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Australian Open 2013 – The Final Word From Tennis Australia

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(January 28, 2013) Facts and figures about the 2013 Australian Open from Tennis Australia:

Two classic finals, nine Australian finalists and massive crowds have highlighted Australian Open 2013 at Melbourne Park.

 

Top seeds and world No. 1s Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) successfully defended their Australian Open titles in two thrilling singles finals, while Australian pair Jarmila Gajdosova (Vic) and Matt Ebden (WA) claimed the mixed doubles title, locals Ashleigh Barty (Qld) and Casey Dellacqua (WA) finished runners-up in the women’s doubles event, junior world No. 1 Nick Kyrgios (ACT) took out the boys’ singles title over countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA), Jay Andrijic (NSW) and Bradley Mousley (SA) won the boys’ doubles title and Adam Kellerman (NSW) was a runner-up in the men’s wheelchair doubles.

 

After 14 days of blistering on- and off-court action at Melbourne Park, this is the final word.

On-court action

 

  • · Novak Djokovic (SRB) became the first man since Australian tennis legend Roy Emerson to win three Australian Open singles titles in a row, defeating Andy Murray (GBR) 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-2 in the final. Djokovic was presented with the trophy by four-time Australian Open singles champion Andre Agassi

 

  • · World No. 1 and top seed Victoria Azarenka (BLR) became the eighth woman in history to win back-to-back Australian Open singles titles, defeating sixth seed Li Na (CHN) 4-6 6-4 6-3. In 2012 Azarenka became only the second player ever to win both junior (2005) and women’s singles titles after Chris O’Neil (AUS) achieved the feat in 1978
  • · Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) claimed a record thirteenth Grand Slam men’s doubles title with a win over Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3 6-4. The win saw the Bryan brothers move past Australian greats John Newcombe and Tony Roche, winners of 12 major titles, to become the most successful doubles pair in tennis history
  • · Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy won the women’s doubles title, taking three sets to defeat unseeded Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2 3-6 6-2
  • · Australian wildcards Jarmila Gajdosova (Vic) and Matt Ebden (WA) claimed their first Grand Slam mixed doubles title with a straight sets win over Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5
  • · Australian world No.1 junior Nick Kyrgios (ACT) won the boys’ singles championship, defeating Aussie wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA) 7-6(4) 6-3 to claim his first major

junior singles title

  • · Croatian No. 3 seed Ana Konjuh defeated second seed Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-3 6-4 to claim the girls’ singles title
  • · Aniek Van Koot (NED) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) took out the women’s and men’s wheelchair singles titles respectively. Top seeded Dutch pair Aniek Van Koot and Jiske Griffioen won the women’s wheelchair doubles, while No. 2 seeds Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) and Shingo Kunieda (JPN) claimed the men’s wheelchair doubles. David Wagner (USA) took out the quad wheelchair singles and teamed with countryman Nicholas Taylor to win the quad wheelchair doubles

 

  • · Five former world No. 1s and a further nine former top 10 players contested the annual Legends event. Mats Wilander, Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Amelie Mauresmo all returned to the courts at Melbourne Park

 

  • · Australia’s Bernard Tomic (Qld) won his way into the third round with wins over Leonardo Mayer (ARG) and Daniel Brands (GER), before going down to his childhood hero Roger Federer (SUI)
  • · There were 15 Grand Slam champions with a collective 60 Grand Slam singles titles in the main draw: Novak Djokovic (SRB), Roger Federer (SUI), Andy Murray (GBR), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS), Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Serena Williams

(USA), Venus Williams (USA), Maria Sharapova (RUS), Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS), Samantha Stosur (AUS), Ana Ivanovic (SER), Petra Kvitova (CZE), Li Na (CHN) and Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

 

  • · Forty-seven nations were represented among the 256 players competing in main draw singles. There were 39 countries represented in the men’s singles and 40 in the women’s singles draw

 

  • · A total of 548 players competed across all main draw events, including juniors, wheelies and legends
  • · 764 sets were played in 127 matches in the men’s draw, with 60 matches (47 per cent) going beyond three sets. In 127 matches in the women’s field, 41 matches (32 per cent) went to three sets

 

  • · Canada’s Milos Raonic clocked the fastest serve of the tournament at 233km/h and served 90 aces in four matches, the most of any man in the draw

 

  • · Serena Williams (USA) recorded the fastest serve in the women’s draw at 207km/h, as well as posting the highest number of aces with 34 for the tournament
  • · A total of 943 challenges were made by players during the tournament, an average of 8.51 per match for the men and 4.58 per match for the women. Of the total challenges made only 29 per cent were overturned. Novak Djokovic (SRB) had the most calls overturned with 11 successful challenges (18 unsuccessful)

 

  • · Australian tennis great Roy Emerson was honoured at the annual Legends Lunch. The 1963 men’s singles champion was joined at the event by Australian Open champions from the past six decades: Ken Rosewall (1953), John Newcombe (1973), Mats Wilander (1983), Jim Courier (1993) and Andre Agassi (2003)

Attendance

  • · A crowd of 684,457 fans attended Australian Open 2013. The all-time Australian Open attendance record of 686,006 was set in 2012
  • · A record daily attendance was achieved at 15 sessions this year, including a Grand Slam event daily attendance record on the middle Saturday, Heineken Day, with 80,735 on site, up from 80,649 in 2012

 

