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2008 Australian Open

Tennis Event information
Date14 � 27 January
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Men's SinglesRS Novak Djokovic
Women's SinglesRU Maria Sharapova
Men's DoublesIL Jonathan Erlich / IL Andy Ram
Women's DoublesUA Alona Bondarenko / UA Kateryna Bondarenko
Mixed DoublesCN Sun Tiantian / RS Nenad Zimonjić
Boys' SinglesAU Bernard Tomic
Girls' SinglesNL Arantxa Rus
Boys' DoublesTW Hsieh Cheng-peng / TW Yang Tsung-hua
Girls' DoublesRU Ksenia Lykina / RU Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Wheelchair Men's SinglesJP Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's SinglesNL Esther Vergeer
Wheelchair Quad SinglesGB Peter Norfolk
Wheelchair Men's DoublesJP Shingo Kunieda / JP Satoshi Saida
Wheelchair Women's DoublesNL Jiske Griffioen / NL Esther Vergeer
Wheelchair Quad DoublesUS Nick Taylor / US David Wagner
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The 2008 Australian Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 96th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, from 14 through 27 January 2008.

After twenty years of playing on Rebound Ace, the courts were changed to Plexicushion, a marginally faster surface. The new surface is notably thinner, and therefore has lower heat retention. This decision was made in a bid to reduce the "stick" of the court and the frequency of the extreme heat policy being invoked. However, the new surface faced criticism for being too similar to DecoTurf, the surface used at the U.S. Open. Player reaction to the change of surface was generally ambivalent.

For the mixed doubles, in every game, the first team to score four points, wins the game. In other words, should a deuce happen in a game, the team who wins the next point wins the game.

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