|2012 Australian Open|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
|Leander Paes / Radek Štěpánek|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva|
|Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Horia Tecău|
|Liam Broady / Joshua Ward-Hibbert|
|Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend|
|Wheelchair Men's Singles|
|Wheelchair Women's Singles|
|Wheelchair Quad Singles|
|Wheelchair Men's Doubles|
|Ronald Vink / Robin Ammerlaan|
|Wheelchair Women's Doubles|
|Esther Vergeer / Sharon Walraven|
|Wheelchair Quad Doubles|
|Andrew Lapthorne / Peter Norfolk|
The 2012 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place in Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia from 16 to 29 January 2012. It was the 100th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event 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.
Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title after he defeated Rafael Nadal in the longest grand slam final in history. The 2012 final passed the 2008 Wimbledon final for the record, finishing after 5 hours and 53 minutes of play. Kim Clijsters was the defending champion for the women's singles, but lost to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova for her first Grand Slam title; and over took Caroline Wozniacki as the number one ranked player on the WTA Tour. In the doubles Leander Paes and Radek Štěpánek won the title. Paes completed a career Grand Slam with the title while Štěpánek won his first Slam. On the women's side an all Russian duo of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva took the title. The mixed event was won by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecău.
The 2012 Australian Open took place in January 2012 at Melbourne Park. The men's singles was staged for the 100th time. There have been 59 different previous winners and the 100th staging of the event was marked by a special coin and the 2012 Champion received a special medallion. The tournament also marked 50 years since Rod Laver won his first Grand Slam. For the first time Hawk-Eye ball tracking system was used on the Margaret Court Arena, while Ken Fletcher was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.
Points and prize money
Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.
|Stage||Men's Singles||Men's Doubles||Women's Singles||Women's Doubles|
|Round of 16||180||280|
|Round of 32||90||160|
|Round of 64||45||0||100||5|
|Round of 128||10||–||5||–|
|Qualifying 3rd round||16||50|
|Qualifying 2nd round||8||40|
|Qualifying 1st round||0||2|
|Stage||Boys Singles||Boys Doubles||Girls Singles||Girls Doubles|
|Round of 16||50||30||50||30|
|Round of 32||30||–||30||–|
|Qualifier who loses in first round||25||–||25||–|
|Qualifying Final Round||20||–||20||–|
|Stage||Men's Singles||Men's Doubles||Women's Singles||Women's Doubles||Quad Singles||Quad Doubles|
The 2012 Australian Open was the richest Grand Slam tournament in history, with the singles champions pocketing 2.3 million dollars. All prize money is in Australian dollars (AUD); doubles prize money is distributed per pair.
Men's and Women's Singles
Men's and Women's Doubles
Novak Djokovic was the defending champion and won in the final 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5 against Rafael Nadal entering the season as reigning world number 1 for the first time of his career. It was the longest match in the history of the Australian Open, and in fact, the longest ever singles final in the Open Era in Grand Slam history; clocked at 5 hours and 53 minutes and ending after midnight with Nadal memorable saying after the match "good morning." It marked the fifth Grand Slam of Djokovic's career and his 3rd Australian Open. It also marked the first time that he had defended a Grand Slam title. After winning the 2012 Australian Open, Djokovic had an opportunity to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time, after winning the previous two in 2011. Nadal became the first player to lose in the final of three consecutive Grand Slams in the Open Era.
Victoria Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Belarusian player to win a Grand Slam in singles, by defeating Maria Sharapova in the final. She also became the 21st player to be ranked World No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association on 30 January 2012 as a result of this win. It was Azarenka's 2nd title of the year and 10th of her career.
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
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The host broadcaster of the event was the Seven Network which ran all day and night coverage on its primary channel and its digital channel 7Two from 11 am until the close of play around midnight Melbourne time. 2012 is the first year Seven has aired live primetime play across the entire country, switching coverage to 7Two for various live news and Today Tonight broadcasts in different time zones of Australia. Associated media partnership Yahoo!7 (co-owned by Seven and Yahoo!) saw more than 100 000 viewers check into live match coverage via the Fango mobile app, with check-ins peaking during the Hewitt vs. Djokovic match in the Open's fourth round.
The event was also shown in Australia on Fox Sports which broadcast secondary matches live.
Seeds and Rankings are as of 9 January 2012 and Points are as of 16 January 2012.