  • · The recently opened $366 million Stage 1 phase of the Melbourne Park redevelopment project provided players with eight new Italian clay courts, eight indoor practice courts and five outdoor practice courts, as well as a new gymnasium, treatment and recovery rooms. Fans had access to more open spaces, shaded areas, improved ticket facilities and more food and beverage options than ever before at Melbourne Park
  • · Famous faces in the crowd included Shane Warne, Elizabeth Hurley, Kevin Spacey, Geoffrey Rush, Audrina Patridge, Greg Norman , Alessandro Del Piero and Cathy Freeman

 

Broadcast and media

 

  • · More than 720 journalists, photographers and videographers provided detailed coverage of the Australian Open including 315 international media from 40 different countries. Asian media represented 22 per cent of all international accredited media

 

  • · More than 1000 broadcast media were accredited, covering more than 27 networks and broadcasting to more than 200 countries

Digital & social media (all data as at 26 January 2013)

  • · As at 26 January there were 14.1 million unique visitors to australianopen.com throughout the tournament period
  • · The most popular female players of the event were Sloane Stephens (252,444 player profile views), Maria Sharapova (222,476), Victoria Azarenka (193,901), Li Na (184,469) and Serena Williams (143,909). The most popular male players were Roger Federer (348,799), Novak Djokovic (239,884), Andy Murray (178,949), Jeremy Chardy (116,689) and Bernard Tomic (113,062)
  • · The new Mandarin scoreboard, syndicated to Australian Open Chinese online partner Tencent, was popularly received with 6.6 million page downloads reported by information technology partner IBM

 

  • · The AO Facebook page grew to 887,158 likes and a weekly reach of 6.1 million. On Twitter, @australianopen grew to 155,738 followers, with 24/7 event coverage and exclusive behind-the-scenes posts. The most re-tweeted post was ‘Game, set, and epic match Novak #Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-5 6-7 12-10 over Stanislas #Wawrinka #ausopen’, which was retweeted 1293 times
  • · The official Australian Open Android app attracted 47 million page views; 115 million from the iPhone app and 18 million from mobile site m.australianopen.com. Combined mobile views to the website had increased by 98 per cent following the women’s final. Total app downloads (including updates) were: 918,966 iPhone and 601,640 Android
  • · Millions of tennis fans tuned into AOTV and the live coverage of Australian Open 2013, presented by Optus on the tournament’s official mobile apps. AOTV (including live and VOD) accrued 7,091,234 views (561,973 hours of content), while AOTV views on the official Australian Open YouTube channel doubled to 8,865,829


Information technology

  • · 45km of network cables wired throughout the venue and 6km of new fibre optic
  • · Approximately 42,000 devices detected by AO Wi-Fi, with an average connection of 40 minutes per user
  • · 334 AO Vision systems (IPTV) were installed, including 328 in media and broadcast areas
  • · 60TB of data and video assets stored by Tennis Australia during the event

 

Tournament operations

  • · The Wilson stringers hut restrung 3646 racquets using 44km of string
  • · 85 racquets were rapidly restrung for players during match play
  • · Serena Williams (USA) had the most racquets restrung of all players in the main draw, sending 43 racquets to the stringers
  • · Matches were officiated by 343 umpires and linespersons from approximately 30 countries, including China, Egypt, Greece, Norway and Brazil
  • · There were more than 380 ballkids including 338 from Victoria, 23 from interstate, 20 from Korea and six from China
  • · More than 45,000 Wilson tennis balls were used, with all used match balls re-canned and sold to fans and local tennis clubs

 

  • · More than 2500 official Australian Open towels were used by players on Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and the show courts
  • · 30,001 towels and 2985 bags of player clothing were laundered
  • · Fans enjoyed a selection of food and beverages including more than 35,000 gourmet sausages, 70,000 sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and cobs, and more than145,000 bottles
    of Mount Franklin water
  • · In the exclusive Player Café more than 2900 portions of pasta, 3500 portions of meat, fish and vegetables, and 2500 portions of made-to-order sushi were served
  • · Players were transported by a fleet of more than 100 Kia cars during the tournament, with over 40,000 journeys made by 215 drivers. The Kia fleet clocked up more than 400,000km
  • · A host of players and celebrities, including three-time men’s singles champion Mats Wilander, four-time women’s singles champion Martina Hingis and 2013 men’s doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) participated in video interviews for Kia Open Drive. Videos can be viewed at australianopen.com
  • · Major sponsor Kia and official tournament outfitter Lacoste extended their partnerships with the Australian Open for a further five years, through until 2018

 

  • · 5000 staff, contractors and volunteers employed by Tennis Australia, Melbourne Olympic Parks Trust (MOPT) and catering suppliers Delaware North worked behind the scenes throughout the tournament fortnight

 

Community tennis

 

  • · A record crowd attended Kids Tennis Day on Saturday 12 January, highlighted by the Rod Laver Arena Spectacular with world No. 1s Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR), Roger Federer (SUI), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), Serena Williams (USA) and Ana Ivanovic (SRB). The event was produced in association with Nickelodeon for the first time.
  • · 73 MLC Tennis Hot Shots and Super 10s participants tossed the coin prior to matches, and 610 kids played in MLC Tennis Hot Shots exhibitions on show courts across Melbourne Park
  • · 38,410 fans visited MLC Fan Zone on Grand Slam Oval, a fun and interactive grassroots tennis precinct for children aged 10 years and under
  • · 12,250 fans, including celebrities Andre Agassi, Redfoo and Joel Parkinson, played on the MLC Tennis Hot Shots courts at Melbourne Park
  • · Cardio Tennis, launched in 2012, was showcased in front of thousands of fans on Margaret Court Arena. Activation participants burned 799,505 calories while involved in Cardio Tennis activities
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