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The history of the US Open dates back to 1881, when the first US Men's National Tennis Championship was held in Newport. After some time, men's pairs began to fight for the championship. Women only joined the prank in 1887. A little later, a competition was held among female couples.
For a long time, men's, women's and doubles tournaments were held at different times and in different places. The merger occurred in 1968, when the first US Open was held.
And in 1978, this tournament became the first in which both men and women received the same amount of prize money for winning. In other competitions there was a noticeable bias towards the stronger sex.
If you do not take the first tournaments that became the progenitors of the US Open, then the record holder for titles in men's singles is the American Jimmy Connors. On his wall of fame are five trophies he won between 1974 and 1983. Later, his record was repeated by two more tennis players: Pete Sampras, who won his titles from 1990 to 2002, and Roger Federer, who distinguished himself five times in a row. - from 2004 to 2008. In 2009, he could break the record, but in the final he lost to Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro. This season, the Swiss will again try to climb this American tennis Olympus.
In women, the only holder of the record, six victories in recent history, is American Chris Evert. She received awards from 1975 to 1982, including four consecutive awards from 1975 to 1978.
1. The history of the US Tennis Championship began in Newport, Rhode Island, which is now home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. In August 1881, the American Lawn Tennis Association organized the first men's tennis tournament at a local club.
2. Only members of this club were admitted to it - 26 people. The strongest among them was Richard Sears, who later became the winner for seven years in a row. To achieve this result, he was largely helped by the rule that existed at that time: the champion automatically got into the final of the next year.
3. This format lasted until 1911 inclusive. It is curious that the competitions were held to the accompaniment of classical music. A little later, this tournament was called the US National Championship, and with the onset of the Open Era, it was renamed the US Open.
4. The Women's Tennis Tournament within the US National Championship dates back to 1887 on the courts of the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
5. The first champion was Ellen Henzel. Two years later, doubles competitions were included in the tournament program, and after another two years, mixed doubles competitions were added to them.
6. It is worth noting that, with the exception of four war years, until 1968, the US Championship in different categories was held at different stadiums. For example, since 1917, the US national doubles tennis championship has been held in Massachusetts on the courts of the Longwood Cricket Club.
7. In 1915, the men played their championship for the first time in the quiet New York suburb of Forest Hills on the courts of the West Side Tennis Club. The growing popularity of the tournament leads to the construction of a horseshoe-shaped tennis stadium here, accommodating up to 15,000 spectators.
8. This stadium will later become the main arena of the US championship, and in 1968, the history of the US Open will begin here. In 1978, the US Open finally outgrew Forest Hills, and the championship moved to the new USTA National Tennis Center in New York's Flushing Meadows Park. Five years ago, the stadium received its current name - in honor of Billie Jean King.
9. The American championship in its century-old history has changed three main types of court coverage - until 1975 they played on grass, then for three years - on green ground, and in 1978 it was the turn of hard. In 2005, for the sake of television, this coating changed its color from green to blue.
10. Americans can be proud that they have a champion who has won on all surfaces - this is Jimmy Connors. His no less famous compatriot Chris Evert won victories here on two surfaces, while she was the only woman to win the tournament on clay.
11. Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert also hold the record for most singles titles in the Open Era. Connors won five times, subsequently Pete Sampras and Roger Federer were able to repeat his record. Evert became the champion six times.
12. The absolute record holder for the most titles in all categories in the Open Era is Martina Navratilova, who won 16 times (four titles in singles, nine in doubles and three in mixed doubles). Martina won her last title on the eve of her 50th birthday, becoming the oldest Grand Slam champion.
13. The youngest championship winners are Pete Sampras (19 years 1 month) and Tracy Austin (16 years 8 months).
14. In 1968, the American Artush Ash, in whose honor the main arena at Flushing Meadows would later be named, became the first African American Grand Slam champion. In addition, it was the first American title since 1955.
15. The New York Times called Ash's victory "the most notable achievement of a Negro athlete" at the time. However, due to his amateur status, the 25-year-old US Army lieutenant was unable to receive the $14,000 due for the victory. The organizers paid Ash only a legal daily allowance of $ 15 for each game day of the championship.
16. In 1970, Margaret Court scored a hat-trick, becoming the absolute champion of the US Open. It was the first such success in the history of women's championships. After 17 years, Martina Navratilova was able to repeat this record.
