Australian Open: All that you need to know...
Here's some information, facts and figures that you may need to know regarding the year 2014's first major 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