Both the Australian Open and the legendary Rod Laver will celebrate significant golden anniversary milestones in 2019.
In January the Australian Open will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The tournament was previously known as the Australian Championships and only amateurs were able to compete.
The first Australian Open was staged at the grass courts of Milton, Brisbane, in 1969 and ushered in a new ‘Open’ era for the sport.
Finally Grand Slam tennis was open to the increasing number of professional players, those who sought to make a living out of the sport they loved but had been banned from competing at the majors since 1963.
For Rod Laver, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of his second ‘Grand Slam’, when he won all four majors, the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open, in a calendar year for the second time.
This was a feat he achieved first as an amateur in 1962, before being barred from competition for five years after turning professional. He is still the only person, male or female, to have won the prestigious calendar Grand Slam twice.
Both anniversaries will be recognised and celebrated at the Australian Open in a series of special events, in-stadium on-screen entertainment and documentary content.