2015 Australian Open
The 2015 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park from 19 January to 1 February 2015. It was the 103rd edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
|2015 Australian Open|
|Date||19 January – 1 February 2015|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Simone Bolelli / Fabio Fognini|
|Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Šafářová|
|Martina Hingis / Leander Paes|
|Jake Delaney / Marc Polmans|
|Miriam Kolodziejová / Markéta Vondroušová|
|Wheelchair Men's Singles|
|Wheelchair Women's Singles|
|Wheelchair Quad Singles|
|Wheelchair Men's Doubles|
|Stéphane Houdet / Shingo Kunieda|
|Wheelchair Women's Doubles|
|Yui Kamiji / Jordanne Whiley|
|Wheelchair Quad Doubles|
|Andrew Lapthorne / David Wagner|
Stan Wawrinka was the defending champion in men's singles but lost to four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. Reigning women's champion Li Na did not defend her title, as she retired from professional tennis in September, 2014. Novak Djokovic won an Open Era record fifth men's singles crown by defeating Andy Murray in the final, and this was the third time they met each other in the final. Serena Williams won an Open Era record six women's singles championships by defeating Maria Sharapova in the final, and this was the second time they met each other in the final.
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini teamed up to win the men's doubles title for the first time over the team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová teamed up to win the women's doubles crown for the first time over the team of Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie. Martina Hingis and Leander Paes teamed up to win the mixed doubles title, it was the second for Hingis and third for Paes, over the defending champions Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor.
The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2015 ATP World Tour and the 2015 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 a mixed doubles event. There were singles and doubles events for both boys and girls (players under 18), which was part of the Grade A category of tournaments, and 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 over a series of 16 courts with Plexicushion surface, including the three main showcourts – Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena. The latter was unveiled with a capacity increase from 6,000 to 7,500 and also as the third Melbourne Park venue with fully operational retractable roof to make the Australian Open the first Grand Slam tournament with three such tennis stadiums. Partly due to the new roof, the 2015 event set an all-time attendance record of 703,899 fans. The cooler than normal temperatures may also have played a role.
The tournament was broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world. In Australia, all matches were broadcast live by the Seven Network on the network's primary channel under the banner Seven Sport. In the Asia/Pacific region, the tournament was covered by CCTV, iQiyi, SMG (China), Fiji One (Fiji), Sony SIX (India), WOWOW, NHK (Japan), Sky TV (New Zealand) and Fox Sports Asia, in Europe by Eurosport, NOS (Netherlands), SRG SSR (Switzerland) and BBC (United Kingdom), in the Middle East by beIN Sports, in Africa by SuperSport, while in the Americas coverage was provided by ESPN.
In 2015, live coverage emanated from all sixteen courts. Qualifying tournaments, draw ceremony and Kids' Day were shown on official tournament website, AusOpen.com.
Following a second round victory in Women's singles Canadian Eugenie Bouchard was approached by an interviewer, Ian Cohen, who cited tweets made by Bouchard the previous evening which complimented fellow competitor Serena Williams's on court attire. The interviewer, explaining that Williams "was kind enough to give us a twirl," asked Bouchard to offer her own twirl. Though Bouchard obliged, the request was met with criticism, with many accusing the interviewer of being sexist. The controversy was referred to by some media outlets as "twirlgate." Billie Jean King responded to the interview by saying "This is truly sexist. If you ask the women, you have to ask the guys to twirl as well." For her part, Bouchard said the request would not be sexist if men were asked to "flex their muscles and stuff." At least one media outlet pointed out that as part of a pre-tournament interview Rafael Nadal was asked to take off his shirt for the enjoyment of female fans.
Point and prize money distributionEdit
Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 128||Q||Q3||Q2||Q1|
The Australian Open total prize money for 2015 was increased to A$40,000,000, with men's and women's singles champions to receive a tournament-record 3.1 million Australian dollars reward. Out of total prize money, A$28,796,000 was paid for players competing in singles main draw, further A$1,344,000 for players, who lost in qualifying, A$5,165,200 – for doubles players, A$480,000 for mixed doubles players and A$605,330 for competitors in other events, while A$3,609,470 was used to cover other fees, including players' per diem and trophies.
