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Posted on February 6th, 2024

Your Imagery Work Break – Australian Open 2023

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Warmer weather lies ahead and if you love to play tennis, you likely are a fan of the Australian Open. For your work break today, lace up those tennis shoes and take a stroll while pretending to swing a tennis racket around.

While working out the kinks in your shoulders, pause for just a second to check out this 50-centimeter WorldView-2 image collected around 11:19 a.m. on January 21, 2023, above the tennis courts at Melbourne Park. On this day, world renowned tennis stars were on the courts playing the third and fourth rounds of the men’s and women’s singles at the Australian Open!

The 2023 Australian Open was a Grand Slam level tennis tournament that ran from January 16th to 29th. It was the 111th edition of the Australian Open, but the first major of the year and the 55th in the Open Era. Each year, the tournament offers opportunities for professional tennis players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. There are even junior and wheelchair players in singles and doubles tournaments.

The 2023 Australian Open saw every seat filled for the first time since 2020 with more than 900,000 fans. There were capacity restrictions in 2021 and 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Novak Djokovic claimed the men’s singles title, his 10th Australian Open title and 22nd major title overall, tying Rafael Nadal‘s all-time record. Aryna Sabalenka won the women’s title, her first major singles title. Ashleigh Barty was the reigning champion in the women’s singles, but she retired from the sport in March 2022.

Melbourne Park features 25 outdoor courts (including two show courts), 12 indoor high-quality plexicushion courts, and eight Italian clay courts. There’s also the National Tennis Centre, gymnasiums, a players’ cafe, members lounge, social competition corner, pro shop and more.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Maxar. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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