Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status
LMAO Your ignorance of tennis history and administration is embarrassing.
1) The Australian Open is the biggest annual sporting event in Australia, and possibly the Southern Hemisphere. It regularly attracts more than 500 000 spectators (this year it broke the 600 000 mark for the first time). These crowds are far greater in size than both Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
2) The Australian Open has become a multibillion dollar event and brings hundreds of thousands of people into the city of Melbourne. It is as much of a Melbourne institution as the other Grand Slams are to New York, Paris and London
3) In comparison to wet and cold London and Paris, Melbourne (bar occassional heat episodes) has great sunny weather for the fans and players to enjoy.
4) The two roofed centre courts are the first of their kind in the world. They allow for play, rain or shine, heatwave or blizzard.
5) The Australian Open is an equal of the other Grand Slams and has over 100 years of history, drama and entertainment in Australia. To remove such a prestigous event from the calendar would be stupid.
6) Australia is clearly one of the most successful tennis playing nations in history and as a result, we are reaping the benefits.
7) Clearly your point of view is Eurocentric, because as players from Asia emerge, the far reaches of the world certainly will not be Australia. The Australian Open is the closest Grand Slam for the large majority of Asian players.
8) Australians have worked their arses off in the administration section of tennis.
WHAT HAVE JAPAN, INDIA AND CHINA DONE TO WARRANT A GRAND SLAM? Replacing any of the Grand Slams is a stupid idea, and adding a fifth is even worse.
S.Williams M.Bartoli A.Barty