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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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 on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Usually the tournament begins on a Monday and is a 14-day tournament.
Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has decided to start the event on a Sunday and include an extra day in a bid to avoid late-night finishes and scheduling pressures.
During the 2023 event, the match between Andy Murray and Thanasi Kokkinakis didn’t finish until after 4am.
“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.”