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Australian Open 2021 is coming || Top tips for getting tickets

With tickets to the 2021 Australian Open going on sale soon, here's everything you need to know to give you the best chance of being there.

Wondering how to get tickets to the 2021 Australian Open?  Get prepared with our top tips – good luck!

The Australian Open is returning with all the biggest names and tennis moments that make it an absolute must-see event – and you can be there to see all the action! Kicking off the 2021 Grand Slam run in fine form, the Australian Open will take place at the marvellous Melbourne Park precinct this February.

In 2021, the AO has a new game plan to ensure the safety of everyone onsite. As part of their focus on safety, the Melbourne Park precinct will be subdivided into three zones, each including one of our three major arenas. Each zone offers its own unique combination of live experiences, food and beverage and tennis action. 
**Please note that your ticket is specific to a zone, and travel between zones is not permitted after entry.

Get ready for all the incredible on court action served up to you by the world’s best.

Australian Open key dates

With two weeks of tennis action ready to unfold, taking place from Monday 8 February until Sunday 21 February, you better strap yourself in.

The tournament will come to a head on Saturday 20 February when the 2021 Australian Open Women’s champion is crowned, while the Men’s Final will take place the following day, on Sunday 21 February.

The Women’s Semifinals will be held during the day on Thursday 18 February and the first Men’s Semifinal will take place that night, followed by the second semi on Friday 19 February. The Australian Open Quarterfinals will be held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February.

“This will be a historic Australian Open on so many levels.For the first time in more than 100 years the Australian Open will start in February and we look forward to offering the players what we believe will be one of their best playing experiences in 2021.

Craig Tiley, Australian Open Tournament Director says. 

“From the outset, ensuring players have the best possible preparation for the Australian Open, while at all times protecting the precious COVID-free environment that the Victorian community has built through incredible sacrifice and hard work over the past six months, has been paramount.

“AO 2021 is going to be all about supporting local businesses – our tennis coaches, the farmers, food and wine producers, chefs, artists and musicians – and celebrating everything that is great about our country, as well as providing opportunities to those who’ve been so hard hit during the pandemic, particularly in Melbourne and Victoria.”

When do 2021 Australian Open tickets go on sale?

  • General Public Onsale – Wednesday 23 December @ 12pm AEDT

What are the ticketing zones for the 2021 Australian Open?

In 2021, the AO has a new game plan to ensure the safety of everyone onsite. As part of their focus on safety, the Melbourne Park precinct will be subdivided into three zones, each including one of our three major arenas. Each zone offers its own unique combination of live experiences, food and beverage and tennis action. 

**Please note that your ticket is specific to a zone, and travel between zones is not permitted after entry.

Margaret Court Arena Zone – Catch the stars of tomorrow on the outdoor western courts, the stars of today in Margaret Court Arena, or relax with some of Victoria’s finest produce and drinks at Garden Square.

Rod Laver Arena Zone – Go all out for your day at the AO 2021, with exclusive access to the world’s top ranked players at Rod Laver Arena. Pair best-in-class play with dining done your way, thanks to the food, beverage, shopping, and premium dining available at Grand Slam Oval. Please note, access to the outside courts is not available within this zone.

John Cain Arena Zone – Nothing captures the AO spirit like hearing the cheers at John Cain Arena (previously Melbourne Arena), or spotting your favourite player in the Practice Village. Enjoy all the happiest moments from the Slam, along with access to a slice of Grand Slam Oval.

What capacity will the Australian Open 2021 be, and where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets will be available to the three main arenas – Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena (previously Melbourne Arena) – from Ticketmaster.com.au first. Each arena will be sold at 25% capacity. Extra tickets may be released at a later date, pending Government advice and restrictions.

No ground passes will be available for purchase in the first release of tickets.

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All Australian Open 2021 tickets will be digital

ticketmaster mobile tickets

All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are now digital, meaning you can easily access your tickets on your phone via the Ticketmaster app, add them straight to your phone’s ticket wallet, and share them with your friends and family.

No PDFs, no printing, and no paper mean that you’ve always got your ticket with you.

Please note, tickets will not be accessible until closer to the event, and customers will be notitified when they are able to access or forward their tickets.

There will be fan pods

Ticketmaster and Tennis Australia will provide special seating plans to ensure safe, socially-distancing seating at each arena. 

Tickets will be available to purchase through an interactive seat map, with space separating each pod to ensure everyone can have a good time while remaining safe.

When selecting a fan pod, you must purchase the amount of tickets in that pod – pods will be available in groups of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 tickets. This ensures that no fans outside of your party will be seated next to you to maintain social distancing.

It is encouraged to find friends to attend with, as there will be a greater number of pods available for larger groups (up to a maximum of 6).

When purchasing fan pod tickets, ensure you select enough tickets for your group, this way you will all be seated together.

There will be a ticket buying queue

We expect that tickets to the 2021 Australian Open will be in high demand, and to make the process fair for everyone you will be placed in a queue.

We recommend signing into your Ticketmaster account at least 10 minutes before tickets go on sale to save your spot and join the Pre-Queue waiting room.

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Once you get your spot in the queue, please do not refresh your browser as you will be pushed to the end of the line. We will get you through the queue as quickly as possible, so please sit tight.

How do I purchase Accessible Seating tickets?

Tennis fans who require accessible tickets to the 2021 Australian Open can purchase these through the General Public page. Please select the number of wheelchair, accessible, and/or companion card tickets you would like to purchase.

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Make sure you have a My Ticketmaster account

Get the basics covered before tickets go on sale by logging in and checking your Ticketmaster account ahead of time. If you don’t have a Ticketmaster Account, make sure you sign up in advance – Ticketmaster.com.au. In your account, add your top acts and events to your ‘Favourites’ and you’ll get alerts and email reminders before every on sale.

Sign in ahead of time

Remember to triple check your passwords, account information and billing information are all filled in correctly in advance, that way you’re not facing any last-minute account updates when trying to process your order.

Keep an eye on the clock

There will be a time limit applied to all transactions as they’re progressed through the ticket purchasing stages. Remember to keep an eye on the timer on your screen and move through the processing pages as quickly as possible (this is even easier when you’ve completed the account set-up stage we mentioned above).

Ensure everyone has their own ticket

Before the event, make sure all adults have their own ticket on their own phone – that way we can ensure social distancing and reduce queues at the entry gates. Ticket Forwarding is free and allows you to quickly and securely share individual digital tickets with your family or friends via the Ticketmaster App or Ticketmaster.com.au

There will be a delay on Ticket Forwarding prior to the event. All ticket holders will be notified as the Ticket Forwarding feature is enabled.

How it works

1. Open the Ticketmaster App, sign in to your account, and click ‘My Events’ in the drop-down menu

2.Select the event, open the order, and tap ‘Forward’

3.Select the ticket/s you want to forward, enter your friend’s name, email address, and a message for them, tap ‘Confirm’

4.Your friend receives an email, asking them to accept the forwarded tickets, and they can either login or create a new Ticketmaster account to accept.

5.The tickets are now ready to go in your friend’s Ticketmaster account and marked as ‘Forwarded’ in your account .


More information on Ticket Forward

The 2021 Australian Open will take place from Monday 8 February until Sunday 21 February. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 23 December @ 12pm AEDT via Ticketmaster.com.au.