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is the australian open becoming a circus?

i returned from melbourne and the ao on friday,despite having a fantastic time and supporting my faves in the first week,ive been to melb park the last 4 years but this year noticed while watching matches on show court 3 which backs onto the garden square area how noisy and loud the music was,it is a tennis tournament afterall and not a music concert,sure the ao had record breaking crowds this year which is great not only for the ao but tennis in general,i find now so many use this event as a booze up,which is cool,i felt the ao is becoming a circus, any thoughts?

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Could you smell the hot dog fumes? I remember Alicia Molik was very upset about those fumes at the 2006 U.S Open.

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Well we all know it is not about tennis anymore it is about entertainment ...

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I wish I could be at that circus.
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Excellent question,

Let me tell you, I have been going to the Aus Open since the mid 90's, and it has changed A LOT. The tennis did not attract as many teenagers as it does today. Aus open is easily the most affordable Grandslam to go to... Nowadays, the tennis is the place to go for all the teenagers, even though the last thing they care about is actual tennis.
This has significantly changes the atmosphere, and thus, the way in which the Aus Open is marketed. It has become a virtual 'school holiday care' in the middle of the city for teenagers.
Of course, the young have every right to go to the tennis, but you cannot expect them to be as 'calm' as others. They are loud, the girls are giggly, they don't give a shit about the tennis... I have heard chair umpire say "Girls, please" between a point, because they were laughing so loud. Security companies can also make good money out of the open, every year, Serbs and Croats, and whatever other nationality these young AUSTRALIANS consider themselves to be, now go to the tennis draped in the flag of their ancestors ready to chant for players... I state once again, they have often never heard of.
Anyway, it has also become more commercial, more loud.... more vibrant also... I don't hate the change... I admit that the kids are annoying.
One thing that disgusted me was putting music between the games in Vodafone Arena during one of the matches... we are not in America! why do we have to copy everything Americans do? Let's try and keep some of this event original, and Australian. We have all the loud and goofy announcements, music and noise like at the US open, this is not America. I hope we don't completely go down that path.

Well, anyway, to conclude, the main change at the open, is with the patrons, I would say that the average age has dropped considerably. The result... not the most classy fans... certainly not like in Europe. The fans at the Aus open are goofy, loud, (sometimes drunk) and chanting all the time, but essentially good spirited... so it's a good atmosphere.
So the main changes:
More commercial, More young.

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Its just the way things are going in all sporting events. I go watch rugby matches and i drink everytime i go. I love the sport and watching ti but i make an occasion of it.

Tennis in the past has been too formal, its just coming into line with other sports. Although the Aus open seems to have these random clashes between groups of fans which i don't think has happened before in other slams.

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Excellent question,

Let me tell you, I have been going to the Aus Open since the mid 90's, and it has changed A LOT. The tennis did not attract as many teenagers as it does today. Aus open is easily the most affordable Grandslam to go to... Nowadays, the tennis is the place to go for all the teenagers, even though the last thing they care about is actual tennis.
This has significantly changes the atmosphere, and thus, the way in which the Aus Open is marketed. It has become a virtual 'school holiday care' in the middle of the city for teenagers.
Of course, the young have every right to go to the tennis, but you cannot expect them to be as 'calm' as others. They are loud, the girls are giggly, they don't give a shit about the tennis... I have heard chair umpire say "Girls, please" between a point, because they were laughing so loud. Security companies can also make good money out of the open, every year, Serbs and Croats, and whatever other nationality these young AUSTRALIANS consider themselves to be, now go to the tennis draped in the flag of their ancestors ready to chant for players... I state once again, they have often never heard of.
Anyway, it has also become more commercial, more loud.... more vibrant also... I don't hate the change... I admit that the kids are annoying.
One thing that disgusted me was putting music between the games in Vodafone Arena during one of the matches... we are not in America! why do we have to copy everything Americans do? Let's try and keep some of this event original, and Australian. We have all the loud and goofy announcements, music and noise like at the US open, this is not America. I hope we don't completely go down that path.

Well, anyway, to conclude, the main change at the open, is with the patrons, I would say that the average age has dropped considerably. The result... not the most classy fans... certainly not like in Europe. The fans at the Aus open are goofy, loud, (sometimes drunk) and chanting all the time, but essentially good spirited... so it's a good atmosphere.
So the main changes:
More commercial, More young.
Very good post!

I agree! Nowadays, tennis tournaments off court activites are as much important as the tennis itself.
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It seems the crowd is really bad in being partisan and cheering the errors of the opposing player??
Is this in only a few matches, or most/all of them?
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Yeh, tennis can struggle to compete against other sports that youngsters find more hyped and adrenaline pumping. I think if the AO helps others get into the sport and enjoy it more then it is a great thing! Its great to see so many people get behind a match!!

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Sounds fun for the fans
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omg..
i just realise..

what will happen in 5 years time?
10 years time..
where would be like..
arcades and rides..!!
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it would be more fun...
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Excellent question,

Let me tell you, I have been going to the Aus Open since the mid 90's, and it has changed A LOT. The tennis did not attract as many teenagers as it does today. Aus open is easily the most affordable Grandslam to go to... Nowadays, the tennis is the place to go for all the teenagers, even though the last thing they care about is actual tennis.
This has significantly changes the atmosphere, and thus, the way in which the Aus Open is marketed. It has become a virtual 'school holiday care' in the middle of the city for teenagers.
Of course, the young have every right to go to the tennis, but you cannot expect them to be as 'calm' as others. They are loud, the girls are giggly, they don't give a shit about the tennis... I have heard chair umpire say "Girls, please" between a point, because they were laughing so loud. Security companies can also make good money out of the open, every year, Serbs and Croats, and whatever other nationality these young AUSTRALIANS consider themselves to be, now go to the tennis draped in the flag of their ancestors ready to chant for players... I state once again, they have often never heard of.
Anyway, it has also become more commercial, more loud.... more vibrant also... I don't hate the change... I admit that the kids are annoying.
One thing that disgusted me was putting music between the games in Vodafone Arena during one of the matches... we are not in America! why do we have to copy everything Americans do? Let's try and keep some of this event original, and Australian. We have all the loud and goofy announcements, music and noise like at the US open, this is not America. I hope we don't completely go down that path.

Well, anyway, to conclude, the main change at the open, is with the patrons, I would say that the average age has dropped considerably. The result... not the most classy fans... certainly not like in Europe. The fans at the Aus open are goofy, loud, (sometimes drunk) and chanting all the time, but essentially good spirited... so it's a good atmosphere.
So the main changes:
More commercial, More young.
Very good post. I went to the AO in 2002 and it sounds like it's changed a lot even since that time (I don't remember goofy announcements, chanting fans or music between games).
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