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 1281||Q3||Q2||Q1|
1Qualifiers prize money is also the Round of 128 prize money.
This was the third time these two players met in the final. The other two times were in 2011 and 2013, when Djokovic won. This time would prove no different with Djokovic winning his fifth title, an Open Era record, to go along with his titles in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This victory was Djokovic's eighth grand slam title, tying him in the Open Era with Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. This was Murray's fourth loss in the final of the Australian Open, three of them to Djokovic and one to Roger Federer in 2010. This marks the first time since Björn Borg at the US Open that someone has lost all four of his final appearances at a particular grand slam event.
This marked the second time these two players met in the final. The other time was in 2007, which Williams won. This time would be exactly the same, with Williams winning her sixth title (an Open Era record), to go along with wins in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. This was her nineteenth career grand slam singles title, behind only Steffi Graf's twenty-two titles in the Open Era of tennis. This was Sharapova's third loss in the final; the other two losses were in 2012 to Victoria Azarenka and to Williams in 2007. Sharapova won the title in 2008.
This was the first men's doubles title for the team of Bolelli and Fognini at the event and in their respective careers.
This was the first women's doubles title for the team of Mattek-Sands and Šafářová at the event and in their respective careers. One of their finalist opponents, Zheng Jie won the title in 2006 with Yan Zi.
This was a match of past mixed doubles champions at the event, which Hingis won with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2006, while her partner Paes won titles in 2003 with Martina Navratilova and in 2010 with Cara Black. Their finalist opponents' won the event last year, but Nestor won titles in 2007 with Elena Likhovtseva and 2011 with Katarina Srebotnik. This was Hingis' second mixed doubles title for her career, and for Paes' it is his seventh mixed doubles grand slam crown for his career.
Wheelchair Men's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Women's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Quad SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Men's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Women's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Quad DoublesEdit
Seedings are based on rankings as of 12 January 2015. Rankings and points before are as of 19 January 2015.
Points defending includes results from both the 2014 Australian Open and tournaments from the week of 27 January 2014 (Davis Cup for the men, and Paris and Pattaya for the women).
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|Novak Djokovic||Champion, won against Andy Murray |
|Roger Federer||Third round lost to Andreas Seppi|
|Rafael Nadal||Quarterfinals lost to Tomáš Berdych |
|Stan Wawrinka||Semifinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|Kei Nishikori||Quarterfinals lost to Stan Wawrinka |
|Andy Murray||Runner-up, lost to Novak Djokovic |
|Tomáš Berdych||Semifinals lost to Andy Murray |
|Milos Raonic||Quarterfinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|David Ferrer||Fourth round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|Grigor Dimitrov||Fourth round lost to Andy Murray |
|Ernests Gulbis||First round lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis [WC]|
|Feliciano López||Fourth round lost to Milos Raonic |
|Roberto Bautista Agut||Second round lost to Gilles Müller|
|Kevin Anderson||Fourth round lost to Rafael Nadal |
|Tommy Robredo||First round retired against Édouard Roger-Vasselin|
|Fabio Fognini||First round lost to Alejandro González|
|Gaël Monfils||Second round lost to Jerzy Janowicz|
|Gilles Simon||Third round lost to David Ferrer |
|John Isner||Third round lost to Gilles Müller|
|David Goffin||Second round lost to Marcos Baghdatis|
|Alexandr Dolgopolov||First round lost to Paolo Lorenzi|
|Philipp Kohlschreiber||Second round lost to Bernard Tomic|
|Ivo Karlović||Second round lost to Nick Kyrgios|
|Richard Gasquet||Third round lost to Kevin Anderson |
|Julien Benneteau||First round lost to Benjamin Becker|
|Leonardo Mayer||Second round lost to Viktor Troicki|
|Pablo Cuevas||First round lost to Matthias Bachinger [Q]|
|Lukáš Rosol||Second round lost to Dudi Sela|
|Jérémy Chardy||Second round lost to Andreas Seppi|
|Santiago Giraldo||Second round lost to Steve Johnson|
|Fernando Verdasco||Third round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|Martin Kližan||Second round retired against João Sousa|
|Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Withdrawal reason|
|Marin Čilić||Shoulder injury|
|Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Forearm inflammation|
†The player did not qualify for the tournament in 2014. Accordingly, this was the 18th best result deducted instead.
