Everytime I watch the Tennis Match (The Australian Open) on Channel 7
The commentators always said : The Asia/Pacific Grandslam
Jan 23rd, 2003, 12:28 AM
engh, i think that the australian open sounds better ;)
Jan 23rd, 2003, 12:30 AM
I don't know why, The Channel 7 commentators are always say :
The Australian Open is The Asia-Pacific Grand Slam?
Jan 23rd, 2003, 12:51 AM
Austrailian Open is trying to promote more Asian players...thus giving some Asians WCs, and renaming themselves Asia-Pacific Grand Slam. Here in the US commentators still call it the Aussie Open tho.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 01:00 AM
Australian Open sounds better and is what it is IMO.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 01:13 AM
It is stil the Australian Open - its tagline underneath the main heading now is Grand Slam of Asia Pacific.
They have done it because of sponsorship mainly... Ford Australia used to be sponsor - but when they pulled out, they couldnt get another Australian Company to sponspor it as it was soo expensive - so they got an Asian company Kia... Part of the sponsorship deal was to market the tournemant more to Asia as 48% of their TV viewers are in Asia because they are on the same time zone. I have interviewed Paul MacNamee about this and it will feature in March's issue of Qantas Magazine - so if you are flying on Qantas in March - look out for it.