Melbourne Summer Series kicks off on Sunday 

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World No.1 Ash Barty (Qld) and Nick Kyrgios (ACT) are set to headline a blockbuster Melbourne Summer Series at Melbourne Park from 31 January to 7 February 2021.

More than 250 players will compete for $2.37 million in prizemoney across three WTA 500 and two ATP 250 tournaments, the biggest ever lead-in week to the Australian Open. 

Tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster with prices starting at $20 for adults and $5 for kids. All Melbourne Summer Series tournaments will be played in the Margaret Court Arena Zone. 

The tournaments have been named to showcase six key regions of Victoria to promote the reinvigoration of the state following the challenges of 2020, due to both the devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"This will be an historic week of tennis and is the biggest-ever AO lead-in week we have seen in Australia."
Cameron Pearson, Tennis Australia Head of Major Events

The Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic women’s WTA 500 events begin on Sunday. The Grampians Trophy commences on Wednesday, designed to give more preparation time for the players in hard quarantine. 

On the men’s side, two ATP 250 tournaments, the Great Ocean Road Open and Murray River Open, commence on Monday. 

The Phillip Island Trophy, a WTA 250 tournament, will take place during the second week of the Australian Open. 

“There’s no doubt this will be an historic week of tennis and is the biggest-ever AO lead-in week we have seen in Australia. It’s an exciting prospect for fans both onsite and watching around the world,” Tennis Australia Head of Major Events Cameron Pearson said.

“While we know the circumstances are unique this year, it is a huge coup to secure such strong playing fields. I hope fans, whether onsite or watching at home, will embrace what will be a high-quality week of events.”

Players will compete for trophies inspired by iconic Australian animals and designed and crafted by local Indigenous artists.

Melbourne Summer Series AO lead-in

For acceptance lists, please click each respective tournament below.

Date

Tournament and acceptance lists

Details

Draw

31 Jan-6 Feb

Yarra Valley Classic

WTA 500
54 singles, 28 doubles

4pm AEDT
Fri 28 Jan

31 Jan-6 Feb

Gippsland Trophy

WTA 500
54 singles, 28 doubles

4pm AEDT
Fri 28 Jan 

1-7 Feb

Great Ocean Road Open

ATP250
Expanded to 56 singles, 24 doubles

11am AEDT
Sat 29 Jan

1-7 Feb

Murray River Open

ATP 250
Expanded to 56 singles, 24 doubles

11am AEDT
Sat 29 Jan

3-7 Feb

Grampians Trophy

WTA 500
28 singles, no doubles

Mon 1 Feb

 

WTA events

The women’s fields, led by top-ranked Barty, features 45 of the world’s top 50. 

Barty faces tough competition in the Yarra Valley Classic from 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams (USA), world No.4 and 2020 AO Champion Sofia Kenin (USA), world No.6 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) and Petra Kvitova (CZE).

The Gippsland Trophy will be headlined by world No.2 Simona Halep (ROU), world No.3 Naomi Osaka (JPN) and world No.5 Elina Svitolina (UKR).

The Grampians Trophy, created for WTA players impacted by the hard quarantine includes former AO champions Victoria Azarenka (BLR) and Angelique Kerber (GER) along with world No.8 Bianca Andreescu (CAN) and world No.12 Belinda Bencic (SUI). 

ATP events

On the men’s side, David Goffin (BEL) and Karen Khachanov (RUS) lead the Great Ocean Road Open. Jordan Thompson (NSW) joins fellow Aussies Christopher O’Connell (NSW) and Aleksandar Vukic (NSW) who made the main draw after the ATP announced expanded fields.

The Murray River Open will see fan favourite Kyrgios compete alongside former AO champion Stan Wawrinka (SUI) and Grigor Dimitrov (BUL). An additional six Australians including James Duckworth (NSW), Alexei Popyrin (NSW), Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA), Alex Bolt (SA), Marc Polmans (Vic) and Bernard Tomic (Qld) have also made the main draw after the field was expanded.

Wildcards for each event will be announced in the coming days.

The ATP Cup will be played alongside the Melbourne Summer Series at the Rod Laver Arena Zone and John Cain Arena Zone from 2-6 February at Melbourne Park.