Australian Open will host Fortnite tournament

Tennis’ first grand slam of 2019 will feature more than just Tennis. This year one of Australia’s biggest esports events, the Fortnite Summer Smash will take place at the Margaret Court Arena and will feature AUD$500,000 (€312,000/$358,000) in prize money. The event is being co-organised by the Australian Open along with Epic Games and ESL .

The tournament will be open to the first 500 people who apply for entry over the age of 16. Participants must be Australian or New Zealand residents.

The competition will last two days, encompassing the women’s and men’s finals.  The qualifying event for the tournament will be held before the women’s final on January 26 and the tournament itself will be held prior to the men’s final on January 27.

Tickets to watch the event will be sold separately from the tennis and begin at AUD$49.


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