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2015 Australian Open
Date 19 January – 1 February 2015
Edition 103rd
Category Grand Slam (ITF)
Draw 128S/64D/32X
Prize money A$40,000,000
Surface Hard (Plexicushion)
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Venue Melbourne Park
Attendance 703,899
Champions
Men's Singles
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Women's Singles
United States Serena Williams
Men's Doubles
Italy Simone Bolelli / Italy Fabio Fognini
Women's Doubles
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Mixed Doubles
Switzerland Martina Hingis / India Leander Paes
Boys' Singles
Russia Roman Safiullin
Girls' Singles
Slovakia Tereza Mihalíková
Boys' Doubles
Australia Jake Delaney / Australia Marc Polmans
Girls' Doubles
Czech Republic Miriam Kolodziejová / Czech Republic Markéta Vondroušová
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Netherlands Jiske Griffioen
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Australia Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
France Stéphane Houdet / Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Japan Yui Kamiji / United Kingdom Jordanne Whiley
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United States David Wagner
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The 2015 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park from 19 January to 1 February 2015. It was the 103rd edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

Stan Wawrinka was the defending champion in men's singles but lost to four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. Reigning women's champion Li Na did not defend her title, as she retired from professional tennis in September, 2014.[1] Novak Djokovic won an Open Era record fifth men's singles crown by defeating Andy Murray in the final, and this was the third time they met each other in the final.[2] Serena Williams won an Open Era record six women's singles championships by defeating Maria Sharapova in the final, and this was the second time they met each other in the final.[3]

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini teamed up to win the men's doubles title for the first time over the team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.[4] Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová teamed up to win the women's doubles crown for the first time over the team of Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie.[5] Martina Hingis and Leander Paes teamed up to win the mixed doubles title, it was the second for Hingis and third for Paes, over the defending champions Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor.[6]

Tournament[edit]

Rod Laver Arena where the Finals of the Australian Open take place

The 2015 Australian Open was the 103rd edition of the tournament and was held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2015 ATP World Tour and the 2015 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which was part of the Grade A category of tournaments, and also singles, doubles and quad events for men's and women's wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.

The tournament was played on hard courts and took place over a series of 16 courts with Plexicushion surface, including the three main showcourts – Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena.[7] The latter was unveiled with a capacity increase from 6,000 to 7,500 and also as the third Melbourne Park venue with fully operational retractable roof to make the Australian Open the first Grand Slam tournament with three such tennis stadiums.[8] Partly due to the new roof, the 2015 event set an all-time attendance record of 703,899 fans. The cooler than normal temperatures may also have played a role.[9]

Broadcast[edit]

The tournament was broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world. In Australia, all matches were broadcast live by the Seven Network on the network's primary channel under the banner Seven Sport. In the Asia/Pacific region, the tournament was covered by CCTV, iQiyi, SMG (China), Fiji One (Fiji), Sony SIX (India), WOWOW, NHK (Japan), Sky TV (New Zealand) and Fox Sports Asia, in Europe by Eurosport, NOS (Netherlands), SRG SSR (Switzerland) and BBC (United Kingdom), in the Middle East by beIN Sports, in Africa by SuperSport, while in the Americas coverage was provided by ESPN.[10]

In 2015, live coverage emanated from all sixteen courts. Qualifying tournaments, draw ceremony and Kids' Day were shown on official tournament website, AusOpen.com.[11]

Controversy[edit]

Following a second round victory in Women's singles Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was approached by an interviewer, Ian Cohen, who cited tweets made by Bouchard the previous evening which complimented fellow competitor Serena Williams's on court attire. The interviewer, explaining that Williams "was kind enough to give us a twirl," asked Bouchard to offer her own twirl.[12] Though Bouchard obliged, the request was met with criticism, with many accusing the interviewer of being sexist.[13] The controversy was referred to by some media outlets as "twirlgate."[14] Billie Jean King responded to the interview by saying "This is truly sexist. If you ask the women, you have to ask the guys to twirl as well." For her part, Bouchard said the request would not be sexist if men were asked to "flex their muscles and stuff." At least one media outlet pointed out that as part of a pre-tournament interview Rafael Nadal was asked to take off his shirt for the enjoyment of female fans.[15]

Point and prize money distribution[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

Senior points[edit]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's Singles 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Men's Doubles 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Women's Singles 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Women's Doubles 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Prize money[edit]

