Australian Open units Grand Slam attendance file

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Males’s Singles Ultimate – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 29, 2023 Basic view throughout the ultimate match between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Loren Elliott

The Australian Open set a Grand Slam attendance file with greater than 900,000 spectators visiting over three weeks, organizers stated on Tuesday, regardless of the absence of some big-name gamers and schedule disruptions as a consequence of rain.

A file 839,192 followers flocked to Melbourne Park from Jan. 16-29 for the primary match in two years freed from COVID-19 restrictions, beating the earlier mark of 812,174 set in January 2020.

The figures eclipse final 12 months’s attendance numbers at different Grand Slam primary attracts – 515,164 visited Wimbledon, 613,500 have been on the French Open and 776,120 went to the US Open.

Over 60,000 additionally watched the qualifying occasions in Melbourne, bringing the overall as much as 902,312.

The match, lacking the retired Serena Williams, Roger Federer and final 12 months’s homegrown champion Ash Barty, broke its single-day attendance mark with 94,854 followers visiting on Jan. 21. The earlier file was 93,709 set in 2020.

“It was reported that we didn’t have the greats any extra, that it was going to be horrible. However individuals simply need to be entertained,” Tennis Australia chief govt Craig Tiley advised the Melbourne Age.

“They need to have some enjoyable, and tennis is a superb choice for them, and it’s grow to be a summer season factor to do for Melburnians and for Australians and likewise for our visitors from all over the world.”

Tiley has set his sights on breaching the a million mark subsequent 12 months.

“This 12 months was the beginning of it,” Tiley stated. “It’s going to be a three-week extravaganza.”

Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win his tenth Australian Open crown, drawing stage with Rafa Nadal on 22 majors, and reclaim the world primary rating

Aryna Sabalena received her first Grand Slam title with victory over Elena Rybakina on Saturday.

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