2016 Australian Open
The 2016 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park between 18–31 January 2016. It was the 104th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments.
|2016 Australian Open|
|Draw||128S / 64D / 32X|
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Jamie Murray / Bruno Soares|
|Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza|
|Elena Vesnina / Bruno Soares|
|Alex De Minaur / Blake Ellis|
|Anna Kalinskaya / Tereza Mihalíková|
|Men's Legends Doubles|
|Jonas Björkman / Thomas Johansson|
|Women's Legends Doubles|
|Lindsay Davenport / Martina Navratilova|
|Wheelchair Men's Singles|
|Wheelchair Women's Singles|
|Wheelchair Quad Singles|
|Wheelchair Men's Doubles|
|Stéphane Houdet / Nicolas Peifer|
|Wheelchair Women's Doubles|
|Yui Kamiji / Marjolein Buis|
|Wheelchair Quad Doubles|
|Lucas Sithole / David Wagner|
Novak Djokovic successfully defended the men's singles title and thus won a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title. Serena Williams was the defending champion in the women's singles but failed to defend her title, losing to Angelique Kerber in the final; by winning, Kerber became the first German player of any gender to win a Grand Slam title since Steffi Graf won her last such title at the 1999 French Open.
The tournament was run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2016 ATP World Tour and the 2016 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.
In Australia, selected key matches were broadcast live by the Seven Network. The majority of matches were shown on the network's primary channel Channel Seven, however during news programming nationwide and most night matches in Perth, coverage shifted to either 7Two or 7mate. Additionally, every match was also available to be streamed live through a free 7Tennis mobile app.
Internationally, ESPN held the rights for America and Central America, broadcasting matches on ESPN2 and ESPN3 in the United States as well as regionally on ESPN International. ESPN also sub-licenses matches to Tennis Channel. Other broadcasters included beIN Sports in the Middle East, SuperSport in Africa, Eurosport through Europe (plus NOS Netherlands and SRG SSR in Switzerland), CCTV, iQiyi and SMG in China, Fiji One in Fiji, Sony ESPN in India, both WOWOW and NHK in Japan, Sky in New Zealand and Fox Sports Asia in selected markets in the Asia Pacific region. In Canada, TSN broadcast matches across multiple channels.
Spectator safety became a major issue during the tournament, with up to four separate cases reported:
- On Day 2, play was suspended during the fourth set of Bernard Tomic's first round match against Denis Istomin for 20 minutes after an elderly spectator collapsed due to heat stress; she was subsequently treated with an EpiPen and taken away from Hisense Arena.
- On Day 4, Ana Ivanovic's second round match against Anastasija Sevastova was interrupted in the first set when another elderly spectator fell down a set of stairs, delaying play by 25 minutes.
- On Day 6, in the most serious case, Ivanovic was again involved in a match that had to be suspended, after her coach Nigel Sears suffered a heart attack during the second set of her match against Madison Keys. Sears, who is the father-in-law of Andy Murray, had to be stretchered out of the stands and play on Rod Laver Arena was suspended for an hour. Having led by a set and a break at the time, Ivanovic proceeded to lose the match in three sets. Sears was later taken to hospital where he eventually made a full recovery.
- On Day 7, Sam Groth's mother fell down a set of stairs on Hisense Arena during the second set of her son and Lleyton Hewitt's doubles match against Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil, causing play to be suspended by 20 minutes. She was later able to walk out of the court unassisted.
Maria Sharapova doping controversyEdit
On 7 March 2016, five weeks after the conclusion of the tournament, world number seven Maria Sharapova announced at a press conference in Los Angeles that she had failed a drug test following her quarter-final defeat by Serena Williams on 26 January. Sharapova confessed to taking the substance meldonium, which was placed on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances on 1 January; she was later suspended for two years (later reduced to fifteen months on appeal), backdated to 26 January, and was subsequently docked the $A375,000 she earned for reaching the quarter-finals.
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 2016 was increased by four million Australian dollars to tournament record A$44,000,000.
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Round of 1281||Q3||Q2||Q1|
|Mixed Doubles *||A$157,000||A$78,500||A$39,250||A$18,000||A$9,000||A$4,500||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
1Qualifiers prize money was also the Round of 128 prize money.
Djokovic and Murray had faced one another 30 times prior to the final, with Djokovic victorious on 21 occasions. Murray had lost four Australian Open finals, three times to Djokovic, while the Serb had won the title five times. After an even first game, Djokovic broke Murray twice to lead 5–0, before Murray held. Djokovic took the winning game to secure the first set 6–1 in 30 minutes. The second set went with serve until Djokovic broke Murray to lead 4–3. The Scot broke back immediately and held his serve, but Djokovic broke in the eleventh game, then went on to hold serve, taking the second set 7–5. Djokovic broke the Murray serve in the first game of the third set, but Murray broke back to restore parity in the set at 3–3. The subsequent games went with serve and sent the set to a tie-break. Djokovic led 3–0 and 6–1 before finally securing the championship victory by three sets to love, with a 7–3 tie-break victory.
