Why the Australian Open Has Cancelled Its Australia Day Celebrations

In 2023, the Australian Open will be joining a bunch of other organisations in not celebrating Australia Day. That’s correct, they’re boycotting this event. The Australian Open has chosen not to party on January 26 and, instead, stand in solidarity with First Nations peoples.

“We are mindful there are differing views, and at the Australian Open, we are inclusive and respectful of all,” said Tennis Australia

“We acknowledge the historical significance and deep spiritual connection our First Peoples have to this land and recognise this with a Welcome to Country on stadium screens prior to both the day and night session daily.”

The Australian Open will not be doing its typical Australia Day fireworks event. Nor will it be playing the nation’s anthem before the evening. 

Some other organisations that won’t be celebrating Australia Day include the likes of Network Ten, the Victorian Government, and Triple J’s Hottest 100. This comes as more and more individuals consider partying on a day that a British invasion kicked off to be cringy and yikes. 

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First Nations Day — Ignored by the Public

On January 18, the Australian Open celebrated its own First Nations Day. They did this by organising a Call to Country, art installations, and food full of Indigenous ingredients. However, this celebration didn’t make much of a splash online, as some individuals only want First Nations issues to be divisive.

“Tennis Australia has worked hand-in-hand with our community to recognise and value Aboriginal people and culture,” said Wurundjeri Senior Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin . “Each year gets better and better, and I am so excited about the diversity of activations.”

In attendance was tennis legend and proud Ngarigo woman, Ash Barty. Additionally, the former number one player was stoked to be supporting this shindig. 

“It’s so nice to be back here again,” said Barty. 

“To see plenty of good kids coming out, kids from all over the country. A day like today brings people together, and I am happy to be here back on the court hitting yellow balls. It is few and far between these days.”

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