Facts not known about the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam!!
The world’s best tennis players gath
er in Australia in January every year with the aim of play the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. The tournament is played in mid-summer in Australia and will surely test the players to see how to fit their training has gone, as the last Grand Slam, the U.S. Open will normally be played during the September earlier. This post will familiarize you with some facts about the Australian Open, covering the history, the conditions, the players and the important statistics.
The tournament was first presented in 1905, although it was initially known as the Australian Championships. It didn’t take on its new name, the Australian Open, until 1969. The tournament is now played in Melbourne and has been since 1972, although before it was played in a number of different Australian cities.
The Australian Open has the difference of actually being played in an entirely different country, as the 1906 and 1912 tournaments were played in New Zealand.
As mentioned, the tournament is played for the duration of the Australian summer and the temperature even reaches over 40 degrees Celsius, and this is fit in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 2007 tournament saw such unbelievably high temperatures that many players had to be placed on intravenous drips.
The tournament now has an Extreme Heat Policy (EHP) and the umpires have the capability to hang play if they have faith in the temperature is dangerously high. Retractable roofs have now also been added to many of the courts in an attempt to overcome the extreme heat.
The temperature can be that extreme that the tennis balls have been recognized to shrink or expand, thus meaning that they often respond in a different way when they come into contact with the actual court and tennis racquets.
Amazingly the newest and oldest ever winner of the men’s Australian Open is the same person, Ken Rosewall. He secured the tournament at the age of 18 in 1953 and also at the age of 37 in 1972.
The youngest women’s winner of the Australian Open is Martina Hingis who turns out to be a champion in 1997 at the tender age of 16.
Prior to the open age being presented in 1969 (a year later than the other 3 Grand Slams), Roy Emerson won the competition a record 6 times. Since the beginning of the open era, which is when the match was opened to professionals, three players, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, have all won the tournament 4 times.
Margaret Court has won the tournament a total of 11 times, but only 4 times since the open era. Serena Williams can boast 5 titles since the Open era began.
Numbers and Statistics
It is projected that over 40,000 Wilson tennis balls are used every year in the contest.
Over half a million spectators attend the tournament annually with 2007 seeing a record 554,858 spectators.