Going into the final, Kerber and Williams had faced each other six times with Williams holding a 5–1 advantage. Kerber broke Williams in the third game of the first set with Williams breaking back to make it 3–3. Kerber immediately broke back and held serve to win the first set 6–4. Williams took advantage of the third of three break points in the fourth game of the second set, the remainder of the set going with serve, leveling the match at one set all. Kerber broke Williams in the second game of the final set, but Williams immediately broke back and held her own serve to level the deciding set at 2–2. Another break for Kerber saw her leading 5–2 but Williams broke back once again, taking the set to 5–4 to Kerber. A cross-court exchange described as "breathtaking" saw Williams hit the ball long, securing the title for Kerber.
Men's Legends DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Men's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Women's SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Quad SinglesEdit
Wheelchair Men's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Women's DoublesEdit
Wheelchair Quad DoublesEdit
The following are the seeded players and notable players who withdrew from the event. Seeding are arranged according to ATP and WTA rankings on 11 January 2016, while ranking and points before are as of 18 January 2016.
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points won||Points After||Status|
|1||1||Novak Djokovic||16,790||2,000||2,000||16,790||Champion, defeated Andy Murray |
|2||2||Andy Murray||8,945||1,200||1,200||8,945||Runner-up, lost to Novak Djokovic |
|3||3||Roger Federer||8,165||90||720||8,795||Semifinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|4||4||Stan Wawrinka||6,865||720||180||6,325||Fourth round lost to Milos Raonic |
|5||5||Rafael Nadal||5,230||360||10||4,880||First round lost to Fernando Verdasco|
|6||6||Tomáš Berdych||4,560||720||360||4,200||Quarterfinals lost to Roger Federer |
|7||7||Kei Nishikori||4,235||360||360||4,235||Quarterfinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|8||8||David Ferrer||4,145||180||360||4,325||Quarterfinals lost to Andy Murray |
|9||10||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||2,725||0||180||2,905||Fourth round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|10||11||John Isner||2,495||90||180||2,585||Fourth round lost to David Ferrer |
|11||12||Kevin Anderson||2,475||180||10||2,305||First round retired vs. Rajeev Ram|
|12||13||Marin Čilić||2,405||0||90||2,495||Third round lost to Roberto Bautista Agut |
|13||14||Milos Raonic||2,270||360||720||2,630||Semifinals lost to Andy Murray |
|14||15||Gilles Simon||2,145||90||180||2,235||Fourth round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|15||16||David Goffin||1,835||45||180||1,970||Fourth round lost to Roger Federer |
|16||17||Bernard Tomic||1,720||180||180||1,720||Fourth round lost to Andy Murray |
|17||18||Benoît Paire||1,703||27||10||1,686||First round lost to Noah Rubin [WC]|
|18||19||Feliciano López||1,690||180||90||1,600||Third round lost to John Isner |
|19||20||Dominic Thiem||1,645||10||90||1,725||Third round lost to David Goffin |
|20||23||Fabio Fognini||1,515||10||10||1,515||First round lost to Gilles Müller|
|21||26||Viktor Troicki||1,475||90||90||1,475||Third round lost to Milos Raonic |
|22||24||Ivo Karlović||1,485||45||10||1,450||First round retired vs. Federico Delbonis|
|23||25||Gaël Monfils||1,485||45||360||1,800||Quarterfinals lost to Milos Raonic |
|24||21||Roberto Bautista Agut||1,640||45||180||1,775||Fourth round lost to Tomáš Berdych |
|25||22||Jack Sock||1,525||0||45||1,570||Second round lost to Lukáš Rosol|
|26||27||Guillermo García-López||1,430||180||90||1,340||Third round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|27||28||Grigor Dimitrov||1,420||180||90||1,330||Third round lost to Roger Federer |
|28||29||Andreas Seppi||1,290||180||90||1,200||Third round lost to Novak Djokovic |
|29||30||Nick Kyrgios||1,260||360||90||990||Third round lost to Tomáš Berdych |
|30||31||Jérémy Chardy||1,255||45||45||1,255||Second round lost to Andrey Kuznetsov|
|31||32||Steve Johnson||1,240||90||90||1,240||Third round lost to David Ferrer |
|32||33||João Sousa||1,191||90||90||1,191||Third round lost to Andy Murray |
The following player would have been seeded, but he withdrew from the event.
|Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points After||Withdrawal reason|
|9||Richard Gasquet||2,850||90||2,760||Back injury|
|Seed||Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points won||Points After||Status|
|1||1||Serena Williams||9,945||2,000||1,300||9,245||Runner-up, lost to Angelique Kerber |
|2||2||Simona Halep||5,965||430||10||5,545||First round lost to Zhang Shuai [Q]|
|3||3||Garbiñe Muguruza||5,101||240||130||4,991||Third round lost to Barbora Strýcová|
|4||4||Agnieszka Radwańska||4,670||240||780||5,210||Semifinals lost to Serena Williams |
|5||5||Maria Sharapova||4,542||1,300||430||3,672||Quarterfinals lost to Serena Williams |
|6||7||Petra Kvitová||3,642||130||70||3,582||Second round lost to Daria Gavrilova|
|7||6||Angelique Kerber||3,710||10||2,000||5,700||Champion, defeated Serena Williams |
|8||10||Venus Williams||3,511||430||10||3,091||First round lost to Johanna Konta|
|9||12||Karolína Plíšková||3,090||130||130||3,090||Third round lost to Ekaterina Makarova |
|10||11||Carla Suárez Navarro||3,175||10||430||3,595||Quarterfinals lost to Agnieszka Radwańska |
|11||14||Timea Bacsinszky||2,954||130||70||2,894||Second round lost to Annika Beck|
|12||13||Belinda Bencic||3,030||10||240||3,260||Fourth round lost vs. Maria Sharapova |
|13||15||Roberta Vinci||2,825||70||130||2,885||Third round lost to Anna-Lena Friedsam|
|14||16||Victoria Azarenka||2,745||240||430||2,935||Quarterfinals lost to Angelique Kerber |
|15||17||Madison Keys||2,600||780||240||2,060||Fourth round lost to Zhang Shuai [Q]|
|16||18||Caroline Wozniacki||2,571||70||10||2,511||First round lost to Yulia Putintseva|
|17||19||Sara Errani||2,525||130||10||2,405||First round lost to Margarita Gasparyan|
|18||21||Elina Svitolina||2,465||130||70||2,405||Second round lost to Naomi Osaka [Q]|
|19||22||Jelena Janković||2,445||10||70||2,505||Second round lost to Laura Siegemund|
|20||23||Ana Ivanovic||2,341||10||130||2,461||Third round lost to Madison Keys |
|21||24||Ekaterina Makarova||2,300||780||240||1,760||Fourth round lost to Johanna Konta|
|22||25||Andrea Petkovic||2,230||10||10||2,230||First round lost to Elizaveta Kulichkova|
|23||20||Svetlana Kuznetsova||2,475||10||70||2,535||Second round lost to Kateryna Bondarenko|
|24||26||Sloane Stephens||1,965||10||10||1,965||First round lost to Wang Qiang [Q]|
|25||27||Samantha Stosur||1,935||70||10||1,875||First round lost to Kristýna Plíšková [Q]|
|26||28||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||1,880||10||10||1,880||First round lost to Lauren Davis|
|27||29||Anna Karolína Schmiedlová||1,875||70||10||1,815||First round lost to Daria Kasatkina|
|28||30||Kristina Mladenovic||1,725||70||130||1,785||Third round lost to Daria Gavrilova|
|29||31||Irina-Camelia Begu||1,630||240||10||1,400||First round lost to Johanna Larsson|
|30||32||Sabine Lisicki||1,622||10||70||1,682||Second round lost to Denisa Allertová|
|31||35||Lesia Tsurenko||1,398||10||10||1,398||First round lost to Varvara Lepchenko|
|32||34||Caroline Garcia||1,420||130||10||1,300||First round lost to Barbora Strýcová|
The following players would have been seeded, but they withdrew or not entered from the event.
|Rank||Player||Points Before||Points defending||Points After||Withdrawal reason|
|8||Flavia Pennetta||3,621||10||3,611||Retirement from tennis|
|9||Lucie Šafářová||3,590||10||3,580||Bacterial infection|
|Sania Mirza||Ivan Dodig||7||1|
|Bethanie Mattek-Sands||Bob Bryan||7||2|
|Chan Yung-jan||Rohan Bopanna||16||3|
|Katarina Srebotnik||Jamie Murray||23||4|
|Elena Vesnina||Bruno Soares||30||5|
|Lucie Hradecká||Marcin Matkowski||33||6|
|Raquel Atawo||Raven Klaasen||39||7|
|Chan Hao-ching||Max Mirnyi||41||8|
- 1 Rankings were as of 18 January 2016.
Main draw wildcard entriesEdit
Main draw qualifier entriesEdit
The qualifying competition took place in Melbourne Park on 13 – 16 January 2016.
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 with injuries and personal reasons.
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