Australian Open 2023: Massive record created on the opening day of marquee event. Find out the details

Rafael Nadal

The 2023 Australian Open, one of the world’s biggest tournaments is scheduled to held from 16-29 January. This Grand Slam tennis tournament is taking place at Melbourne park and the first Grand Slam of the year, and overall is 111th edition and the 55th in the Open Era. Professional players can compete in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions in the tournament.

The current champions in men’s and women’s singles are Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty, respectively. After quitting the sport in March 2022, Barty made the decision not to defend her championship. Whereas, following the reversal of his three-year suspension, nine-time champion Novak Djokovic will be able to compete this season.

When the event was contested in Australia in 2022, the country’s regulations required foreign visitors to be vaccinated; as a result, the ban was first imposed on him when he was deported in 2022. However, the restriction has since been lifted as a result of the removal of the vaccine requirement.

With the beggining of this year’s edition on 16 January, it’s great to see that craze and love for the event has gone to different heights as the the audience were present in huge amount, nearly 80000 on the opening day of the tournament, in which the Day attendance was recorded 49,274 and the night attendance was 28,670. It has been a record crowd for Day 1 in the tournament.

These figures have been more than those of the previous editions as the Day 1 attendance increased by 77,944 spectators, breaking the previous record of 72,424 set in 2017. Due to this immense love and interest for the event, Courts and grounds were filled with the audience.