Re: is the australian open becoming a circus?
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.
Last edited by V.Melb; Jan 20th, 2008 at 08:06 PM.