The qualifying rounds are held at Melbourne Park from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 January 2014. Entry is free with gates opening at 9:30 am each day. This event is also live-streamed with full broadcast and commentary on ausopen.com including crosses to the official draw on Friday 10 January.
The Legends event gets underway on the middle Saturday of 18 January with the finals on Friday 24 January. Another great line-up sees former French Open champion Yannick Noah return to Australia with entertaining and talented tennis compatriots Henri Leconte, Guy Forget and the little Maestro, Fabrice Santoro. Super Swedes Mats Wilander, Thomas Enquist and Jonas Bjorkman will bring back memories of hard fought matches against Aussie heroes Pat Cash and The Woodies, while former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic also joins the mix. In the women’s event, all-time great Martina Navratilova joins forces with Martina Hingis against Tracy Austin, Iva Majoli and Amelie Mauresmo.
The 2014 Australian Open Junior Championships are held on 18–25 January. This tournament is open to both Australian and international athletes and includes singles and doubles events. Both the junior boys’ and girls’ singles finals will be played at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 25 January from 1 pm. A ground pass will provide access to these finals.
The Optus Australian Open Wheelchair Championships returns for Australian Open 2014 and features eight of the world's top men, eight of the world's top women and four of the world's top quad players. The event starts on 22 January and finishes with the men's, women's and quad singles finals on 25 January.
Australian women’s tennis great Kerry Reid will be inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame during Australian Open 2014. A bronze bust will takes its place in Garden Square alongside other Australian Tennis Hall of Fame inductees. Reid won 22 singles titles during her career, including the Australian Open in 1977. She was runner-up at the Australian Open in 1970 and the US Open in 1972, with a career-high ranking of world No.5 from 1971 to 1974.
Roger Federer is the Ambassador for Kids Tennis Day and will join fellow players and Nickleodeon characters at a special Rod Laver Arena Show on Saturday 11 January from 8 am to 1 pm. There are tennis activities throughout the morning, with the RLA show starting at 12 pm. Entry is free for kids and $10 for adults who pre-purchase. Those who turn up on the day without a ticket will be charged $5 for a child and $10 for an adult, subject to ticket availability. Go to ticketek to purchase tickets.
Check out the AO Blitz, and see which top Australian tennis towns will be represented by an Australian Open player this summer. The AO Blitz is a competition where people can earn prizes for themselves and players for their favourite town. A number of fun challenges earn points for individuals, schools and clubs. Make sure your register for the AO Blitz this year. Go to: aoblitz.com.au for details and find out which town has been rewarded with an AO player representing it this January.