Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Slams?
You always hear people argueing about which Slam is the most important, but there are usually about equal arguments for Wimbledon, Roland Garros and USOpen. I think its fair to say that whichever one you might prefer, these 3 events are pretty close to equal in importance.
However, the Australian Open for my opinion is clearly the fourth Slam. Nothing against Australia because they put on a super event for a small country, but I think they are the odd one out, they offer less prize money and the tournament is held in a strange part of the year. The AO has come a long way from 20 years ago when it was clearly second class event and a Slam in name only, but I don't think they have quite yet reaching the same status of the "Big Three".
All opinions welcome on this.