Australian Open

Australian Open

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Australian Open is one of the most significant tennis tournaments in the world, which annually takes place in Melbourne, Australia, over the last fortnight of January.

It is worth noting that it belongs to the list of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It is the first one in the series, followed by the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and at lastly by the US Open, which traditionally takes place in August/September.

The Australian Open features women’s and men’s singles; women’s, men’s and junior and mixed doubles championships. Besides that, it offers various legends, wheelchair exhibition events. This tournament is usually marked by very high attendance, and yields only to the US Open. You should take into consideration that it was the very first tournament out of the four Majors to feature indoor play irrespective of weather conditions. The tournament is also very popular among sports bettors; all reputable bookmakers offer Australian Open odds.

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Historical Review

Australian Open was organized for the first time in Melbourne in 1905. It is managed by Tennis Australia, which was formerly known under the name of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA). By the way, “Australian Open” is the modern name of the tournament, and at the beginning it was called as the Australasian Championship, and only in 1969 it was renamed into its current name. Before choosing one and the same city where the tournament could be held all the time, it took place in various locations such as Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Christchurch, Perth and Hastings. Only after decades of tournaments it was decided to stick to Melbourne. As a result it has become the only city where Australian Open is held nowadays.

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At first this tournament wasn’t popular due to the geographical remoteness of Australia. Very few foreign players participated in Australian Open, and the audience was scarce. It took several years to gain popularity among the professional tennis players and the devoted fans of this game. They realized that the Australian Open offers unique experiences for both sides: the players have a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their outstanding talents and win the prizes, while the spectators get a chance to enjoy really exciting sets between the top tennis players.

rogerPeculiar occurrences

Australian Open has quite a significant heritage, so no wonder there are so many interesting stories and peculiar occurrences linked to the tournament. For example, the youngest Grand Slam champion of the 20th century was 16year-old Martina Hingis, who has managed to capture the title in 1997. The longest women’s match in the whole history of Grand Slam, not only of the Australian Open, was played between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone, and lasted for 4 hours and 44 minutes. There are lots of outstanding tennis players, who have the honorary Open Era record. Among them are the following personalities: Serena Williams, Evonne Goolagong, Famers Margaret Court, Monica Seles and Steffi Graff.

Prize pool and trophies

A motivating prize pool makes this tournament especially attractive for all the participants. Traditionally, the prize money awarded in women’s and men’s singles tournament is distributed in equal parts. The total prize money for the latest 2013 tournament accounts for 30,000,000 AUD. This year the prize pool was distributed in the following way:

 

Singles

Doubles

Mixed Doubles

W
$2,430,000 $475,000 $135,500
F
$1,215,000 $237,500 $67,500
SF
$500,000 $118,750 $33,900
QF
$250,000 $60,000 $15,500
4R
$125,000 - -
3R
$71,000 $33,500 -
2R
$45,500 $19,500 $7,800
1R
$27,600 $12,500 $3,800
Q3
$13,120 - -
Q2
$6,560 - -
Q1
$3,280 - -

 

You should take into consideration that the currency used at the tournament is the Australian dollar. If exchanged to some other currencies like EUR or USD, the average prize would account for 2-3 million USD, or 2 million EUR. A significant prize pool is not the only thing attracting so many talented tennis players. Besides the money, the winner gets world-wide fame and his/her name written on perpetual trophy Cups.

 Ranking points

You should take into consideration that the ranking points for the WTA and ATP have varied at the Australian Open, but anyway, single players receive the following points:

Event

Singles

Doubles

Points (M)

Points (F)

Points (M)

Points (F)

W
 2000  2000 2000  2000
F
1200 1400 1200 1400
SF
760 900 760 900
QF
360 500 360 500
4R
180  280 180 280
3R
 90  160  90 160
2R
 45 100 - 5
1R
10  5 -  -
Q
25 60 - -
Q3
 16 50  - -
Q2
 8 40 - -
Q1
 0 2  - -