In the United States, the Open United Tennis Championship is a tough tennis tournament. The tournament is the modern version of one of the world's oldest tennis championships, the US National Championship, which first played men's singles and men's doubles in 1881.
Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year. The other three, chronologically, are the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon. The US Open begins on the last Monday in August and runs for two weeks, with the average weekend coinciding with the US Labor Day holiday.
The tournament consists of five main championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles. The tournament also includes competitions for seniors, juniors and wheelchair users. Since 1978, the tournament has been played on acrylic hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York. The US Open is organized and owned by the non-profit United States Tennis Association (USTA), and the US Open is chaired by Patrick Galbraith. Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and television contracts are used to develop tennis in the United States.
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1.Let her win
2.What, like it’s hard?
3.What tennis fans see
The US Open uses standard 7-point tiebreaks in every set of a singles match. For the other three Grand Slam tournaments, there are specific scoring methods for a match that scores 6–6 in the last possible set (third for women and fifth for men): in the French Open, the deciding set continues as long as the player leads the two matches , in Australia an extended tie-break is played to 10 points, while at Wimbledon a standard tie-break is only played if the score of the game reaches 12–12. As with the US Open, these tournaments use tiebreaks to decide other sets.
The tournament was first played in August 1881 on the grass courts at the Newport Casino in Newport, Rhode Island. That year, only clubs that were members of the United States National Tennis Association (USNLTA) were allowed. Richard Sears won the men's singles event at this tournament, which was the first of his seven consecutive singles titles.
1890 U.S. Tennis Championship semi-finals in Newport. Match between Oliver Campbell and Bob Huntington
From 1884 to 1911, the tournament used a challenge system whereby the defending champion automatically qualified for the next year's final, where he played as the winner of the all-comers' tournament.
In the early years of the U.S. National Championship, only men competed, and the tournament was known as the U.S. National Men's Singles Championship. In September 1887, six years after the men's nationals were first held, the Philadelphia Cricket Club hosted the first U.S. Women's National Singles Championship. The winner was 17-year-old Philadelphian Ellen Hansell. The same year, the men's doubles event was held at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, New Jersey.
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Women's tournaments used the competitive system from 1888 to 1918, with the exception of 1917. From 1890 to 1906, sectional tournaments were held in the east and west of the country to determine the top two doubles teams, which competed in the playoffs for the right to compete with the defending champions in the qualifying round.
The 1888 and 1889 men's doubles competition was played at the Staten Island Cricket Club in Livingston, Staten Island, New York. In the 1893 championship, men's doubles was played at St. George's Cricket Club in Chicago.
In 1892, the U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship was introduced, and in 1899, the U.S. National Women's Doubles Championship.
In 1915, the national championship was moved to the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. Efforts to move it to New York began as early as 1911 when a group of tennis players led by New Yorker Carl Behr began working on it.
In early 1915, a group of about 100 tennis players signed a petition to postpone the tournament. They argued that the majority of tennis clubs, players, and fans were located in the New York area, and therefore it would be beneficial for the development of the sport to host a national championship there. This opinion was opposed by another group of players, which included eight former national singles champions. This controversial issue was put to a vote at the USNLTA's annual meeting on February 5, 1915, with 128 votes in favor and 119 against. In August 1915 at the West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York City's first women's tournament was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia (the women's singles tournament was not rescheduled until 1921). From 1917 to 1933, the men's doubles competition was held at Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. In 1934 Longwood Cricket Club hosted doubles events for both men and women.
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10.No play with me
From 1921 to 1923 the men's singles tournament was played at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He returned to the West Side Tennis Club in 1924 after the completion of the 14,000 seat Forest Hills Stadium. Although it was already considered by many to be a major championship, the International Lawn Tennis Federation officially named it one of the world's biggest tournaments, having started in 1924.
The open era began in 1968 when professional tennis players were allowed to compete for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament held at the West Side Tennis Club. The previous US National Championship was limited to amateur players. With the exception of the mixed doubles, all events at the 1968 national tournament were open to professionals. That year, 96 men and 63 women entered the competition, with a total prize pool of US$100,000. In 1970, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to use a tiebreak to determine a 6–6 set in games.
