Australian Open 2024 dates, schedule and prize money

It’s an ace start to the year for tennis lovers as the world’s best are heading Down Under for the first Grand Slam of 2024.

The Australian Open kicks off the new season in earnest and fans flock to Melbourne Park to catch a slice of the action.

Novak Djokovic is the defending men’s singles champion after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in last year’s final, although the Serbian faces a scrap for his crown as Wimbledon king Carlos Alcaraz is set to take part after missing out 12 months ago.

Rafael Nadal will not be present, however, as the Spaniard’s swansong season is off to a bad start after suffering a hip injury at the Brisbane International earlier this month.

The women’s singles title, meanwhile, is held by Aryna Sabalenka as the world number two claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park last January following a tense final with Elena Rybakina.

Australian Open odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise everything you need to know about this year’s first Grand Slam is below.

Aryna Sabalenka

Australian Open 2024 dates

The Australian Open in 2024 is scheduled to start on Sunday, January 14. The men’s singles final will bring the tournament to a close on Sunday, January 28.

It is worth noting that Melbourne is 11 hours ahead of Britain and Ireland so action is set to start at midnight until the semi-finals in our neck of the woods.

Australian Open 2024 schedule

Sunday, January 14: Men’s and women’s first-round matches
Monday, January 15: Men’s and women’s first-round matches
Tuesday, January 16: Men’s and women’s second-round matches
Wednesday, January 17: Men’s and women’s second-round matches
Thursday, January 18: Men’s and women’s second-round matches
Friday, January 19: Men’s and women’s third-round matches
Saturday, January 20: Men’s and women’s third-round matches
Sunday, January 21: Men’s and women’s fourth-round matches
Monday, January 22: Men’s and women’s fourth-round matches
Tuesday, January 23: Men’s and women’s quarter-finals
Wednesday, January 24: Men’s and women’s quarter-finals
Thursday, January 25: Women’s semi-finals
Friday, January 26: Men’s semi-finals
Saturday, January 27: Women’s final
Sunday, January 28: Men’s final

Australian Open 2024 prize money

An increase of 13.5 per cent means the total prize pot for the Australian Open 2024 stands at A$86.5m (£45.46m/€52.78m). The breakdown for the men’s and women’s singles is as follow:

Winner: A$3.15m (£1.656m/€1.922m)
Runner-Up: A$1.725 (£907,000/€1.053m)
Semi-Finalists: A$990,000 (£520,000/€604,000)
Quarter-Finalists: A$600,000 (£315,000/€366,000)
Fourth Round: A$375,000 (£197,000/€229,000)
Third Round: A$255,000 (£134,000/€156,000)
Second Round: A$180,000 (£95,000/€110,000)
First Round: A$120,000 (£63,000/€73,000)

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