Originally Posted by thegreendestiny
It's a great tournament all in all there's no denying that but there's just something lacking about it which I couldn't feel in Roland Garros, SW1 or in Flushing Meadows. Maybe its historical background and all those things but, I will never truly view it the same as with the three. The vibe I get is the same as in Miami. I'm not surprised some elitists refer to it as a MM slam.
Your point is well taken.
The finals match aired at 3:30AM EST in the USA. Its hard to be taken seriously as a major sporting event when you are on TV in that time-slot for the most important viewing demographic in your sport.
You could almost call it the forgotten major. Of the 4, it clearly has the least value. Although for different reasons, the legitimacy of the French Open has also greatly declined.
There are a lot of negatives to the Australian Open. First, its very difficult to get to for just about everybody. The tournament is held right in the middle of the NFL playoffs, which in the USA is the dead zone for anything sports related outside of football. And the entire country of Australia only has about 22 million people. That's the same number of people you would find just in the New York City metropolitan area alone! If you are objective. It might be time for a change.
The good news for the Australian Open is China. I think there are a lot of positives to calling the Australian Open "The Championship of South Asia." Or maybe even "The Championship of Asia." Of course, this strategy is centered around growth opportunities in China. However the problem is the WTA finals match was airing at 4:30PM in Bejing, which is certainly better than 3:30AM in the USA, but its not exactly primetime.
If you are having 1 of the 4 biggest tournaments of the year and you miss primetime TV in the USA, China and Europe.... then by the modern definition of sports, you have a problem!
Of course the ridiculous purists will be up in arms. And historians will cry. But for the better long term growth of the tournament and major, it would be much better off in China than in Australia. I know this may seem like a strange notion now. And I am sure it will draw laughs. But at some point in the future, I wouldn't bet against it.
If you go by the numbers, in the modern world of sports, Australia has no business annually hosting tournament of this value.