From 1970 to 1974, the US Open used a sudden death nine-point tiebreaker before moving into the International Tennis Federation (ITF) best-of-twelve points system. In 1973, the US Open became the first Grand Slam tournament in which men and women received equal prize money, with that year's singles champions, John Newcomb and Margaret Court, receiving US$25,000 each. In 1975, following complaints about the surface and its effect on ball bounce, the tournament was played on clay courts rather than grass, this was also an experiment to make it more "television friendly". The addition of floodlights allowed matches to be played at night.
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2022 Australian Open funny memes and tweets to mark the beging of the famous tennis tournament
The Australian Open Tennis Championships is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments currently held in the Australian city of Melbourne on the courts of the local sports complex Melbourne Park. The main draws of the competition are traditionally held in a two-week period at the end of January - the beginning of February, revealing the winners in nine categories: in five for adults and four for senior juniors.
The tournament was first held in Melbourne in 1905 and was called The Australasian Championships. 17 athletes took part in it, and 5 thousand spectators attended the final match. In 1927, the tournament was renamed the Australian Championships. In 1969, it became open to professionals and received its current name.
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Beginning in 1905, the championship was held in six different locations:
Melbourne (54 times)
Sydney (17 times)
Adelaide (14 times)
Brisbane (7 times)
Perth (3 times)
New Zealand (2 times, in 1906 and 1912).
In 1972, the decision was made to hold the tournament in the same city every year. The venue was the grass courts of the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, a suburb of Melbourne. Over time, the Quyong Club became too small for a much larger tournament. By the beginning of the championship in 1988, the construction of a new tennis complex Melbourne Park (Melbourne Park, former Flinders Park, Flinders Park) was completed, where the tournament was moved that year. The move was a significant success - match attendance immediately increased and the 1988 tournament saw 90% more spectators (266,436) than the previous year's Quy Ong (140,000).
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In addition to problems with Cuyong Stadium (where, among other things, there was a slope that caused players on one side of the main court to literally walk uphill when they reached the net), the popularity of the Australian Open in the late 1970s and early 1980s professionalization of tennis negatively influenced. Leading players at that time were already earning such large sums that they could even afford to miss the Grand Slam tournament due to the fact that a trip to it meant missing the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Chris Evert missed this tournament six times in a row at the peak of her career, Martina Navratilova four times; Bjorn Borg never competed in the Australian Open after 1974, and Jimmy Connors after 1975. As a result, the winners of the Australian Open were players who could not claim victory at any other Grand Slam tournament: in the women's singles in 1978, Chris O'Neill won, and in 1979 Barbara Jordan, in the men's singles in 1980 Bryan Teacher excelled. With plans to organize a two-week super tournament in Florida, there was a threat that it could force the Melbourne competition out of the Grand Slam tournament list.
Therefore, in order to make it easier to attract elite players to the Australian Open, after the tournament in January 1977, the decision was made to reschedule the event to late November and early December. Therefore, in 1977 the championship was held for the second time - in December. This month it continued to be arranged in subsequent years. Starting in 1987, the tournament was again postponed to January, so the championship was not held in 1986.
The Melbourne Park Tennis Complex consists of, among others, 3 center courts and 3 demonstration courts.
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The main court of the tournament, the Rod Laver Arena, was named after the legendary Australian tennis player Rod Laver in 2000. The court was built in 1988 and can accommodate 15,000 spectators. More than 1.5 million viewers visit it annually. The court is equipped with a retractable roof, which allows you to play matches in the rain or extreme heat.
The second court of the tournament, Hisense Arena, was built in 2000. The arena is special in that it can be easily transformed for various events. In addition to tennis tournaments, cycling and basketball competitions, as well as various concerts, are held here. The capacity of the stands also varies depending on the configuration - 10,500 spectators for tennis and basketball matches, 10,500 or 8,900 for concerts (depending on the location of the stage), 4,500 spectators in velodrome mode. The arena is also equipped with a retractable roof.
