Australian Open could be forced offshore due to coronavirus border closure

Original article by Catherine Murphy
abc.net au – Page: Online : 17-May-21

Tennis players are said to be unwilling to go through two weeks of hotel quarantine again before the Australian Open if the nation’s international borders remain closed until mid-2022. It is believed that Tennis Australia is prepared to move the 2022 Australian Open to Doha or Dubai if it and the federal government cannot come to an agreement on less rigid quarantine arrangements. Melbourne’s Formula One grand prix will also need quarantine arrangements to be eased if it is to go ahead in November, after it was switched from March.

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Australians are divided over the Australian Open

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-Jan-21

A special Roy Morgan survey into attitudes regarding next month’s Australian Open shows Australians are split on what they think should happen with the Grand Slam tournament due to start in just over two weeks on Monday February 8. 36% want the Open to go ahead as planned, 18% want the event to be postponed for a week, 20% want the tournament played later in the year and 26% want the event to be cancelled altogether. On a State-by-State basis it is perhaps surprising that South Australians (42%) are the most in favour of the Australian Open ‘going ahead as planned’ next month. This is followed by Victorians (39%), people in New South Wales (38%) and Queenslanders (32%). There is little difference on the question between Melburnians (39%) and Country Victorians (40%).

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Barty to donate winnings to bushfire fund

Original article by Courtney Walsh
The Australian – Page: 22 : 6-Jan-20

Australian tennis star Ash Barty has pledged to donate her entire earnings from the upcoming Brisbane International tournament to bushfire relief. Barty could potentially earn up to $382,000 if she wins the tournament. Meanwhile, the Australian Open’s defending champion Novak Djokovic says organisers may have to postpone the Grand Slam event if air quality in Melbourne worsens due to the bushfires. Barty is not concerned about delaying the Open, arguing that tennis is trivial compared with the ongoing crisis.

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Kia joins Osaka & Djokovic as Australian Open winners

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Feb-19

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that nearly 3.5 million Australians aged 14+ (or 17%) associate the Australian Open’s major sponsor Kia with the year’s first Grand Slam tournament. In addition, nearly 2 million Australians aged 14+ (10%) associate the Australian Open’s associate partner ANZ with the tournament. Leading sports apparel companies Adidas and Nike – which both personally sponsor several leading tennis players – are associated with the Australian Open by 9% and 8% of Australian respectively. Meanwhile, nearly a third of Australians who play tennis (32%) associate Kia with the Australian Open and 19% associate ANZ with the tournament. Once again sports apparel companies Adidas (14% of tennis players) and Nike (13%) are regarded by many tennis-playing Australians as being associated with the tournament, while official sponsors Emirates (7%), Dunlop (4%) and Optus (4%) are also widely associated with the Australian Open by those Australians who play the sport.

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Sport proves a winning formula for Seven West Media

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 41 : 25-Jan-18

Seven West Media hopes to retain tennis broadcasting rights when its current contract expires in 2019. Data from Seven shows that audiences for its TV coverage of the 2018 Australian Open are six per cent higher than in 2017, while there has been 135 per cent growth in the number of minutes of Open coverage streamed via its 7Tennis app. Seven CEO Tim Worner argues that free-to-air TV still attracts the largest audiences for live sports coverage.

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Seven and Ten battle it out for top sports bragging rights

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 16-Jan-17

The Ten Network’s coverage of the Big Bash League will directly compete with the 2017 Australian Open in prime-time on the Seven Network. A total of nine BBL matches will clash with the Australian Open coverage, compared with just four in 2016. Seven has also launched a paid digital service to complements its free-to-air coverage of the Australian Open, while highlights will also be streamed via Twitter.

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Seven to expand digital offering for tennis Open

Original article by Jake Mitchell
The Australian – Page: 25 : 12-Dec-16

The Seven Network will provide live streams of more than 600 tennis matches during the 2016-17 summer, including the Australian Open. Seven will offer a paid version of its streaming service, which will feature exclusive content. However, chief digital officer Clive Dickens stresses that Seven will not charge a fee to view any matches. The ANZ Bank, Blackmores, Kia and Industry Super Funds will be among the major sponsors of Seven’s tennis coverage.

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