Thankfully fans will be on hand at Melbourne Park for next year’s Australian Open to watch the world’s best tennis stars bring the heat.
The Australian Open is getting back to normal in 2022 as crowds are welcomed back and restrictions are eased following a turbulent two years dealing with the pandemic.
Fully vaccinated players and spectators will be on hand at Melbourne Park as fans in the Victorian capital enjoy some rare live sport – something Covid has slammed the brakes on in recent times.
They’ll be up close and personal to see balls whizzing off racquets and marvelling at the men and women on tour who deliver their serves with the most oomph.
The Speed Serve was at Melbourne Park this year and will be back again in 2022, measuring just how fast players’ serves are travelling. TMGM, the official Online Trading Platform of the Australian Open, will be at the Speed Serve that gives fans at the venue — and viewers watching the broadcast at home on TV — extra insight into just how hard pros hit the ball.
Among the biggest hitters in the men’s game, at this year’s Australian Open Frenchman Gael Monfils and American Reilly Opelka thundered down serves at 232km/h, while Opelka’s countryman Taylor Fritz and Aussie young gun Alex de Minaur both hit the 228km/h mark.
On the women’s side, 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams (202km/h) put her opponents on the back foot off her own racquet, while four-time major winner Naomi Osaka (197km/h), Nadia Podoroska (197km/h) and Aryna Sabalenka (194km/h) also made the Speed Serve sizzle.
Those players will be hoping to keep the power game coming in 2022 as they seek to go deep into the Australian Open draw — while Aussie stars Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios will also be looking to give the home crowd reason to cheer.
TMGM plans to make the most of the loosened restrictions this year as they too look forward to welcoming tennis lovers back to Melbourne Park.
“We are taking full advantage,” TMGM Chief Marketing Officer Angelo D’Alessio said. “For AO22, we’re offering exclusive perks that we couldn’t last year because of the travel restrictions and temporary 5 days lockdown.”
Biggest servers at 2021 Australian Open
Gael Monfils, FRA – 232km/h
Reilly Opelka, USA – 232km/h
Taylor Fritz, USA – 228km/h
Aleksandar Vukic, AUS – 228km/h
Alex de Minaur, AUS 228km/h
Serena Williams, USA – 202km/h
Naomi Osaka, JPN – 197km/h
Nadia Podoroska, ARG – 197km/h
Aryna Sabalenka BLR, 194km/h
Olga Danilovic, SRB – 193km/h