The third center court, the Margaret Court Arena, is named after the most successful Australian tennis player in history, Margaret Court, who, among other victories, won the Grand Slam in 1970, won a total of 62 Grand Slam tournaments ( in singles and doubles championships), which is still a record for both men and women; and was the first racket of the world. The court was formerly known as Show Court One and was renamed on January 12, 2003.
All courts have Plexicushion hardcovers. In the early years after the transition from grass turf to artificial courts, Rebound Ace rubberized surface was used. In cool weather, it bounced right, was neither too fast nor too slow and provided good foot grip, but in hot weather the rubber would melt and the courts would become sticky, resulting in severe injuries to Gabriela Sabatini in the 1990 tournament alone. and Mark Woodford.
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22.Last minute entry
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24.He lied on visa
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34.And then you win
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Visa, Tennis and Covid restrictions: 50 funny Novak Djokovic memes and jokes to highlight the current limbo with the emigration office during Australia Open 2022
Novak Djokovic is awaiting a decision on his expulsion from Australia until Monday. The stake in the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, is being questioned after the Australian government blocked its entry into the country.
Djokovic announced on Tuesday that he was leaving for Australia after receiving a waiver from the mandatory Covid vaccination imposed at the Australian Open. The derogations are granted by a group of independent experts, but the Australian government has intervened and blocked its entry into the country.
The case sparked an international debate for and against, with millions of comments on social media platforms, refueling anti-vaccine conspiracies and the dissatisfaction of those accused of stigmatizing non-vaccinated people. It even fueled Serbian nationalism - from the athlete's father to the Serbian president, Australia's decision was associated with an "attack" on the whole country.
Australia is talking about compliance and a court will decide whether or not the world number one ATP has tried to circumvent them.
In Belgrade, supporters of the Serbian-born athlete protested in front of parliament. President Aleksandar Vučić said that "all of Serbia is with him and the authorities will take all necessary measures to stop the ill-treatment of the best player in the world immediately."
All sports competitions have been affected by the last two years of the pandemic, and vaccination already seems the most natural gesture an athlete can make, especially if the type of sport they practice requires international travel, says WTA tournament director for Free Europe Transylvania Open, Patrick Ciorcilă.
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About 85% of the list of the top 100 players in the world are vaccinated, the organizers had to cancel at the last moment the participation of the public because the authorities forbade its presence. .
Not even the access of the vaccinated public was allowed, and the athletes accepted all the restrictions with "solidarity" towards the organizers, says Patrick Ciorcilă. The tournament was won by Anett Kontaveit, world number 7, who defeated Simona Halep in the final.
For athletes, vaccination has not been mandatory at the tournament in Cluj-Napoca since the end of October and is still not a condition to participate in WTA tournaments. However, access to a country depends on the national authorities: "Holders of certain types of visa may enter Australia, provided that the conditions for the full vaccination scheme are met".
It remains to be seen whether the medical records that would exempt Djokovic from the mandatory vaccination are sufficient for the Australian government, as they were for the tour organizers.
Novak Djokovic is a staunch anti-vaccinist. He considers that he should have been admitted to the Australian Open only on the basis of proof that he had passed through the disease. Caricature by Jup, the caricaturist of Free Europe.
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10.Let Novak in
And after the eventual entry into the country where the event takes place, there are consequences for the unvaccinated: “And in our tournament there was a differentiation between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated athletes performed PCR tests every 48 hours, while vaccinated athletes were tested on arrival without having to isolate themselves until the result was known. It is not about discrimination, but about the safety of all those who participate ", says Patrick Ciorcilă.
As the organizer of the tennis tournament, Patrick Ciorcilă says that Novak Djokovic's attitude put everyone in trouble. The reaction of the public is natural if it seems that someone has a privileged status, he adds.
"I would not like to be in the position of tournament director, an ungrateful and difficult one now, nor in the position of Djokovic. As Nadal said - the rules have long been known. In order to be fair to everyone and for everyone to be safe, everyone must follow the same measures. It is his right not to be vaccinated, but if so, maybe it would be better not to participate ".