17. The fastest men's final was in 1974, when 22-year-old Jimmy Connors crushed 39-year-old Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in 78 minutes.
18. In 1978, Chris Evert won the US Open for the fourth time in a row. Before her, Molla Mallory (1915-1918) and Helen Jacobs (1932-1935) achieved the same. Among men, the Open Era record holder is Roger Federer, who won five times in a row (2004-2008).
19. The American Championship is the first tournament where the prize money for men and women was equal. It happened in 1973, when Margaret Smith-Court and John Newcomb became the proud owners of $25,000 checks. We can say that innovation is the profile of the US Open.
20. In 1970, a tie-break was played here for the first time at the Grand Slam tournaments, five years later, evening matches were held under artificial lighting for the first time, and in 2006, the Hawkeye system was used.
21. In 2001, for the first time in the history of the Grand Slam tournaments, the women's final was scheduled for prime time television. The match between the Williams sisters was eventually watched by 22,700,000 viewers.
22. In 1996, before the start of the tournament, a scandal erupted over the seeding of tennis players. The announced seeding did not match the rating, which caused criticism from the leadership of the ATP and leading tennis players. This practice existed only at Wimbledon, and at the US Open it was a complete surprise. Then, in a strange way, the tournament bracket was formed: the seeded players were entered into it at a closed meeting in a New York restaurant after the draw.
23. Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who was seeded seventh instead of fourth, considered himself the main victim of such manipulations. In protest, Eugene left New York, providing a certificate of back injury as an official explanation.
24. A special press conference of the 50 strongest tennis players took place next, at which they declared the inadmissibility of such a practice in the future and otherwise threatened with a boycott. As a result, the organizers decided to hold a second draw, but did not reveal their original goals.
25. On the sidelines, everyone agreed that all this was started for a possible Sampras-Agassi final, which, however, never took place. Two years later, the tournament management again adjusted the seeding, but this no longer caused a fuss. Steffi Graf, who was returning from an injury, was 38th in the ranking, and the organizers raised the German by 30 positions. In the end, Natasha Zvereva turned out to be the victim, but then few people doubted the correctness of the decision.
26. Another scandal, but already connected with refereeing, broke out in 2004. The protagonists were Serena Williams and the Portuguese referee Mariana Alves. In the quarter-finals, the umpire overruled the linesmen's decisions several times in favor of Serena's rival Jennifer Capriati. With the light hand of Williams JrThis scandal was dubbed "Anti-Serena".
27. At the end of the match, which Williams eventually lost, the WTA representatives apologized to her and disqualified Alves for the rest of the tournament. But this was little consolation for the tennis player, who at a press conference proposed introducing a rule according to which the player would have the opportunity to check the decision of the referees several times in a match with some electronic device. So, soon tennis received the Hawkeye system.
28. Another incident is connected with the name of Serena. In the semi-finals of the 2009 tournament, the referee was already hurt by Williams. When Kim Clijsters lineswoman Shino Tsurubuchi caught a step at a match point in favor of Serena's rival, the American woman unleashed the full force of her anger on the referee, promising her to "shove the ball down her throat." As a result, Williams was denied the opportunity to finish the match and fined a tennis record $82,500. Plus, for swearing at the judge, Serena received a suspended disqualification for two years - until 2012.
29. In 1999, for the first time in history, the reigning champion lost in the first round. They became Patrick Rafter, who, due to an injury, could not finish the match against Cedric Piolin, although he led the games 2:0. Six years later, this anti-record was repeated by Svetlana Kuznetsova, who lost to Ekaterina Bychkova.
30. In 1994, Andre Agassi became the first unseeded Open Era champion. Three years later, tournament debutante Venus Williams became the first unseeded finalist, and in 2009, unranked Kim Clijsters became the first wild card champion. In addition, she was the third tennis player who managed to defeat both Williams sisters at the same major.
31. With the advent of the new century, sports and show business increasingly penetrated each other. In 2000, the organizers decided to install a huge monitor on the approach to the Louis Armstrong arena. Now the audience could watch what was happening in the arena of Arthur Ashe from the "Food Village" (Food Village). In the same year, the current US President Bill Clinton visited the tournament for the first time - he came to the American women's final, in which Venus Williams defeated Lindsay Davenport.
32. The Americans nicknamed the 2000 tournament "Russian Days in New York." For the first time, the Russians have achieved such impressive success here - five Russian tennis players have reached at least the semi-finals of all five adult categories.
