The Australian Open: The Beginnings of the First Grand Slam of the Year

The Australian OpenGrand Slam excitement envelopes Melbourne Park and the rest of Australia every January since the year 1905. Fans expect no less than world-class tennis to be played on the hard court by top-seeded men and women. Earlier this year, thousands went to Melbourne to witness men’s tennis number one, Serbian Novak Djokovic won another Grand Slam title. He clinched his sixth Australian Open trophy in January in a memorable match against Britain’s Andy Murray. Now, Djokovic equals Roy Emerson’s tournament record. Fans can only anticipate the exciting events that will unfold when the tournament opens again next year.

The first grand slam event of the calendar year

Some of the greatest tennis players of all time have showcased their skill at the Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena, the main stadiums of the Australian Open. It is one of the four Grand Slam events conducted annually. The other three are the French Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon. If you are a tennis fan, then you already know it is the first major tournament of the year.

When it opened in 1905, the court used was grass. Back then, it was dubbed ‘The Australasian Championships’. After another name change in 1927 to ‘The Australian Open’, it was renamed ‘Australian Open’ in 1969.

Hard court tennis

In 1988, Melbourne Park surfaces were converted to hard court. Today, the two main arenas are equipped with retractable roofs. Melbourne has been the permanent home of the Grand Slam event since 1972. The renowned event has separate events for men and women, as well as doubles events. There are masters and juniors competition as well.

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Tennis fans and Grand Slam enthusiasts must pay attention to tournament dates so that they can make the most of the Australian open ticket sales opportunities. The schedule of the tournament, which is right after the holidays, has been a drawback since its inception, but the tournament continues to draw fans not only from other Australian territories but also from different countries in the world.