/ 04 October 2023

No more late nights

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

For non-night owls, January’s marathon Aussie Open match between Brit Andy Murray and Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis that wrapped up after 4a.m. was torture… So organisers have unveiled changes to avoid late finishes at next year’s tournament, which means a longer Open. Director Craig Tiley said the grand slam event will now take place over 15 days instead of 14, meaning a Sunday, 14 January start (usually, the 2-week affair kicks off on a Monday). Playing sessions will rise from 47 to 52, and the first round will run over 3 days instead of 2. The Oz Open becomes the second major tennis fest to adopt a 15-day schedule after the French Open. Former and current players welcomed the move, and Aussie tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said it was also good news for the tournament, which could sell up to 50,000 extra tickets. Elsewhere in tennis, Aussie Marc Polmans has been booted from the Shanghai Masters after he hit a ball in anger and it whacked the umpire in the face. The umpire is okay, but Polman’s tournament is over…

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