The Australian Open total prize money for 2015 was increased to A$40,000,000, with men's and women's singles champions to receive a tournament-record 3.1 million Australian dollars reward.[16] Out of total prize money, A$28,796,000 was paid for players competing in singles main draw, further A$1,344,000 for players, who lost in qualifying, A$5,165,200 – for doubles players, A$480,000 for mixed doubles players and A$605,330 for competitors in other events, while A$3,609,470 was used to cover other fees, including players' per diem and trophies.[17]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 1281 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles A$3,100,000 A$1,550,000 A$650,000 A$340,000 A$175,000 A$97,500 A$60,000 A$34,500 A$16,000 A$8,000 A$4,000
Doubles* A$575,000 A$285,000 A$142,500 A$71,000 A$39,000 A$23,000 A$14,800 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mixed Doubles* A$142,500 A$71,500 A$35,600 A$16,300 A$8,200 A$4,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

1Qualifiers prize money is also the Round of 128 prize money.
*per team

Singles players[edit]

2015 Australian Open – Men's Singles

2015 Australian Open – Women's Singles

Day-by-day summaries[edit]

Events[edit]

Seniors[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

This was the third time these two players met in the final. The other two times were in 2011 and 2013, when Djokovic won. This time would prove no different with Djokovic winning his fifth title, an Open Era record, to go along with his titles in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013.[2] This victory was Djokovic's eighth grand slam title, tying him in the Open Era with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. This was Murray's fourth loss in the final of the Australian Open, three of them to Djokovic and one to Roger Federer in 2010. This marks the first time since Björn Borg at the US Open that someone has lost all four of his final appearances at a particular grand slam event.

Women's Singles[edit]

This marked the second time these two players met in the final. The other time was in 2007, which Williams won. This time would be exactly the same, with Williams winning her sixth title (an Open Era record), to go along with wins in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010.[3] This was her nineteenth career grand slam singles title, behind only Steffi Graf's twenty-two titles in the Open Era of tennis. This was Sharapova's third loss in the final; the other two losses were in 2012 to Victoria Azarenka and to Williams in 2007. Sharapova won the title in 2008.

Men's Doubles[edit]

This was the first men's doubles title for the team of Bolelli and Fognini at the event and in their respective careers.[4]

Women's Doubles[edit]

This was the first women's doubles title for the team of Mattek-Sands and Šafářová at the event and in their respective careers.[5] One of their finalist opponents, Zheng Jie won the title in 2006 with Yan Zi.

Mixed Doubles[edit]

This was a match of past mixed doubles champions at the event, which Hingis won with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006, while her partner Paes won titles in 2003 with Martina Navratilova and in 2010 with Cara Black.[6] Their finalist opponents' won the event last year, but Nestor won titles in 2007 with Elena Likhovtseva and 2011 with Katarina Srebotnik. This was Hingis' second mixed doubles title for her career, and for Paes' it is his seventh mixed doubles grand slam crown for his career.

Juniors[edit]

Boys' Singles[edit]

Girls' Singles[edit]

Boys' Doubles[edit]

Girls' Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Singles[edit]

Wheelchair Men's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Women's Doubles[edit]

Wheelchair Quad Doubles[edit]

Singles seeds[edit]

Seedings are based on rankings as of 12 January 2015. Rankings and points before are as of 19 January 2015.
Points defending includes results from both the 2014 Australian Open and tournaments from the week of 27 January 2014 (Davis Cup for the men, and Paris and Pattaya for the women).

