I was just wondering why the Australian Open seems to be given little respect. Whenever I hear the commentators talking they rave about people winning the French, Wimbledon, or US Open, and sometimes fail to even mention the Australian. Where does this lack of respect come from, last time I checked it was still a slam, which makes it one of the 4 biggest tournaments in tennis. In another thread on this board someone (can't remember who) surmised that even if a player were to win the Australian it wouldn't mean much, because it is onlt "the Australian."
The media thing has nothing to do with respect for the tournament...it's just not talked about as much because Capriati (not a Williams sister) and Johansson (who hasn't done well since)won the Aus. Open
No, even in Capriati's case when they mention her win they usually say well she only won the Australian, like it doesn't matter, and one of the commentators said that the US Open is the tournament with the most dramatic matches, followed closely by the French and Wimbledon, no mention of Australian.
actually, if they are American commentators, maybe they haven't seen many of the matches, coz it's night time in the US when the AO is on... so maybe that's why they don't like it/don't mention it? Coz it's too annoying for them to actually stay up and watch any of tha matches, unless they are actually in Australia while it's on. (Which I'm guessing not all US commentators would be in Australia for the USO).
But I'm not sure why the AO is disrespected so much. It sucks pretty much that it is disrespected. But then I guess also, a few of the top players often elect to miss AUstralia because it's the start of the year, and such a long way to travel, so maybe that's why the commentators say it's "only" the AO...
AO isn't as "presitigious" because it doesn't have the history of great champions that the other slams do. For a long time the top players only played Wimbledon and US Champs, so nearly all of the all-time great players have won those 2 tournaments. Check the history of the AO and you will find that a lot of the great players in history never bothered playing the AO. (Remember that air travel back then wasn't what it is today, and that most players didn't make a lot of money, so making the trip down there was difficult.)
The FO started getting all the top players in the early 80's and the AO in the late 80's, which is why many older players consider these 2 tournaments somewhat less prestigious. It may change sometime in the future, but not for some time.
Originally posted by inkyfan actually, if they are American commentators, maybe they haven't seen many of the matches, coz it's night time in the US when the AO is on... so maybe that's why they don't like it/don't mention it? Coz it's too annoying for them to actually stay up and watch any of tha matches, unless they are actually in Australia while it's on. (Which I'm guessing not all US commentators would be in Australia for the USO).
I doubt it. I've been staying up all night to watch the US, so i'm sure that they watch at least some of the Aus. Open...and as for the thing where someone said the Aus. Open is not entertaining, what do you call the Capriati-Clijsters semi-final? (for those of you who didn't see it, it was basically a repeat of the 2001 French Open final, but played on hard court rather than clay)
Back when I first started following tennis (the ancient '70's) the Aussie Open wasn't as big a deal, it was commonly skipped by top players.
I actually only became aware of it when I saw a graphic in a tennis magazine that listed the slam results since the "Open Era" began. That was when I realized it was a "big deal". It really only became a big deal when they moved it to the beginning of the year (you can't win the "Grand Slam" without playing in Australia first as opposed to "oh well, I didn't win the other 3 so why bother going to Australia).
The point about advances in air travel is a good one too.
As for Yanks not watching because of the time difference, I watched the entire World Cup Live (and sometimes in Spanish).
A "tennis person" is going to watch!
I was in Argentina for a rugby tournament when JCap won her first one, when it was time to watch, I found a place to watch.
If your fave's coach isn't Richard Williams, that's just her first problem...
I was there when the ALL BLACKS won the World Cup in 2011!!!
"I don't know that I changed all that much. They just found somebody worse." - Aging tennis bad boy Jimmy Connors, referring to John McEnroe, in 1984.
aside from short history, the surface it was played on also mattered a bit, i think.
i mean, the other 3 sort of represent the ultimate tournament for its surface, clay-court kings have to win the french to claim that title, sampras and navratilova were almost invincible on grass in the prime; the williams' sisters are the best hard courters...
then the AO has an embarassing surface, not much of a season leading up into it and great players arent at their peak so early in the season, making competition a little less intense.