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2022 Australian Open

2022 Australian Open
Date17-30 January 2022
Edition110th
Open Era (54th)
CategoryGrand Slam
Draw128S / 64D
Prize moneyA$75,000,000[1]
SurfaceHard (GreenSet)
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
VenueMelbourne Park
Champions
Men's singles
Spain Rafael Nadal
Women's singles
Australia Ashleigh Barty
Men's doubles
Australia Nick Kyrgios / Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis
Women's doubles
Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková / Czech Republic Kate?ina Siniaková
Mixed doubles
France Kristina Mladenovic / Croatia Ivan Dodig
Wheelchair men's singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair women's singles
Netherlands Diede de Groot
Wheelchair quad singles
Netherlands Sam Schröder
Wheelchair men's doubles
United Kingdom Alfie Hewett / United Kingdom Gordon Reid
Wheelchair women's doubles
Netherlands Diede de Groot / Netherlands Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair quad doubles
United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne / United States David Wagner
Boys' singles
United States Bruno Kuzuhara
Girls' singles
Croatia Petra Mar?inko
Boys' doubles
United States Bruno Kuzuhara / Hong Kong Coleman Wong
Girls' doubles
United States Clervie Ngounoue / Russia Diana Shnaider
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The 2022 Australian Open was a Grand Slam tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park, Australia from 17 to 30 January 2022.[2] It was the 110th edition of the Australian Open, the 54th in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments. As in previous years, the tournament's main sponsor was Kia.

The men's singles title was won by Rafael Nadal, and was Nadal's 21st major title, and his second Australian Open. He defeated second seed Daniil Medvedev in the final, winning in five sets after being two sets down. In winning the title, Nadal broke the record for all-time men's major singles title - it was previously tied at 20 between himself, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. The women's singles title was won by Ashleigh Barty, who won her first Australian Open title and third major title. She defeated 27th seed Danielle Collins in straight sets. Barty was the first Australian to win the title since Chris O'Neil won the title in 1978. The final would also prove to be Barty's last professional match, with Barty announcing her retirement in March 2022.

The event was overshadowed by Djokovic's battle with Australian immigration after disclosing he was not vaccinated against COVID-19. In the end, he was unable to participate after his visa was cancelled twice by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.[3]

Tournament

Rod Laver Arena in 2013, where the Finals of the Australian Open take place

The 2022 Australian Open was the 110th edition of the tournament, held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tournament returned to its traditional January slot after the 2021 tournament was held in February after a precaution over concerns with the strict COVID-19 protocols.

The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is part of the 2022 ATP Tour and the 2022 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category. The tournament consisted of both men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as the mixed doubles events. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which are part of the Grade A category of tournaments. The junior competitions returned after a year of absence.[4] There are also singles, doubles and quad events for men's and women's wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.

The tournament was played on hard courts and took place across a series of 25 courts, including the four main show courts of Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena, Margaret Court Arena and 1573 Arena. It was also the debut of Kia Arena, which made for five main tennis arenas.

Singles players

Men's singles
Women's singles

Events

Men's singles

Women's singles

Men's doubles

Women's doubles

Mixed doubles

Wheelchair men's singles

Wheelchair women's singles

Wheelchair quad singles

Wheelchair men's doubles

Wheelchair women's doubles

Wheelchair quad doubles

Boys' singles

Girls' singles

Boys' doubles

Girls' doubles

Point distribution and prize money

Point distribution

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points offered for each event.

Senior points

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's singles 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Men's doubles 0 -- -- -- -- --
1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
10 -- -- -- -- --

Prize money

The Australian Open total prize money for 2022 increased by 4.9% to a tournament record A$75,000,000.[5]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles A$2,875,000 A$1,575,000 A$895,000 A$538,500 A$328,000 A$221,000 A$154,000 A$103,000 A$53,500 A$35,500 A$25,250
Doubles * A$675,000 A$360,000 A$205,000 A$113,000 A$65,250 A$45,100 A$30,050 -- -- -- --
Mixed doubles * A$190,000 A$100,000 A$50,000 A$24,000 A$12,000 A$6,250 -- -- -- -- --

Djokovic's vaccination and visa controversy

On 4 January 2022, defending champion Novak Djokovic announced that he could compete in the Australian Open after he had been granted medical exemption from mandatory COVID-19 vaccination by Tennis Australia and the health department of the state of Victoria, after a blind review of his application.[6][7] However, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, stated that regardless of Tennis Australia and Victoria's decision, Australia's border requirements would be still enforced by the federal government, namely that unvaccinated individuals entering Australia "must provide acceptable proof that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons".[6]

On 5 January, Djokovic was detained by the Australian Border Force upon arriving in Australia and being determined to not meet the entry requirements for unvaccinated travellers.[8] His lawyers requested an injunction against deportation in order to appeal the visa refusal; this allowed Djokovic to remain confined in a detention hotel pending the outcome of the appeal.[9][10] On 10 January, the Federal Circuit and Family Court ruled against the government on procedural grounds, ordered his release from detention and directed the federal government to pay his legal expenses.[11] The reason for the ruling was that when Djokovic was in immigration holding before his visa was cancelled, Australian officials reneged on an agreement to give Djokovic sufficient time to contact his lawyers and tennis authorities before his official interview; this led the Australian government to concede they treated Djokovic unreasonably.[12]

Twenty-five other players and staff had applied for a medical exemption and a handful of applications had been granted. Among those, two people with the same type of visa and exemption as Djokovic had reportedly been allowed into the country.[13] Player Renata Vorá?ová was one of those granted an exemption and allowed into the country. She had participated in a warm-up tournament but was subsequently detained in the same hotel as Djokovic and deported on 8 January 2022.[14] Filip Serdarusic, a tennis coach with the same exemption, was also allowed entry but left the country voluntarily.[15][16]

Public opinion in Australia of an unvaccinated athlete being permitted to participate in an event that spectators could not attend unless fully vaccinated was overwhelmingly negative.[17][18] Another concern was that Djokovic should not be given entry while many Australians remained stranded overseas due to the pandemic.[19] A poll jointly published by newspapers The Herald Sun and The Age showed that 71% of respondents did not want Djokovic to be allowed to stay.[20] The furore that unfolded in the media over the issue achieved worldwide attention.[21]

On 14 January 2022, Alex Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, exercised his ministerial powers under the Migration Act 1958 to cancel Djokovic's visa, citing "health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so".[22] An application for review of the decision was made in the Federal Court, but was dismissed on 16 January, ruling out Djokovic's participation.[23][24] Djokovic said he was "extremely disappointed" with the decision but accepted the ruling, and flew out of Australia that night.[25][26] Salvatore Caruso, ranked 150 in the world, took his place in the draw as the "lucky loser".[27]

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