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Melbourne Summer Series 2021: Barty, Kyrgios headline Australian Open lead-up tournaments

Tennis season is warming up!

The world’s best tennis players have kicked off the Australian summer of tennis with four blockbuster tournaments for the 2021 Melbourne Summer Series.

The series, made up of two WTA 500 and two ATP 250 tournaments, sees players competing for more than $2.2 million in prize money before they head into next week’s 2021 Australian Open.

Transforming Melbourne Park, each tournament name honours a key region of Victoria – Gippsland, the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road and the Murray River, with Phillip Island attached to the WTA event in week two of the Australian Open.

Australian superstars, world No.1 Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios, have provided some incredible on court highlights across some very competitive fields.

Last summer, Barty won the inaugural Adelaide International title and became the first local woman to reach an Australian Open semifinal since Wendy Turnbull in 1984.

Use the interactive map to get the best seats

The easiest way to purchase tickets to this year’s Melbourne Summer Series is to use our interactive map. Once you select your day and session, you’ll be taken to the event page, ready to purchase your tickets. On our interactive map, the blue sections indicate where seats are available.

Select the section you’d like to purchase tickets in to view which seats are still available. Seats for the Melbourne Summer Series are split into COVID-safe, socially-distanced pods, so be sure to select the whole pod before trying to continue.

Once you’ve selected your pod, you can press the ‘Get Tickets’ button and you’re on your way to the Melbourne Summer Series.

The Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic began with a huge 64-player draw, with the top-32 ranked players split across the two events.

Barty has been competing as part of a fierce, Grand Slam-quality field, with 49 of the world’s top 50 players taking the court. There were 15 Grand Slam singles champions on the entry list including world No.2 Simona Halep, No.3 Naomi Osaka, reigning Australian Open champion, 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber.

With hotly contested third round battles including Barty V Marie Bouzkova (16) and Karolina Pliskova (3) V Danielle Collins (13), we can’t wait to see what the finals have in store.

On the men’s side, Kyrgios is competing in the Murray River Open, joining former AO champion [18] Stan Wawrinka and [19] Grigor Dimitrov. The draw has seen some breathtaking head to head battles, with things only getting tighter as we move closer to the inaugural championship.

World No.20 Karen Khachanov has been on fire in the Great Ocean Road Open, with former top-10 player Kevin Anderson and Australia’s Jordan Thompson all advancing through to the round of 16.

To ensure the safety of all patrons on site, the Melbourne Park precinct is split into three zones. You can read more about them here.

The Melbourne Summer Series is transforming Melbourne Park until Saturday 6 February. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.au.