Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first of the four grand slams in a year. It is held evey January in Melbourne, Australia. The first Australian Open was held in 1905 and was played on grass until 1987. It was first called the Australasian Championships. Then it became the Australian Champions in 1927 and finally the Australian Open in 1969. In the 1920s, very few foreign tennis players played at the tournaments because it was a 45 day boat ride. The first players to arrive by plane were the US Davis Cup players in 1946. Two native early winners of the tournament were Norman Brookes (1911) and Anthony Wilding (1906, 1909). In 1969, with the start of new hard courts, the tournament was now made available to all players, including professionals who could not do the traditional circuit. Many of the best players missed this tournament up until 1982 because of the location, holidays, and the low prize money. In 1988, the tournament moved from the Kooyong stadium to Flinders Park (later renamed Melbourne Park). From 1982 to 1985 the tournament was held in December due to extreme weather and low attendance. Players have suggested of a switch to February because they are not in top tennis shape right after Christmas and New Years. The Australian Open continues to grow with more people attending every year.

 

 

Australian Open
French Open (Roland Garros)
Wimbledon
US Open