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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".

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Yes. especially because they keep changing the court surface and barred laptops from entry.

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Re: Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Slams?

Australia is a small country?

Anyway, all four slams are equal. Unless of course your fave has won more than one of it and then it's the most prestigious!
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BY FAR the least prizemoney of the 4 majors.

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Re: Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Slams?

Yes. The tournament has historically been less important, and was for a long time not even considered a "major" tournament. Even when it became a "slam" tournament it was a pathetic tournament. It was at the end of the year and a lot of the top players skipped it. At present, the tournament has become much more important, but it doesn't have the history that the other tournaments have. Placing it at the beginning of the year was a great idea that helped a lot. Also, changing it from a grass court was another good idea. From what I've read, grass courts in Australia are bug and fly infested.

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Australia is a small country?

comparing to USA, Britain and France, Australia is by far the smallest country by population.
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Re: Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Slams?

No

My least favorite is Wimbledon but i love the Us Open!





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My least favorite is Wimbledon but i love the Us Open!
My favourite is Wimbledon and my least fave is the US Open.
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they should give it a unique surface like green clay and indoor carpet or rebound ace AND STICK WITH IT AND STOP CHANGING IT ALL THE TIME IF YOU GET INJURED ITS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT PREPARED AT THE TOP OF THE SEASON

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Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Grand Slams?
Yes - the 3 summer Slams are more prestigious than AO
No - a Slam is a Slam
Technically, the AO is a Summer Slam, and Roland Garros is a late Spring Slam. :P

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Re: Is the Australian Open less prestigious than the other 3 Slams?

It's a Slam, and it's extremely important, but I think most players would rather win one of the other 3 before winning the AO, and if I was a player I'd feel the same way, so yes it's less prestigious, but at the same time no-one would say no to an Aussie Open title

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I wouldnt mind winning any of those 4 slams so cmon bitches!!





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wimbledon, then the US open and then the french. that's what most of the players say in interviews - unless they're american
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well, the answer is yes.

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