Men's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points Before
Points defending
Points won Points After Status
1
1
Serbia Novak Djokovic
11,405
360
2,000
13,045
Champion, won against United Kingdom Andy Murray [6]
2
2
Switzerland Roger Federer
9,875
720 + 40
90
9,205
Third Round lost to Italy Andreas Seppi
3
3
Spain Rafael Nadal
6,585
1,200
360
5,745
Quarterfinals lost to Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych [7]
4
4
Switzerland Stan Wawrinka
5,370
2,000 + 40
720
4,050
Semifinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
5
5
Japan Kei Nishikori
5,025
180
360
5,205
Quarterfinals lost to Switzerland Stan Wawrinka [4]
6
6
United Kingdom Andy Murray
4,675
360 + 145
1,200 + 90
5,460
Runner-up, lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
7
7
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych
4,660
720
720
4,660
Semifinals lost to United Kingdom Andy Murray [6]
8
8
Canada Milos Raonic
4,575
90
360
4,845
Quarterfinals lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
9
10
Spain David Ferrer
4,145
360
180
3,965
Fourth Round lost to Japan Kei Nishikori [5]
10
11
Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov
3,645
360
180
3,465
Fourth Round lost to United Kingdom Andy Murray [6]
11
13
Latvia Ernests Gulbis
2,455
45
10
2,420
First Round lost to Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis [WC]
12
14
Spain Feliciano López
2,130
90
180
2,220
Fourth Round lost to Canada Milos Raonic [8]
13
16
Spain Roberto Bautista Agut
2,110
180
45
1,975
Second Round lost to Luxembourg Gilles Müller
14
15
South Africa Kevin Anderson
2,125
180
180
2,125
Fourth Round lost to Spain Rafael Nadal [3]
15
17
Spain Tommy Robredo
2,015
180
10
1,845
First Round retired vs France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
16
18
Italy Fabio Fognini
1,790
180 + 80
10
1,540
First Round lost to Colombia Alejandro González
17
19
France Gaël Monfils
1,770
90
45
1,725
Second Round lost to Poland Jerzy Janowicz
18
20
France Gilles Simon
1,730
90
90
1,730
Third Round lost to Spain David Ferrer [9]
19
21
United States John Isner
1,685
10
90
1,765
Third Round lost to Luxembourg Gilles Müller
20
22
Belgium David Goffin
1,669
(35) + 55
45 + 35
1,659
Second Round lost to Cyprus Marcos Baghdatis
21
23
Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov
1,455
45
10
1,420
First Round lost to Italy Paolo Lorenzi
22
24
Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber
1,415
0
45
1,460
Second Round lost to Australia Bernard Tomic
23
27
Croatia Ivo Karlović
1,365
10
45
1,400
Second Round lost to Australia Nick Kyrgios
24
28
France Richard Gasquet
1,350
90 + 40
90
1,310
Third Round lost to South Africa Kevin Anderson [14]
25
25
France Julien Benneteau
1,390
45
10
1,355
First Round lost to Germany Benjamin Becker
26
26
Argentina Leonardo Mayer
1,389
45
45
1,389
Second Round lost to Serbia Viktor Troicki
27
29
Uruguay Pablo Cuevas
1,227
(20)
10
1,217
First Round lost to Germany Matthias Bachinger [Q]
28
30
Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol
1,210
10
45
1,245
Second Round lost to Israel Dudi Sela
29
31
France Jérémy Chardy
1,195
90
45
1,150
Second Round lost to Italy Andreas Seppi
30
32
Colombia Santiago Giraldo
1,175
10
45
1,210
Second Round lost to United States Steve Johnson
31
33
Spain Fernando Verdasco
1,135
45
90
1,180
Third Round lost to Serbia Novak Djokovic [1]
32
34
Slovakia Martin Kližan
1,133
106
45
1,072
Second Round retired vs Portugal João Sousa

Withdrawn players[edit]

Rank Player Points Before
Points defending
Points won Points After Withdrawal reason
9
Croatia Marin Čilić
4,150
45
0
4,105
Shoulder injury[18]
12
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2,740
180 + 40
0
2,520
Forearm inflammation[19]

Women's Singles[edit]

