The Australian Open is one of the most popular tennis tournaments in the world. Attendances to the Australian Open are second only to the U.S. Open, averaging over 660,000 people through the gates from 2010 – 2014.
The Australian Open is held annually during the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park which consists of three primary tennis courts, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena which are equipped with retractable roofs. It was the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to provide for indoor play during extreme weather conditions such as strong winds, heavy rain or extreme heat.
Because the tournament is played in the middle of the Australian summer, where temperatures can reach upwards of 40 degrees celcius (104 farenheit) there is also now an Extreme Heat Policy which is applied at the referee’s discretion.
Each year the Australian Open tennis tournament (not to be confused with the golf tournament with the same name) is played at the Melbourne Park tennis centre. It’s one of the world’s richest Grand Slam tennis tournaments with the total prize money exceeding $36,000,000 AUD. Since 1988 the Australian Open has been played on a hard court, specifically a surface called Plexicushion. This particular hard court material bounces lower and more predictably than the previous surface, Rebound Ace.
The Australian Open, being one of the four major Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the year, attracts the world’s best tennis players and is a major spectacle for the majority of Australians, whether they love tennis or only occasionally watch games on television, the Australian Open is one of Australia’s major sporting events in which people from all over the country enjoy in one way or another. The whole city of Melbourne turns into a center for die-hard tennis fans and casual observers of the game alike, most Australians love their sporting events and the Australian Open is no exception, providing plenty of opportunities for entertainment and conversation.
Recent Australian Open Winners & Results
2014 Men’s Winner: Stanislas Wawrinka
2014 Men’s Runner Up: Rafael Nadal
2014 Women’s Winner: Li Naa
2014 Women’s Runner Up: Dominika Cibulková
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