|Points won||New points||Status|
|1||1||Novak Djokovic||Champion, won in the final against Rafael Nadal |
|2||2||Rafael Nadal||Runner-up, Final lost to Novak Djokovic |
|3||3||Roger Federer||Semifinals lost to Rafael Nadal |
|4||4||Andy Murray||Semifinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|5||5||David Ferrer||Quarterfinals lost to Novak Djokovic |
|6||6||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Fourth round lost to Kei Nishikori |
|7||7||Tomáš Berdych||Quarterfinals lost to Rafael Nadal |
|8||8||Mardy Fish||Second round lost to Alejandro Falla|
|9||9||Janko Tipsarević||Third round lost to Richard Gasquet |
|10||10||Nicolás Almagro||Fourth round lost to Tomáš Berdych |
|11||11||Juan Martín del Potro||Quarterfinals lost to Roger Federer |
|12||12||Gilles Simon||Second round lost to Julien Benneteau|
|13||14||Alexandr Dolgopolov||Third round lost to Bernard Tomic|
|14||15||Gaël Monfils||Third round lost to Mikhail Kukushkin|
|15||16||Andy Roddick||Second round retired against Lleyton Hewitt [WC]|
|16||17||John Isner||Third round lost to Feliciano López |
|17||18||Richard Gasquet||Fourth round lost to David Ferrer |
|18||19||Feliciano López||Fourth round lost to Rafael Nadal |
|19||21||Viktor Troicki||Second round lost to Mikhail Kukushkin|
|20||22||Florian Mayer||withdrew due to hip strain|
|21||23||Stanislas Wawrinka||Third round lost to Nicolás Almagro |
|22||24||Fernando Verdasco||First round lost to Bernard Tomic|
|23||25||Milos Raonic||Third round lost to Lleyton Hewitt [WC]|
|24||26||Kei Nishikori||Quarterfinals lost to Andy Murray |
|25||27||Juan Mónaco||First round lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber|
|26||28||Marcel Granollers||Second round lost to Frederico Gil|
|27||29||Juan Ignacio Chela||Third round lost to David Ferrer |
|28||30||Ivan Ljubičić||First round lost to Lukáš Lacko [Q]|
|29||31||Radek Štěpánek||First round lost to Nicolas Mahut|
|30||32||Kevin Anderson||Third round lost to Tomáš Berdych |
|31||33||Jürgen Melzer||First round lost to Ivo Karlović|
|32||34||Alex Bogomolov, Jr.||Second round lost to Michaël Llodra|
Withdrawn players (Men's Singles)
|Rank||Player||Points||New points||Withdrew due to|
|20||Marin Čilić||patella tendon injury|
|Points won||New points||Status|
|1||1||Caroline Wozniacki||Quarterfinals lost to Kim Clijsters |
|2||2||Petra Kvitová||Semifinals lost to Maria Sharapova |
|3||3||Victoria Azarenka||Champion, won in the final against Maria Sharapova |
|4||4||Maria Sharapova||Runner-up, Final lost to Victoria Azarenka |
|5||5||Li Na||Fourth round lost to Kim Clijsters |
|6||6||Samantha Stosur||First round lost to Sorana Cîrstea|
|7||7||Vera Zvonareva||Third round lost to Ekaterina Makarova|
|8||8||Agnieszka Radwańska||Quarterfinals lost to Victoria Azarenka |
|9||9||Marion Bartoli||Third round lost to Zheng Jie|
|10||11||Francesca Schiavone||Second round lost to Romina Oprandi|
|11||12||Kim Clijsters||Semifinals lost to Victoria Azarenka |
|12||13||Serena Williams||Fourth round lost to Ekaterina Makarova|
|13||14||Jelena Janković||Fourth round lost to Caroline Wozniacki |
|14||15||Sabine Lisicki||Fourth round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|15||16||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||Second round lost to Vania King|
|16||17||Peng Shuai||Second round lost to Iveta Benešová|
|17||18||Dominika Cibulková||Second round lost to Gréta Arn|
|18||19||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Third round lost to Sabine Lisicki |
|19||20||Flavia Pennetta||First round lost to Nina Bratchikova [Q]|
|20||21||Daniela Hantuchová||Third round lost to Kim Clijsters |
|21||22||Ana Ivanovic||Fourth round lost to Petra Kvitová |
|22||23||Julia Görges||Fourth round lost to Agnieszka Radwańska |
|23||24||Roberta Vinci||Second round lost to Zheng Jie|
|24||25||Lucie Šafářová||First round lost to Christina McHale|
|25||26||Kaia Kanepi||Second round lost to Ekaterina Makarova|
|26||27||Anabel Medina Garrigues||Third round retired against Li Na |
|27||28||Maria Kirilenko||Third round retired against Petra Kvitová |
|28||29||Yanina Wickmayer||First round lost to Galina Voskoboeva|
|29||30||Nadia Petrova||Second round lost to Sara Errani|
|30||31||Angelique Kerber||Third round lost to Maria Sharapova |
|31||32||Monica Niculescu||Third round lost to Caroline Wozniacki |
|32||33||Petra Cetkovská||Second round lost to Mona Barthel|
Withdrawn players (Women's Singles)
|Rank||Player||Points||New points||Withdrew due to|
|10||Andrea Petkovic||stress fracture|
Main Draw Wildcard Entries
- Ashleigh Barty / Benjamin Mitchell
- Kimiko Date-Krumm / Kei Nishikori
- Casey Dellacqua / Matthew Ebden
- Jelena Dokić / Paul Hanley
- Jarmila Gajdošová / Bruno Soares
- Jelena Janković / Bernard Tomic
- Olivia Rogowska / Marinko Matosevic
The following players received as a Lucky Loser:
The following players were accepted directly into the main tournament, but withdrew with injuries.
Below is a list of the sixteen seeds for the boys and girls singles and the eight qualifiers for each event.
The field consisted of top seven ranked players in the men's and women's singles, the three top three ranked players in the quad singles category and one wildcard was chosen for each draw.
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