Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"
AO is by far my favorite Slam. Fan attendance is o/s, very good support for the ladies and weather is decent for the most part with top-notch facilities. In addition, the majority of the players (men and women) absolutely love it. The only other Slam that comes close is Wimbledon. Unfortunately, the quality of play for the ladies this year wasn't very good, a lot of non-competitive matches. But, it doesn't detract from the atmosphere, attendance and quality of the facilities in Melbourne.