2017 Australian Open

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2017 Australian Open
Date16–29 January 2017
CategoryGrand Slam
Draw128S / 64D /
Prize moneyA$ 50,000,000
SurfaceHard (Plexicushion)
LocationMelbourne, Australia
VenueMelbourne Park
Men's singles
Switzerland Roger Federer
Women's singles
United States Serena Williams
Men's doubles
Finland Henri Kontinen / Australia John Peers
Women's doubles
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Mixed doubles
United States Abigail Spears / Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Wheelchair men's singles
Argentina Gustavo Fernández
Wheelchair women's singles
Japan Yui Kamiji
Wheelchair quad singles
Australia Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair men's doubles
Belgium Joachim Gérard / United Kingdom Gordon Reid
Wheelchair women's doubles
Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Netherlands Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair quad doubles
United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United States David Wagner
Boys' singles
Hungary Zsombor Piros
Girls' singles
Ukraine Marta Kostyuk
Boys' doubles
Chinese Taipei Hsu Yu-hsiou / China Zhao Lingxi
Girls' doubles
Canada Bianca Andreescu / United States Carson Branstine
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The 2017 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park between 16 and 29 January 2017. It was the 105th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments. As in previous years, the tournament's title sponsor was Kia.

Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were the defending champions and both were unsuccessful in their title defence; they lost to Denis Istomin and CoCo Vandeweghe in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. For the first time since the 2004 French Open, both No. 1 seeds lost before the quarterfinals, with both Andy Murray and Kerber defeated in the fourth round.

Roger Federer won his eighteenth men's singles Grand Slam title by defeating Rafael Nadal in a five-set final. It was his first major title since 2012 Wimbledon and a rematch of the 2009 Australian Open final, which Nadal won in five sets. Serena Williams overcame her sister Venus in the women's singles final, surpassing Steffi Graf to become the player with the most major wins in the women's game in the Open Era.


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

The 2017 Australian Open was the 105th edition of the tournament and was held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is part of the 2017 ATP World Tour and the 2017 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draw as well as a mixed doubles event. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are 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 25 courts, including the three main show courts: Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena.[1]


In Australia, selected key matches were broadcast live by the Seven Network. The majority of matches was shown on the network's primary channel Channel Seven; however, during news programming nationwide and most night matches in Perth, coverage shifted to either 7Two or 7mate. Additionally, every match was also available to be streamed live through a free 7Tennis mobile app.[2]

Internationally, Eurosport held the rights for Europe, broadcasting matches on Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 and the Eurosport Player.

Singles players[edit]

Men's singles
Women's singles


Men's singles[edit]

This was a rematch of the 2009 Australian Open final, which Rafael Nadal won to become the first (and to date, only) Spaniard to win the Australian Open title. The final saw the two holding service for six games of the first set, whilst during the seventh game was the pivotal break of serve giving Federer the opening set. Nadal quickly broke Federer's serve in the second set racing out to a lead that Federer could not overcome, giving him the second set and leveling the match at one set apiece. The third set was a rather lopsided affair seeing Nadal secure his service game only in the fourth game of the set. The fourth set started off competitively with the two holdings serve until Nadal broke in the fourth game of the set, a lead he would never surrender, evening the match at two sets apiece. The decisive fifth set commenced with a break of Federer's serve by Nadal, giving him a lead in the early going; however, Nadal's serve got broken during the sixth game of the set, leveling the match at two sets and three games apiece. Federer won the next three games breaking Nadal's service in the eighth game of the set to allow him to successfully serve out the match in the final ninth game. This was Roger Federer's 18th Grand Slam singles title, the most ever by a man in the history of tennis, and it was his fifth Australian Open title, just one shy of the record co-held by Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.[3] Federer would go on to equal this record by defending his title successfully the next year.

Women's singles[edit]

This was a rematch of the 2003 Australian Open final, where Serena Williams completed the first "Serena Slam" and her career Grand Slam, whilst Serena won five more Australian Open titles in the interim and her sister Venus had no other final appearances at the event. They each broke the others' serve twice to start the match with Venus finally holding serve in the fifth service game and her sister Serena holding her own serve in the subsequent game. The seventh game was the pivotal break of service that Serena Williams got on her sister Venus' serve, costing her the set just a mere three games later. During the second set, the two traded held service games for the first six games to start the set, whilst Venus started serving first. She would get broken again during the seventh game of the set, which eventually surrendered the match to sister Serena. This was Serena Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles title and seventh Australian Open title for her career, both being Open era records, whilst being one shy of Margaret Court's record of 24 in the history of tennis.[4]

Men's doubles[edit]

Women's doubles[edit]

Mixed doubles[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]

Boys' singles[edit]

Girls' singles[edit]

Boys' doubles[edit]

Girls' doubles[edit]

Doubles seeds[edit]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Team Rank1 Seed
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands United States Mike Bryan 6 1
India Sania Mirza Croatia Ivan Dodig 16 2
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková France Édouard Roger-Vasselin 26 3
Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Belarus Max Mirnyi 33 4
Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan Poland Łukasz Kubot 35 5
Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková Brazil Bruno Soares 36 6
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 46 7
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková United States Rajeev Ram 49 8
  • 1 Rankings are as of 9 January 2017.

Main draw wildcard entries[edit]

Point and prize money distribution[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points offered 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
Women's singles 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Women's doubles 10

Prize money[edit]

The Australian Open total prize money for 2017 was increased by 14% to a tournament record A$50,000,000.

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 1281 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles A$3,700,000 A$1,900,000 A$900,000 A$440,000 A$220,000 A$130,000 A$80,000 A$50,000 A$25,000 A$12,500 A$6,250
Doubles * A$650,000 A$325,000 A$160,500 A$80,000 A$40,000 A$23,000 A$14,800
Mixed doubles * A$150,500 A$75,500 A$37,500 A$18,750 A$9,000 A$4,500

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


  1. ^ "First Glimpse of new-look Margaret Court Arena". Tennis.com.au. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ Knox, David (17 December 2015). "Seven Tennis 2016: summer guide". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (29 January 2017). "Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open men's final – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ Graham, Bryan Armen (28 January 2017). "Serena Williams beats Venus Williams to win the Australian Open – as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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