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points won||Points after||Status|
|Serena Williams||Champion, won against Maria Sharapova |
|Maria Sharapova||Runner-up, lost to Serena Williams |
|Simona Halep||Quarterfinals lost to Ekaterina Makarova |
|Petra Kvitová||Third round lost to Madison Keys|
|Ana Ivanovic||First round lost to Lucie Hradecká [Q]|
|Agnieszka Radwańska||Fourth round lost to Venus Williams |
|Eugenie Bouchard||Quarterfinals lost to Maria Sharapova |
|Caroline Wozniacki||Second round lost to Victoria Azarenka|
|Angelique Kerber||First round lost to Irina-Camelia Begu|
|Ekaterina Makarova||Semifinals lost to Maria Sharapova |
|Dominika Cibulková||Quarterfinals lost to Serena Williams |
|Flavia Pennetta||First round lost to Camila Giorgi|
|Andrea Petkovic||First round lost to Madison Brengle|
|Sara Errani||Third round lost to Yanina Wickmayer|
|Jelena Janković||First round lost to Timea Bacsinszky|
|Lucie Šafářová||First round lost to Yaroslava Shvedova|
|Carla Suárez Navarro||First round lost to Carina Witthöft|
|Venus Williams||Quarterfinals lost to Madison Keys|
|Alizé Cornet||Third round lost to Dominika Cibulková |
|Samantha Stosur||Second round lost to Coco Vandeweghe|
|Peng Shuai||Fourth round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|Karolína Plíšková||Third round lost to Ekaterina Makarova |
|Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||First round lost to Yanina Wickmayer|
|Garbiñe Muguruza||Fourth round lost to Serena Williams |
|Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová||Third round lost to Victoria Azarenka|
|Elina Svitolina||Third round lost to Serena Williams |
|Svetlana Kuznetsova||First round lost to Caroline Garcia|
|Sabine Lisicki||First round lost to Kristina Mladenovic|
|Casey Dellacqua||Second round lost to Madison Keys|
|Varvara Lepchenko||Third round lost to Agnieszka Radwańska |
|Zarina Diyas||Third round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|Belinda Bencic||First round lost to Julia Görges|
|Sania Mirza||Bruno Soares||16||1|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Marcelo Melo||18||2|
|Kristina Mladenovic||Daniel Nestor||22||3|
|Andrea Hlaváčková||Alexander Peya||25||4|
|Cara Black||Juan Sebastián Cabal||26||5|
|Yaroslava Shvedova||Nenad Zimonjić||28||6|
|Martina Hingis||Leander Paes||34||7|
|Květa Peschke||Marcin Matkowski||37||8|
- 1 Rankings are as of 12 January 2015.
Main draw wildcard entriesEdit
As part of an agreement between Tennis Australia, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the French Tennis Federation (FFT), one male and one female player from the United States and France received a wild card into the Australian Open singles event. USTA gave it to Denis Kudla and Irina Falconi, thanks to their positions in 2014 USTA Pro Circuit's Australian Open Wild Card Challenge standing, while Lucas Pouille and Océane Dodin were chosen by internal FFT selection.
Further four wildcards were awarded at Asia-Pacific Australian Open Wildcard Playoff into the men's and women's singles and doubles main draw events, while Tennis Australia organized its own playoff competitions, where Jordan Thompson, Daria Gavrilova and Sam Thompson & Masa Jovanovic mixed doubles team received entries to Australian Open.
Remaining wildcard places were filled by Australian internal selection.
Main draw qualifier entriesEdit
The qualifying competition took place in Melbourne Park on 14 – 17 January 2015.
The following players were accepted directly into the main draw using a protected ranking:
The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament but withdrew.
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