Grand Slam: The Australian Open

Grand Slam: The Australian Open

The first of the four Grand Slam tennis events, the Australian Open, is played during the month of January, usually at the Melbourne Park, Australia. This is the time that the kings and queens of tennis, such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, showcase their skills to an admiring Australian public.

The Australian Open was originally contested on grass in 1905. The grass surface remained unchanged until 1987 when the surface was replaced with a hard court surface for tennis.

Matts Wilander is the only man to have ever won the event on both the grass and the hard court surfaces. Many courts makes up the Australian Open venue but the two main courts, the Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena, are reserved for the high interest matches featuring the higher ranked tennis players. Both these courts have a retractable roof which can be closed to protect the players and the surface from rain or extreme heat.

The Australian Open comprises of a variety of competitions which make up the championship. These include the Men’s and Women’s singles, Men’s and Women’s doubles, the Mixed doubles and numerous junior events.

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