Australia’s Open on ABC – Every January, the Australian Open commands global attention, but when off-court drama steals the show, Australia itself becomes part of the spectacle.

Part two of Australia’s Open counterpoints irresistible on-court drama with the nation’s off-court divisions as they are unintentionally revealed to the world. In recent years the Australian Open becomes a stage for the nation’s same-sex marriage debate; confronting treatment of refugees; and complex relationship to its colonial past.

The film’s heavy-hitting cast includes former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash whose story reveals the double-edged sword of a nation’s hunger for victory and CEO Craig Tiley who relives the controversial deportation of Novak Djokovic in 2022.

Other contributors include former Chair of the US Open Katrina Adams; New York Times correspondent Damien Cave; broadcasters Shelley Ware, Bruce McAvaney and veteran journalist Tracey Holmes.

Australia’s Open goes inside some of the tournament’s most memorable finals, including Serena and Venus Williams’ last Grand Slam final and unexpected comebacks from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Australia’s Open captures the poetry and power of the tournament because at the Australian Open, there is always more than a game at stake.


Australia’s Open on ABC and ABC iview – Wednesday 10 January, 2024 at 8.30pm

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Australia's Open on ABC