Djokovic's situation is set to be decided on Monday. By Saturday, his lawyers will file new documents in the court examining the case.
All over the world, given the nature of sporting events, the issue of vaccinating participants and spectators at sports competitions has been raised.
In more and more states, access to a sporting event can only be made by those vaccinated, but in many other countries, decisions are made with difficulty (as in the case of the Green Certificate blocked in the Bucharest Parliament for months) and their observance is a challenge (as in the case of refusing to wear a mask in the same Parliament).
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It is not ruled out, say many critics, that the Australian government would have turned a blind eye to Djokovic's waiver from the Australian Open if the public had not reacted to what he perceived as an injustice in a country that has gone through many severe quarantine and where 85% of the population is vaccinated. However, the number of cases has increased recently, according to Reuters.
Public access for unvaccinated persons is not permitted at the Australian Open. Djokovic's derogation could be justified, there is no court decision yet, but his earlier anti-vaccine statements have harmed him in this context.
"Mr Djokivic's visa has been revoked. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above the rules. The strict policy of restricting access to the country has been vital to having one of the lowest death rates in the world caused by Covid, "said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Twitter.
"[Djokovic] knew the conditions for participation for a long time. It's his decision, "said Rafael Nadal, who is in Melbourne.
He added that he was sorry for the situation, but said that he understood the negative reaction of some Australians to the exemption granted to Djokovic in the conditions in which they went through difficult periods of strict quarantine.
"I believe what those who are good at medicine say, and if they say we should get vaccinated, then that's what we should do," Nadal added.
Novak Djokovic has not made a firm statement about his vaccination against Covid, but in the past he has spoken out against vaccination.
The organizers of the sports competitions tried during the pandemic, in addition to taking strict measures to protect athletes and spectators (most often imposed), to find solutions so that the events are not canceled or take place with at least a third of the spectators. .
Last year's Olympics in Japan were held amid tensions caused by the risk of the pandemic spreading, with part of the population demanding the cancellation of events, while the executive explained that he did not have the authority to intervene in agreements between the International Olympic Committee and the organizing cities.
The Olympics took place without spectators, but there were also cases of infections among athletes or technical and organizational teams.
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2022 French Open: Roland Garros schedule, ticket price, location and other facts you need to know
The French Open tennis championship is held every year in Paris, organized by the country's tennis association. Roland Garros (this is the more well-known name of the event) is one of the Grand Slam tournaments, it is on the list of the most prestigious and grandiose international competitions.
Matches can be watched both from the stands of the courts and live on a huge screen installed in Paris on the square in front of the City Hall. The screening is free, and there are not many seats in front of the screen, so the audience lands anywhere: on benches, fences, platforms and on the ground. Dates: 05/30/2021 - 06/13/2021
In total, five titles will be played on the courts of the Roland Garros tennis center:
- men's singles;
- women's singles;
- men's doubles;
- women's doubles;
- mixed doubles.
Singles are the most popular among fans. In the men's part of the tournament, the most titled participant in the tournament is Rafael Nadal, who already has 11 titles in the French Grand Slam. In women's tennis, everything is less predictable: over the past five years, not a single tennis player has managed to become the champion of the French Open twice. Who will win Roland Garros 2022? Should we expect sensations? Will any of the favorites disappoint? Let's try to figure it out!
2022 French Open schedule
Roland Garros 2022 qualification matches will begin on May 10 and will be held in three rounds. The main tournament starts on May 16 and will last for two weeks. The women's final will take place on June 4, while the men will face each other in the main match on June 5. On the way to the title, the future champion will have to overcome seven rounds.
2022 French Open favorites for men
The most titled tennis player in Roland Garros is Rafael Nadal, who has already won 13 titles in France. In Nadal's 16-year history at the French Open, he has suffered only three defeats: in 2009, a surprise victory was won by Swede Robin Soderling, and in 2015 and 2021, Nadal was knocked out by Novak Djokovic. Since 2005, there has only been another champion four times: in 2009, in the final, Roger Federer beat the same Robin Soderling, in 2015, Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Novak Djokovic, and a year later, Djokovic himself turned out to be stronger than Andy Murray. And in 2021, Djokovic was able to put the squeeze on Stefanos Tsitsipas, losing the first two sets.
