When tennis Australia is mentioned one of the first things that come to the mind is the Australian Open. This is one of the four Grand Slam Events. Naturally, it is one of the most coveted events. The Australian Open was first played in 1905 and there are many interesting facts about this tournament.
Understanding Harsh Weather Conditions
This event of tennis Australia kick starts in the January. This is the summer month in Australia. The temperatures can go above 45 degrees Celsius. As a result players have a tough time. The heat is just too much. It is for this reason that the organisers have started the Extreme Heat Policy. If the heat is intolerable for the players then the umpire can suspend the match.
The Fact About Name Changes
This tournament has undergone name changes before it finally got its current name. In 1905 it was known as the Australasian Championships. In 1927, renames as Australian Championships. Finally, in the year 1969, the tournament was named as the Australian Open. Till date, the tournament is played with this name.
Earlier Grass Courts Were Used
When this tennis Australia tournament was started it was played on the grass court. For 82 years it was played on grass court. Then in the year 1988, the Green Rebound Ace hardcourt surface was used. This surface was used untill 2007. Then in 2008, it was replaced with Blue Plexicushion hard court surface. Till date, this surface has been used in this tournament.
No Participation By Professional Players In The 70’s And Early 80’s
This grand tennis Australia tournament which is more than 100 years old has seen some of the greatest tennis players win the tournament. However, in the 70’s and in the early 80’s many top players did not play in the tournament. Some of the reasons that they avoided the tournament were a remote location, the dates of the event and the low prize money.
The Oldest And The Youngest Player To Win The Tournament Is The Same
Ken Rosewall was an all time great tennis player. He won 8 Grand Slam titles. Of these 4 were Australian Open titles. He won his first Australian Open title in 1953. He was only 18 years old at that time. The fourth time he won the tournament was in 1972 when he was 37 years and 2 months old. This made him the oldest player to win the tournament.
The First Tournament Was Held On A Cricket Stadium
You will be amazed to know that the first Australian Open was actually played on a cricket stadium. It was held at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground. It is now known as the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre.
These are some of the interesting facts about Australian Open. Last but not the least this is the only Grand Slam Tournament which is played not just in different cities but in different countries; in Australia and in New Zealand.