33. The main success fell to Marat Safin, who in the final not only beat the great Pete Sampras, but inflicted the most crushing defeat on him in the Grand Slam finals. For the entire match, the American never took the opponent's serve - 6:4, 6:3, 6:3.
34. A curious episode happened to the future champion in the third round match against Sebastian Grosjean. Their five-set duel was interrupted several times due to rain, which was very inopportune for Safin, who forgot to bring enough sportswear. As a result, he had to finish the match in Jeff Tarango's socks and Nicholas Kiefer's jersey.
35. Russian tennis players at Flushing Meadows became champions seven times: Safin, Kuznetsova and Sharapova won singles, Kafelnikov, Dementieva and Safina won doubles, and Zvonareva won two titles: doubles and mixed doubles. Vera is the only Russian woman who has played in the finals of all categories - she added the singles final to her two championship titles last year.
36. Nine seeded tennis players remain in the men's bracket - the smallest number at the Grand Slam tournaments since 2013 (Wimbledon), and at the US Open since 2005.
37. Immediately 11 players aged 25 and under made it to the fourth round - the most at the Grand Slam tournaments since 2010 (Roland Garros), and at the US Open since 2006.
38. 7 participants will perform for the first time in the 1/8 finals at a major (Alcaraz, Brooksby, Gojovchik, Harris, Opelka, Otte, van de Zandschulp).
39. For the second year in a row, 4 players aged 21 and under will compete in the fourth round (Alcaraz, Sinner, Brooksby, Auger-Aliassime).
40. Immediately 3 representatives from the USA and Germany went to the 1/8 finals. The last time the Americans managed to do this at the majors was in 2011 in New York, and the Germans in 1999 at Wimbledon.
41. In the women's bracket, Iga Šwiętek is the only tennis player who has made it to the fourth round in all Slams this season. There are 4 such players in the men's bracket - Djokovic, Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini.
42. For the first time in the Open Era, 2 Canadians will play in the fourth round of the US Open: Bianca Andreescu and Leila Fernandez.
43. 18-year-old Emma Raducanou became only the second Briton to reach the fourth round in the Slams twice before her 19th birthday (Sue Baker did so in 1974-1975 at the Australian Open).
44. For the first time since 2009, two teenagers (Radukanu, Fernandez) will play in the women's bracket in the fourth round.
45. For the first time since 1998 (Safin, Kournikova, Hingis, V. Williams) at the US Open in the fourth round in both the men's and women's draws, players aged 18 and under (Carlos Alcaraz; Leyla Fernandez and Emma Radukanou) will perform. At the Grand Slam tournaments, the last time such a result was in 2005 in Australia (Nadal; Sharapova, Dushevina, Linetskaya).
46. Fastest serve: Oscar Otte (243 km/h) and Alisha Parks (208 km/h)
47. The main favorite of the men's tournament is certainly the first racket of the world, Serbian Novak Djokovic. He continues to chase Nadal: Novak has already won one Grand Slam tournament this season - on the courts of Melbourne. And if Djokovic can win in New York, then he will come close to Nadal in terms of the number of major wins.
48. The Spaniard now has 19 such titles, while Novak has 17. The leader in this indicator is Federer (20). It is important to note that at the Cincinnati Masters, which moved to New York this year, the Serbian guaranteed himself a top spot on the ATP rating list for at least the next four weeks. A successful performance at the US Open will help Djokovic further break away from his closest pursuers.
49. In the absence of Barty, Halep, Svitolina, Bencic and other strong tennis players, one of the main contenders for victory will be American Serena Williams, who received the 3rd seed.
50. In addition to six titles at the US Open, the American has three more victories at the Roland Garros and seven won trophies at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. With 23 majors won, Serena is second in history behind the famous Australian Margaret Court (24). The American has long wanted to catch up with her, but so far this dream is unattainable. After the birth of her daughter Olympia, Serena twice reached the final in New York, but lost at the decisive moment. This time, Williams was preparing so seriously for the US Open that she even built a turf court at home, like at the US Open.
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Movies about stories based on real events, and dashing comedies. Bemorepanda prepared the best compilation of movies for those who love football. Due to the pandemic we can’t be present at the games, that’s why we can enjoy some good movies about football.
