The singles draw ceremony is held on Friday 10 January. Fields are made up as follows:
128 (104 direct entries based on rankings, 16 qualifiers, eight wildcards).
128 (108 direct entries, 12 qualifiers, eight wildcards).
64 pairs, including seven wildcards.
64 pairs, including seven wildcards.
32 pairs, including seven wildcards.
Computer rankings are used as a basis for the seeding of 32 players in the singles championships. The first and second seeds are placed, respectively, at the top and bottom of the draw. All remaining seeds are then randomly drawn and placed in designated positions in the draw, followed by the remainder of the field, which is randomly drawn from top to bottom of the draw by IBM computer technology.
The Australian Open will offer record prizemoney of AUD$33 million in 2014. A breakdown of distribution can be found at ausopen.com.
Players win twice as many points for a win in a Grand Slam match as they do for winning a match at the next level – ATP Tennis Masters Series and WTA Tour Tier Premier tournaments.
Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Show Courts 2 and 3 will utilise Hawk-Eye technology to conduct electronic reviews of disputed line calls. The Australian Open adopts the ‘three-plus-one’ electronic review system. Players will receive three incorrect challenges during each set and a fourth challenge if a set goes to a tiebreaker.
All courts at Melbourne Park feature new scoreboards and screens. There are also bigger screens located all around the site including at Garden Square and Grand Slam Oval.
For the first time an elevated viewing deck over major practice courts will allow more fans to see the stars of the game warming up. Super-wall type screens and information towers will provide details on where and when the stars are practising.
The vibrant Plexicushion surface enhances ball visibility. Trademarked as ‘Australian Open True Blue’, the courts are two-toned, allowing for greater contrast and improved depth perception.
Wilson supplies more than 4000 dozen tennis balls for use during the tournament. Six new balls are used for the five-minute warm-up and the first seven games and six new balls are provided every nine games thereafter. Used balls are sold on site.
Tennis Australia has a zero tolerance policy on illegal gambling, match-fixing and the communication of sensitive information that may affect the outcome of a match, and will investigate all reported instances.
In the event of extreme heat, the Referee has the right to order a rest period and/or suspend play at any time as per the following policy:
The Australian Open Extreme Heat Policy will be applied at the Referee’s discretion and may be altered at any time;
At the Referee’s discretion, the Tournament Referee may suspend the commencement of any further matches on outside courts;
Any matches currently in progress will continue until the end of the current set. At the completion of the set, play will be suspended;
Where play in any match commences outdoors (or with a roof open), the match will continue until the completion of the set. At the end of the set a decision will be made by the Referee to close to the roof for the remainder of the match and the following matches, where the EHP is still in effect (On Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena);
A roof will only be closed because of extreme heat if a decision has been made by the Referee to suspend the completion or commencement of matches on the outdoor courts; When the EHP has been implemented, the Tournament Referee will suspend the calling of any further matches on outside courts;
Supplement: In the Women’s Singles, to allow a 10 minute break between the 2nd and 3rd sets when a WBGT 30.1 reading has been recorded prior to the calling of the match by Tournament Control. Readings are continually made throughout the day.
For Junior Singles, to allow a 10 minute break and Wheelchair Singles to allow a 15 minute break between the 2nd and 3rd sets, this will be applied at the Referee’s discretion at a pre- determined threshold, prior to the calling of the match by Tournament Control. Readings are continually made throughout the day.
The break will not apply between the second and third sets if play had previously been suspended after the first set due to EHP.