Here's what you need to know about the year's first grand slam that gets underway in Melbourne today
Number of entries...
Men’s singles: 128 (104 direct entries based on rankings, 16 qualifiers, eight wildcards)
Women’s singles: 128 (108 direct entries, 12 qualifiers, (eight wildcards).
Men's doubles: 64 pairs (seven wildcards)
Women's doubles: 64 pairs (seven wildcards)
Mixed doubles: 32 pairs (seven wildcards)
World No 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and World No 2 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
The challengers men…
World No 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain) and World No 3 David Ferrer (Spain)
World No 4 Andy Murray (Great Britain) and World No 6 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
World No 1 Serena Williams (USA) and No 3 Maria Sharapova (Russia)
Rod Laver Arena: The centre court, named after the Australian tennis great, seats almost 15,000 spectators and was one of the first tennis courts to feature a retractable roof.
Hisense Arena: The second court, opened in 2000, also has a retractable roof and can has a capacity of approximately 10,500.
Weather conditions: Given the fluctuating weather conditions in Melbourne, the two prominent courts at the Australian Open — the Rod Laver and the Hisense Arenas — both have retractable roofs which may be utilised during the tournament as per the organisers’ Extreme Heat Policy (EHP).
The men's and women's cups
Total prize money: AUD 33 million
Singles champions: AUD 2.65 million
Singles Runner-up: AUD 1.32 million
Doubles winner: AUD 520,000
Doubles runner-up: AUD 260,000
Mixed doubles winner: AUD 135,400
Mixed doubles runner-up: AUD 67,750
Indians at the Australian Open 2014...
* Rd 1: Somdev Devvarman vs Feliciano Lopez (World No 26)
* Rd 1: Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-ul-Haq vs Rameez Junaid & Adrian Mannarino
* Rd 1: Divij Sharan & Yen-Hsun Lu vs Johan Brunstrom & Frederik Nielsen
* Rd 1: Leander Paes & Radek Stepanek vs Lukas Dlouhy & Lukas Rosol
* Rd 1: Yuki Bhambri & Michael Venus vs Roberto Bautista Agut & Daniel Gimeno-Traver
* Rd 1: Mahesh Bhupathi & Rajeev Ram vs Santiago Giraldo & Joao Sousa
Sania Mirza* Sania Mirza & Cara Black vs Tammi Patterson & Arina Rodionova
Mixed doubles draws to be announced later
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