Coach of the English national football team Danny Meehan left the sport after accusations of organizing match-fixing. And then he did attack the policeman and got three years in prison. As it turned out, the head of the correctional institution had long wanted to gather his own football team. Meehan begins to train the prisoners and prepares them for the match with the overseers. But the prison has its own rules.
Bend It Like Beckham
Jess from a traditional Indian family lives in London. Parents are already looking for her groom and plan a lawyer's career for the girl in advance. Jess herself dreams of playing soccer and is already racing in full swing in the yard along with the boys. And one day she meets Jules, who invites her friend to a real women's team.
The whole world is watching the next football championship. And even in a distant Buddhist monastery, three young novices make their way to the local bar to watch TV. They are, of course, caught. But young heroes decide at all costs to get permission to watch the final.
An awkward teenager Gregory plays on a school football team. After another failure, the coach is gaining new wards, and the girl Dorothy takes the place of Gregory on the field. At first the young man is unhappy, but soon falls in love with her.
Siu Lam juk kau
The Shaolin master of kung fu Shin wants to convey to people the benefits of his art. Once he meets a football player Fan, who had to leave the sport because of a betrayal of a friend. New friends understand that they can help each other. Then they assemble a team that includes both kung fu masters and football players.
Iran holds qualifying matches for the World Cup. In case of victory, the national team will go to competitions in Germany. Young fans really want to personally see such important events. In Iran, women are forbidden to go to stadiums, but this does not stop resourceful heroines.
Young reserve player Bobby Charlton makes his way to the main team of Manchester United. Under the leadership of coach Matt Busby and his assistant Jimmy Murphy, the young team wins many matches. But then a tragedy happens.
The Damned United
Former footballer Brian Clough as a coach unexpectedly led the weak Derby County team to the England title. After that, he is invited to lead the favorites of the Leeds United tournament. But the team is not too happy about the new coach.
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The Australian Open began its journey in 1905, but received recognition only in 1969, until that time the tournament was not professional and did not have such prestige. Since 1988, it has been played on hard, although grass was originally the main surface. For a long time the organizers could not decide on the time of the tournament.
There was a time when the AO was held during the New Year holidays, which is why the leading tennis players sometimes preferred to skip the tournament in order to tritely spend Christmas at home and not the strongest ones won at all in those years. By the method of many trials and errors, changes of surface and venue, we now have one of the highest quality and most comfortable for tennis players, the first TSH of the year.
1. In 1905, the first championship took place, which was called the "Championship of Australasia", in which athletes from Australia and New Zealand took part. The championship has been played in six cities in its history, leaving the Green Continent twice when the games were played in New Zealand.
2. In 1927, the tournament was renamed the "Australian Championship", and in 1969, when professionals were allowed to participate in the tournament, it changed its name to the "Australian Open Championship". In 1977, the championship was held twice - in January and December. This was caused by the transition of the tournament to December. After 10 years, the tournament was again postponed to the usual January, in connection with which the tournament was not held in 1986. Twice more the tournament was interrupted due to world wars. In 1988, the tournament moved to the new Melbourne Park Tennis Complex.
3. Tournament record holders are Australian tennis players. Roy Emerson won 6 times in singles, among women Margaret Smith Court became 11 times champion. She also owns the absolute record for the number of titles in all categories - 22 wins.
After changing from grass to hard, they started using rubber, but with the advent of high temperatures, the rubber melted, began to stick, stink, which led to big health problems for athletes and general well-being. After that, in the early 90s, Australia changed the manufacturer to the Plexicushion brand, which is still used today. The coating belongs to ITF Category 4 - Pace: Medium-Fast, in other words, the category is medium, but is classified as fast. This coating option is definitely faster than the previous one, but at the same time it allows tennis players of any style to play comfortably and, most importantly, does not turn into a sticky, hot "frying pan". Now the organizers have gone even further, in 2017 the tournament should be held on innovative courts! The Australian Open team presented the updated Rod Laver arena with a wooden surface!
4. The longest matches in the championship are: for men - (314 min.) Rafael Nadal - Fernando Verdasco 6:7, 6:4, 7:6, 6:7, 6:4 (2009), and for women - (259 min.) Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova - Regina Kulikova 7:6, 6:7, 6:3 (2010)
5. 19 years separate Australian Ken Rosewall's first and last singles title. In 1953 Ken won his first title, in 1972 his fourth. The Australian is both the youngest and oldest men's champion.
