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Australia’s Open: Series Premiere (ABC TV Tuesday 9 January 2024)

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Australia’s Open, a compelling new series, delves into the world of the Australian Open tennis tournament. Beyond the exciting matches, the series explores how the event inadvertently exposes Australia’s social divisions to the global stage. Through archival footage, impactful gameplay, and thought-provoking interviews, the series provides an in-depth look at the tournament’s evolution and its impact on the nation.

The Evolution of the Australian Open

In the series premiere of Australia’s Open, viewers are taken on a journey through the history of the Australian Open tennis tournament. From its humble beginnings as a suburban tennis club event to becoming the largest and most significant annual sporting event in the southern hemisphere, the tournament’s rise has been nothing short of remarkable.

In the 1980s, the Australian Open faced the risk of losing its Grand Slam status. Determined to preserve the tournament’s reputation, organisers embarked on a mission to project an image of a carefree and vibrant Australia to the world. This effort, aptly named “Australianisation,” brought unique elements to the tournament, such as stock horses on the court, beachside bars, and an abundance of kangaroos, all encompassing the spirit of the country. The approach proved successful, attracting a growing number of international visitors and star players.

As the tournament gained traction, lucrative broadcast deals followed, cementing its status as “The Happy Slam.” Historic finals in 2017 captivated the world’s attention, affirming the tournament’s importance in the global sporting landscape. However, beyond the cheers and celebrations, Australia’s Open inadvertently exposes a more complex side of the country, contradicting the idyllic image portrayed.

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Australia’s Open captures the essence and significance of the tournament by highlighting that there is much more at stake than simply the matches played on the court. The series delves into the intersection of sport, culture, and society, showcasing how the Australian Open reflects and shapes Australia’s identity.

Don’t miss the premiere of Australia’s Open on Tuesday, January 9 at 8.30 pm on ABC TV. For viewers who prefer streaming, both episodes of the series will be available on ABC iview. Immerse yourself in the poetry and power of the Australian Open and discover the complexities that lie beneath the surface of this iconic event.


Jackson Anderson, your go-to Australian TV Correspondent, reporting on all things Aussie TV and Streaming. With a deep passion for extreme sports, especially snowboarding, I blend my love for adrenaline with my storytelling skills. Join me as I dive into the world of Australian entertainment and bring you all the latest news.

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