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Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

Dump the Australian Open and upgrade the Japan Open to Grand Slam status?

Is it not about time that Asia and the far east had a slam?

China And India still have a lot to prove, but Japan is an excellent candidate in my opinion. It has the infrastructure in place. It’s a great country. They love their tennis.

The AO is getting as tired as the Eurovision song contest. Travelling to the end of the earth to play sport in an oven is not my idea of entertainment.

Maybe five slams in a year and a lot less tier I and II's.

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Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

No to everything you just said. 4 Slams and in the same places as they are now.
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The fact that slams are rare is what makes them so great, adding a fifth one would be a bad idea. Plus I prefer by far Australia than Japan, now that the Australian Open is taken seriously by all players let's not dumb it for a new one in Japan or anywhere else that would have to build all of its "reputation" once again and be considered as the least important slam.

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No thanks


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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.

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Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

I'm not fussed about three four or five slams.
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And BTW, why dump the AO, why not FO, USO or Wimb in your opinion?

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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.
I agree, this is like Russia to me, China and Japan having Tier Is, is good enough.
I feel that history shouldn't be changed, and Grand Slams should stay the same


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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.
Tennis history isnt necessarily tennis future.
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Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

The slams are great the way they are now. No change is needed.
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Tennis history isnt necessarily tennis future.

What are you saying? Japan is going to become a leading tennis nation, win in excess of 25 Davis Cup titles, over 10 Fed Cup titles, have a host of top 10/20/50 players over a long period of time, have men and women high up in the administration of ITF/WTA/ATP, have crowds in excess of 500 000 people, attract millions (if not billions) of dollars of investments and sponsorship????

I could go on and on. To put it simply, your's is a stupid idea.
Leave the Slams the way they are, if they haven't changed in the last 100 years, why would they be changed now

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And BTW, why dump the AO, why not FO, USO or Wimb in your opinion?
The other 3 are more successful in history IMO, and the AO was skipped by many players in its early stages and it is the youngest and IMO worst slam since it is too soon in the season, but that's scheduling stupidity.


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Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

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Dump the Australian Open and upgrade the Japan Open to Grand Slam status?

Is it not about time that Asia and the far east had a slam?

China And India still have a lot to prove, but Japan is an excellent candidate in my opinion. It has the infrastructure in place. Itís a great country. They love their tennis.

The AO is getting as tired as the Eurovision song contest. Travelling to the end of the earth to play sport in an oven is not my idea of entertainment.

Maybe five slams in a year and a lot less tier I and II's.
Similar ideas were floated in the forum before and they were soundly refuted. Keep the number of slams and their location where they have been traditionally.
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Re: Japan Open - Grand Slam Status

As the old adage goes if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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Well, it is way the hell out of the way in a country with an almost insignificant population (19 million?). In the US, the Australian Open consistently draws the lowest ratings. Except for die-hard tennis fans which are ever dwindling in number these days, most casual fans don't even know there's a slam in Australia. But I voted "No" to getting rid of it because it's a fun tournament. Plus I love slams. The more the merrier.

Besides, the Australian Open is hardly alone in being ignored by Americans. The French Open also draws very little interest in the US. Most American players do poorly on clay, and most winners of the French never win on any other surface. I would say many Americans don't even know it exists.

From a business and exposure standpoint, it makes sense to turn the Beijing Open into a 5th Slam, and schedule it between the Australian and French since there's such a large calendar gap btwn those 2 slams. The Beijing Olympics drew record audiences worldwide, tennis should capitalize on that buzz, anything "Beijing" is going to draw attention from sports fans these days. The brand new facility built there is beautiful and good enough for a slam. Also China is a huge potential market for tennis equipment and represents big endorsement opportunities for tennis stars. Even if only 10% of their population becomes tennis fans, that's still 130 million people!!
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