Of course, the main favorite after Rafael Nadal is the only person among the current athletes who managed to beat the Spaniard twice on the courts of Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic was able to overcome the most difficult segment of his career, during which he was worried about an elbow injury. Starting in 2018, the Serb did not just begin to resemble his former self and even established himself as the best tennis player in the world, taking eight Grand Slams in less than four years.
Other contenders for high places include primarily Stefanos Tsitsipas, who last season made very serious progress in the game on clay and even reached the final of last year's Slam in Paris. A month before Roland Garros, the Greek almost stopped Nadal in Barcelona, losing in a dramatic game in three games.
In addition to the Greek, it is worth noting Dominic Thiem, the winner of the US Open-2020 and the finalist of Roland Garros-2019, who fell under the hand of Rafa. Although last year the Austrian performed more successfully on hard. In the last two draws of this tournament, Diego Schwartzman announced himself, having lost twice to Nadal in the later stages. The last time the Argentine was able to take the game from the titled Spaniard.
Alexander Zverev is increasingly reaching the later stages of big tournaments, including Roland Garros. So last year he almost reached the final, losing to his direct competitor Stefanos Tsitsipas in five games. It seems that NextGen is on the heels of the Djokovic-Nadal-Federer trio.
Tennis, unlike all team sports, is very subject to unpredictability. The result of the meeting does not depend on the whole team of players, where the result is the sum of the actions of all the elements of the team, but on one athlete, who at any moment can get injured or an ordinary illness, which will lead to his defeat.
French Open 2022 Women's Favorites
The women's part of the Roland Garros tournament is famous for its unpredictability. So last year, the unseeded Czech tennis player Barbora Kreychikova became the winner of the French Open, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final - 6:1, 2:6, 6:4.
As for the world elite, even the legendary Serena Williams won only three titles in France, while she has seven trophies in Australia and the UK, and six in the USA. The main favorites for the 2022 French Open are the winners of 2018 and 2019, Romanian tennis player Simona Halep and Australian Ashleigh Barty, who won Wimbledon last season.
Serena Williams cannot be discounted, who in the very first season after returning to big-time sports was able to reach the final of the US Open. There is every reason to believe that in the upcoming season she will be able to return to her former unstoppable level and compete with her young rivals.
Novak Djokovic to miss French Open 2022? ATP sets a marker and informs players about mandatory vaccinations for Roland Garros
Novak Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open in Melbourne as he was sent home. The Serb's visa was canceled twice and his second appeal was rejected. The 34-year-old athlete is not vaccinated, so he even risks competing at the 2022 French Open.
Now the ATP, the leading organization in men's tennis, has set a marker and informed players that they need to be vaccinated to participate in Roland Garros, which will take place in May-June. An email sent to ATP players reported that the subject of the email read: "IMPORTANT: Vaccination requirements in France."
The statement adds that in order to compete in the 2022 French Open, players must be vaccinated and only a medical exception due to an adverse reaction to the vaccine can be considered. However, the final requirements will soon be available to all players.
French Open 2022 requires vaccination against COVID-19
It was thought that the French Open could be the only Grand Slam where Novak Djokovic could compete without being vaccinated. However, according to the latest letter from the ATP, the Serb must get the jab if he is going to compete in Paris.
“The French Tennis Federation has informed us that the French government will soon pass a law banning unvaccinated athletes from participating in any sporting events. The law is awaiting final adoption, but is likely to come into force in the coming days." read the letter.
The letter also added that the rules are expected to be in place indefinitely and further clarification is pending. French tennis hopes to avoid the confusion created by Tennis Australia, the Australian government and the Victorian government's bad communication that led to the Novak Djokovic visa fiasco.
50 interesting and fun facts about the 2022 Australian Open Tennis Championship
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.
Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts about Australian Open.
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.