Date: 16/01/2012 to 29/01/2012
Australian Open 2012 is set to offer the highest prize money in the history of Grand Slam tennis.
The total prize pool will be $26 million, with the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s champions taking home a record $2.3 million each.
Australian Open 2012 was officially launched at Melbourne Park by the Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu who also announced the historic tournament trophies, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, will head to China for the first ever international leg of the Australian Open Trophy Tour next week.
â€œVictoria is ready to host the Australian Open, an event which captures the attention of the entire world and brings us together to celebrate the peak of tennis achievement right here in Melbourne,â€ Mr Baillieu said.
â€œThe Australian Open inspires players at an elite and grassroots level, particularly after the success of local hero Sam Stosur who was so impressive winning the 2011 US Open singles title last month.
â€œThis event is especially popular with visitors to Victoria and we expect to host many Chinese visitors in 2012 with tennis undergoing a surge in popularity in China thanks in part to the recent success of 2011 Australian Open runner-up and Chinese female champion Li Na.â€
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