We all have heard of the world-famous tennis tournaments around the globe. There is the French Open, the US Open and, of course, the Australian Open. The tournament for 2018 has already gone and now, we are all set for the 2019 tournament.
Is it too early to get ready for the 2019 tournaments? Well, you can never be too early when it comes to these things, you know.
By the way, have you ever tried to sit down and think back on when this all started? It is a popular theme now but in the years of its start-up, most of what we know come from tennis history books. Well, here is what you need to know on how the Australian Open came to be:
The competition was initially called the “Australasian Championships” which was eventually revised to be the “Australian Championships” in 1927. The term “Australian Open” was coined in 1969. The tournament was conducted in 5 cities in Australia and 2 cities in New Zealand: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for Australia and Hastings and Christchurch for New Zealand. The tournaments have begun in as early as 1905 but they were not considered as primary games until the year 1924 brought about by the decision of the International Lawn tennis Federation or ILTF. The tournament arrangement was revised by the committee.
In response to the highest amount of patronage in the city of Melbourne, it was announced that the tournament will be held in Melbourne annually.
Because of the location of Australia, the number of foreign players joining the competition is not much. The long travels by ocean usually took more than a month in the 1920’s and this was one of the major factors why only a few foreigners decide to join. In the years that ensued, the committee resorted to using different venues in order to support easier travel conditions that would result in higher attendance. Since 1988, the Australian Open has been held at Melbourne Park which has undergone major redevelopments to match the technological advances of our time. If you want to watch the next tournament, Australian Open tickets sell out fast and the time to get one is now.
All famous and world-renowned tennis players were definitely players in the Australian Open. Each year, tennis fanatics all over the globe are anticipating the epic matches that occur in such tournament. Some of the tennis hall of fame who has graced the Australian Open are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Andre Agassi, Caroline Wozniacki and a bunch of other well-known names from past decades and current active tennis players.
In 1969, the Australian Open welcomed the professional tennis players in the tournament and thus recorded some all-time highs such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer winning the most number of Men’s Singles titles, Serena Williams winning the most number of Women’s Singles titles and Martina Navratilova for winning most championship titles.
The history of the Australian Open is rich and full of stories to fill a tennis fanatic’s day. In looking back to where it all began, there is more appreciation of what is around us today. It only shows that the Australian Open is a colourful history worth remembering.