The first grand slam tournament of the year is here with the 2024 Australian Open. Qualifying has come to a close and the first round gets started on Sunday, January 14. The tournament will run two weeks and conclude on January 28th with the men’s singles final. This year marks many changes for the tennis tournament including the longest-ever, with an extra Sunday added.
Recent data has shown that tennis matches are now longer than usual, so the implementation of the extra Sunday will help reduce late finishes along with the pressures and concerns that surround it.
“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,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said in a statement.
The historic Sunday start increases the number of AO sessions in the three arenas from 47 to 52. The day session at Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena will feature a minimum of two matches, down from three, to limit the potential of late finishes. Night sessions will continue to feature at least two matches, and the John Cain Arena schedule remains the same.