000) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (+1400). On the women’s side, they are Serena Williams (+350), Naomi Osaka (+500), Bianca Andreescu (+700), Petra Kvitova (+750) and Simona Halep (+900).
It seems for both the men and women, the 2020 Australian Open is pitting the champions against the challengers — with a fresh crop of tennis players rising to the occasion. That said, it really is still anybody’s game.
Be there: 2020 Australian Open