6. In December 1977, 6 months after the birth of her daughter, Yvonne Goolagong became the champion in singles for the fourth time. Thus, the Australian tennis player became the first mother who managed to win the BS tournament in the Open Era.
7. The last Australian tennis player to win at home was Chris O'Neill. By the time of her victory, she was ranked 111th in the world rankings, thus becoming the winner of the lowest rank in the history of the Open Era SH tournaments.
8. In 1984, AO began to gain international interest, and for the first time, the television company ESPN broadcast matches in the United States.
The end of January for us is the time of the year for a few warm sweaters and knitted socks, while in Australia during this period of time there is a record heat. The Australian summer is actually very sultry, life is further complicated by the hot wind from the desert, sometimes even the spectators feel bad, what can we say about tennis players. In 2014, a record was set, the heat kept at 41 degrees for several days. In that year, the record for the number of refusals in one round was set, 8 men and 1 woman. So Dantsevich in a match with Per just fainted. In this regard, a high temperature policy has been introduced, so the match can be stopped if the heat threatens the health of the athletes.
9. Winning in 1985 in succession at three tournaments - Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Martina Navratilova became the only tennis player in history who managed to make a hat-trick on the Green Continent.
10. Winning in 1997, Martina Hingis became the youngest GS champion of the 20th century.
11. To qualify for the second round of the AO-97 men's doubles event, Australians Wayne Arthurs and John Island had to play the longest set in Australian Open history. Their match against Italians Christian Brandi and Filippo Messori ended with the score 6:3, 3:6, 29:27. The entire match lasted 4 hours and 36 minutes of "clean" time - this is without taking into account the more than two-hour break due to rain, which the judge on the tower was forced to announce with the score of 25:25.
12. On January 21, 1997, due to the incessant heat that heated the courts to 60 degrees, chief arbiter Peter Bellenger agreed for the first time in the history of Grand Slam tournaments due to the heat to cover Center Court with a retractable roof.
13. The first official match between the Williams sisters took place on the Melbourne courts. In two sets, the elder sister Venus won.
The shortest match in time was not recorded, but this is definitely one of the matches won in a clean sheet with a score of 6-0; 6-0; 6-0. There were 6 of them, although all of them were played at a non-professional level. As for the longest match, it's more transparent here. 2012, Novak Djokovic - Rafa Nadal, tennis players spent 5 hours 53 minutes on the court, by the way, this match is also the longest final of the Australian Open tournament in history.
14. 21-year-old Nicolas Escude in 1998 set a record for professional Open Era tournaments: no one has ever managed to win three five-set matches in one competition, losing the first two games in each of them. The French defeated Magnus Larsson, Richie Reneberg and Nicholas Kiefer.
15. The 2001 AO was the first Grand Slam to feature a "royal" tie-break instead of a full-fledged third set in mixed doubles.
16. In 2002, Melbourne set a record among all the BS for the number of wins won by players who lost the first two sets. 13 tennis players managed to do this 14 times - Dominic Hrbaty, Fernando Vicente, Julien Buttier, Stefan Kubek (twice), Byron Black, Jose Acasuso, Ivan Lubicic, Carlos Moya, Jiri Novak, Nicolas Escude, Rainer Schuttler, Nicolas Lapentti and Wayne Ferreire. Before that, no BS tournament had more than 10 such victories.
17. Martina Navratilova, along with Leander Paes of India, set the all-time record in 2003 by winning a Grand Slam tournament at the age of 46 years and 3 months. Australian Norman Brooks, when he won the Australian Open in men's doubles in 1924, was a month younger than Martina. In Navratilova's career, this is already the 57th Grand Slam title, in the future Martina will double her achievement.
18. Right at the beginning of the 2005 AO, a doping scandal erupted in the tennis world, provoked by the Minister of Sports of Belgium, who at first stated that a prohibited drug was found in one of the samples of the participants in the demonstration tournament (Henin, Deshi, Dementieva and Kuznetsova), and already on The next day, the minister named Kuznetsova's name. As a result, the Belgian was not able to back up his words with anything, which caused even more bewilderment from such behavior of a member of the government of a European country.
19. In 2005, Marat Safin and Serena Williams, having played match points (1 and 3 respectively) in the semifinal matches against Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, eventually became champions.
20. Russian tennis players became Australian champions nine times - Kafelnikov, Safin and Sharapova won in singles, Kournikova (twice) and Kuznetsova - in pairs, and Olkhovsky, Bovina and Likhovtseva in mixed doubles.
