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Why is the Australian Open getting an additional day of competition?

Organizers of the first Grand Sam of the year, the Australian Open, have added an extra day to the tournament, extending it to two weeks and one day.

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Melbourne has some exciting news for tennis enthusiasts: the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, is set to begin on a Sunday. This change in scheduling comes as a result of careful observation of recent trends in Grand Slam matches. Organizers have noticed that matches have been running longer than in the past, leading them to seek solutions to streamline the tournament’s flow and ensure a smoother progression of matches throughout the event.

To address these concerns, tournament director Craig Tilley and his team have actively sought input and feedback from players and fans alike. They have listened closely to what both groups say and devised a solution that they believe will enhance the overall experience for everyone involved.

One of the significant changes that will be implemented is an increase in the number of matches held in the three largest stadiums, from 47 to 52 matches. This adjustment will allow for more efficient use of time and help avoid late match finishes that can disrupt the tournament’s schedule.

The organizers’ commitment to addressing these concerns is evident. “We are pleased to offer a solution to late match finishes and a better daily schedule,” Tilley stated. He believes that this move will help to optimize tournament logistics and meet the evolving needs of players and fans alike.

The Australian Open is scheduled to commence on January 14th, 2024, and will culminate with the final on January 28th. It’s worth noting that while the “Aussie” Open is the latest Grand Slam to adopt these scheduling practices, organizers at Roland Garros made a similar decision earlier. This move reflects a growing trend within the world of tennis to adapt to changing circumstances, optimize tournament logistics, and ensure that the needs of players and fans are met.