Seed Rank Player Points Before
Points defending
Points won Points After Status
1
1
United States Serena Williams
8,016
240
2,000
9,776
Champion, won against Russia Maria Sharapova [2]
2
2
Russia Maria Sharapova
7,335
240 + 185
1,300
8,210
Runner-up, lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
3
3
Romania Simona Halep
6,571
430
430
6,571
Quarterfinals lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova [10]
4
4
Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
6,360
10
130
6,480
Third Round lost to United States Madison Keys
5
5
Serbia Ana Ivanovic
4,845
430
10
4,425
First Round lost to Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká [Q]
6
6
Poland Agnieszka Radwańska
4,810
780
240
4,270
Fourth Round lost to United States Venus Williams [18]
7
7
Canada Eugenie Bouchard
4,715
780
430
4,365
Quarterfinals lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [2]
8
8
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
4,625
130
70
4,565
Second Round lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka
9
9
Germany Angelique Kerber
3,360
240
10
3,130
First Round lost to Romania Irina-Camelia Begu
10
11
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
2,970
240 + 280
780 + 55
3,285
Semifinals lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [2]
11
10
Slovakia Dominika Cibulková
3,007
1,300
430
2,137
Quarterfinals lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
12
12
Italy Flavia Pennetta
2,861
430
10
2,441
First Round lost to Italy Camila Giorgi
13
13
Germany Andrea Petkovic
2,780
10 + 100
10 + 55
2,735
First Round lost to United States Madison Brengle
14
14
Italy Sara Errani
2,735
10 + 305
130 + 1
2,551
Third Round lost to Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
15
15
Serbia Jelena Janković
2,590
240
10
2,360
First Round lost to Switzerland Timea Bacsinszky
16
16
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
2,545
130
10
2,425
First Round lost to Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
17
17
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
2,415
130
10
2,295
First Round lost to Germany Carina Witthöft
18
18
United States Venus Williams
2,370
10
430
2,790
Quarterfinals lost to United States Madison Keys
19
19
France Alizé Cornet
2,255
130 + 185
130 + 55
2,125
Third Round lost to Slovakia Dominika Cibulková [11]
20
21
Australia Samantha Stosur
1,895
130
70
1,835
Second Round lost to United States Coco Vandeweghe
21
22
China Peng Shuai
1,880
10 + 60
240 + 30
2,080
Fourth Round lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [2]
22
20
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková
2,075
70 + 180
130 + 60
2,015
Third Round lost to Russia Ekaterina Makarova [10]
23
25
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
1,820
130 + 470
10 + 1
1,231
First Round lost to Belgium Yanina Wickmayer
24
24
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
1,845
240
240
1,845
Fourth Round lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
25
23
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
1,870
70
130
1,930
Third Round lost to Belarus Victoria Azarenka
26
26
Ukraine Elina Svitolina
1,780
130 + 100
130 + 60
1,740
Third Round lost to United States Serena Williams [1]
27
27
Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
1,730
10 + 30
10 + 1
1,701
First Round lost to France Caroline Garcia
28
28
Germany Sabine Lisicki
1,681
70 + 30
10 + 1
1,592
First Round lost to France Kristina Mladenovic
29
29
Australia Casey Dellacqua
1,542
240
70
1,372
Second Round lost to United States Madison Keys
30
30
United States Varvara Lepchenko
1,480
70
130
1,540
Third Round lost to Poland Agnieszka Radwańska [6]
31
31
Kazakhstan Zarina Diyas
1,460
170
130
1,420
Third Round lost to Russia Maria Sharapova [2]
32
34
Switzerland Belinda Bencic
1,391
110 + 12
10 + 1
1,280
First Round lost to Germany Julia Görges

Doubles seeds[edit]

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Team Rank1 Seed
India Sania Mirza Brazil Bruno Soares 16 1
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Brazil Marcelo Melo 18 2
France Kristina Mladenovic Canada Daniel Nestor 22 3
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková Austria Alexander Peya 25 4
Zimbabwe Cara Black Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal 26 5
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova Serbia Nenad Zimonjić 28 6
Switzerland Martina Hingis India Leander Paes 34 7
Czech Republic Květa Peschke Poland Marcin Matkowski 37 8
  • 1 Rankings are as of 12 January 2015.

Main draw wildcard entries[edit]

As part of an agreement between Tennis Australia, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the French Tennis Federation (FFT), one male and one female player from the United States and France received a wild card into the Australian Open singles event. USTA gave it to Denis Kudla and Irina Falconi, thanks to their positions in 2014 USTA Pro Circuit's Australian Open Wild Card Challenge standing,[20] while Lucas Pouille and Océane Dodin were chosen by internal FFT selection.[21]

Further four wildcards were awarded at Asia-Pacific Australian Open Wildcard Playoff into the men's and women's singles and doubles main draw events,[22] while Tennis Australia organized its own playoff competitions, where Jordan Thompson, Daria Gavrilova and Sam Thompson & Masa Jovanovic mixed doubles team received entries to Australian Open.[23]

Remaining wildcard places were filled by Australian internal selection.

Main draw qualifier entries[edit]

The qualifying competition took place in Melbourne Park on 14 – 17 January 2015.[24]

Withdrawals[edit]

The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament but withdrew.

Retirements[edit]

Men's Singles

References[edit]

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