21. Aslan Karatsev performed superbly at AO, becoming the first and, so far, only Open Era tennis player to reach the semi-finals at his debut Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, Aslan beat the Italian Gianluca Mager 6:3, 6:3, 6:4, in the second round he defeated the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6:0, 6:1, 6:0. In the third round, he sensationally defeated the ninth racket of the world, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6:3, 6:3, 6:3. Karatsev actively won 50 goals in this match, and Shvartsman only 5. Karatsev also won 10 out of 11 breakpoints.
22. In the 1/8 finals, Aslan defeated the 19th racket of the world, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets 3:6, 1:6, 6:3, 6:3, 6:4 . In the quarterfinals, he defeated the 21st racket of the world and 18th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2:6, 6:4, 6:1, 6:2. In the semi-finals, Karatsev lost to the world number one and 8-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic with a score of 3:6, 4:6, 2:6. According to the results of the tournament, Karatsev entered the top 50 of the world ranking and earned more prize money for this tournament than in his entire previous career.
23. In general, the tournament was not very successful for Nadal, until the quarterfinals Rafa swept over his rivals, but stumbled in the quarterfinals, the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was still able to put the squeeze on the Spaniard in a difficult game: the match lasted a whole 5 sets. The first two took Nadal - 6:2, 6:2, but the next 3 were left for Tsitsipas - 7:6, 6:4, 7:5.
24. In the second round match against the American Michael Mmo, Rafa had an interesting situation. In the middle of the game, during Nadal's serve, the woman sitting in the stands began to make loud noises and interfere with the Spaniard in every possible way. When the referee asked her to calm down, she gave the player the middle finger. This greatly surprised Nadal, who asked: "Is this for me?". Nevertheless, the tennis player reacted to the situation with a smile.
25. Aslan Karatsev performed superbly at AO, becoming the first and, so far, only Open Era tennis player to reach the semi-finals at his debut Grand Slam tournament. In the first round, Aslan beat the Italian Gianluca Mager 6:3, 6:3, 6:4, in the second round he defeated the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6:0, 6:1, 6:0. In the third round, he sensationally defeated the ninth racket of the world, Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6:3, 6:3, 6:3. Karatsev actively won 50 goals in this match, and Shvartsman only 5. Karatsev also won 10 out of 11 breakpoints.
26. In the 1/8 finals, Aslan defeated the 19th racket of the world, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in five sets 3:6, 1:6, 6:3, 6:3, 6:4 .. In the quarterfinals, he defeated the 21st racket of the world and 18th seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 2:6, 6:4, 6:1, 6:2. In the semi-finals, Karatsev lost to the world number one and 8-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic with a score of 3:6, 4:6, 2:6. According to the results of the tournament, Karatsev entered the top 50 of the world ranking and earned more prize money for this tournament than in his entire previous career.
27. In general, the tournament was not very successful for Nadal, until the quarterfinals Rafa swept over his rivals, but stumbled in the quarterfinals, the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was still able to put the squeeze on the Spaniard in a difficult game: the match lasted a whole 5 sets. The first two took Nadal - 6:2, 6:2, but the next 3 were left for Tsitsipas - 7:6, 6:4, 7:5.
28. In the second round match against the American Michael Mmo, Rafa had an interesting situation. In the middle of the game, during Nadal's serve, the woman sitting in the stands began to make loud noises and interfere with the Spaniard in every possible way. When the referee asked her to calm down, she gave the player the middle finger. This greatly surprised Nadal, who asked: "Is this for me?". Nevertheless, the tennis player reacted to the situation with a smile.
29. The main Russian star at the Australian Open, of course, was Daniil Medvedev. He went strong throughout the tour, beating even a very charged Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals, and was really close to getting Russia's first win in 16 years at the Australian Open in men's singles.
30. Djokovic calmly started the final meeting, taking the first set, after which Danya slowed down in the game at the beginning of the second set, and in the end he completely broke his racket out of anger. At that moment, it became clear that the Russian had finally lost the match - at least mentally. Result: Novak's victory, 7:5, 6:2, 6:2. But still! In his youth (25 years old), Medvedev is already quite deservedly considered a tennis star and he has every chance to take his first “Slam” in the next year or two, which of course we wish him.
31. The main female sensation of the Australian Open was the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who at the age of 23 has already won the fourth Grand Slam tournament in her career. In 2019, she won the Australian Open, and in 2018 and 2020, Naomi won the US Open.
32. In the semi-finals, Osaka beat the infamous 27-time Grand Slam winner, American Serena Williams, with a score of 6:3, 6:4. And in the final, she dealt with another American Jennifer Brady - 6:4, 6:3. Thus, the Japanese woman rises in the rankings and becomes the second racket of the world and this, we recall, at the age of 23!
33. Of all the Baltic athletes at the AO, two Estonians, Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit, performed the best. Yes, they only got to the third round, but they showed themselves very worthy and showed great will to win. Kanepi beat Latvian tennis player Anastasia Sevastova in the first round - 6:3, 6:1, in the second round she sensationally outperformed last year's Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin - 6:3, 6:2, in the third round she lost to Croatian Donna Vekic in a close fight - 7: 5, 6:7, 4:6.
34. Kontaveit defeated Belarusian Alexandra Sosnovich in the first round - 7:5, 6:2, in the second round Heather Watson from Britain - 6:7, 6:4, 6:2, in the third she lost to American Shelby Rogers - 4:6, 3:6.
35. For the ninth time in a row, no one can beat Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. The Russian Daniil Medvedev did not succeed either. The entire tournament was dictated by Novak, none of the opponents could compete with him sensibly. Here are some facts from the final meeting.
36. Medvedev made 4 double faults against Djokovic's 2.
The percentage of accuracy of the first serve is better for the Serbian - 69% versus 65%.
Djokovic won 73% of the points on the first serve, the Russian tennis player has 68%.
37. Novak saved 2 break points out of 4. Medvedev saved 4, but the Serb had 11 chances.
Daniil made almost twice as many unforced errors - 30. Djokovic has 17 of them.
Thus, the Serbian tennis player won the 18th Grand Slam tournament in his career. According to this indicator, he is second only to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who won 20 tournaments each.
38. Over the past three years, 12 women's Grand Slams have been won by 10 different players; only Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka have won twice in that time span.
39. Djokovic won his seventh Australian Open in 2019 - the most titled male in the history of the tournament. He won the Australian Open every time he reached the semi-finals.
40. Of the last 14 Australian Open tournaments, 12 have been won by Djokovic (7) or Roger Federer (5). And Rafael Nadal (2009) and Stan Wawrinka (2014) only once each.
41. Victoria Azarenka (2012, 2013), Serena Williams (2009, 2010) and Jennifer Capriati (2001, 2002) are the only women to have won two consecutive Australian Open titles since 2000.
42. Federer won his sixth Australian Open in 2018, 14 years after his first win at the tournament. No tennis player has won multiple Australian Opens in such a long period of time.
43. Since 2005, only Serena Williams (2010, 2015) and Azarenka (2013) have won the title of the best tennis player at the Australian Open.
44. Serena Williams has not won any of the last 11 Grand Slams. The last win at the Australian Open came in 2017 when she was pregnant - the longest period of time without a major title for an American.
45. Petra Kvitova lost in the final of the Australian Open last year, the only time she has gone past the quarter-finals in her last 19 Grand Slam appearances since winning Wimbledon in 2014.
46. Nadal and Andy Murray have finished runners-up in 9 of the last 10 Australian Open men's finals. Murray lost five times and Nadal four times. Marin Cilic in 2018 is the only other tennis player to lose in an Australian Open final during that period.
47. The last Australian to reach the Australian Open men's final was Lleyton Hewitt in 2005 and the last Australian to win the title was Mark Edmondson in 1976 (against fellow countryman John Newcomb).
48. Another interesting record belongs to Mark Edmondson, the Australian in 1976, being 212 in the ranking, thus, being a non-seeded player, became the champion of the AO, setting an absolute record of all 4 TBSH and at the same time is the last Australian who managed to win at home major. Rosewall and Edmondson are the main heroes of their country, but we hope that at least one record will be updated soon.
49. In 2002, in the semi-final doubles match, Julien Boutier fought so selflessly on the court that in one of the episodes, with a powerful blow from the forehand, he killed a flying swallow, judging by the reaction of the audience, this only amused them.
50. Beetles on the courts are already a common thing, but what about the Heron?) The fauna of Australia is more interesting, so in one of the matches between Troicki - Muñoz de la Nava in 2016, the match had to be suspended a bit due to the appearance of a bird on the court.