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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 12:40 PM   #16
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

1)Wimbledon
2)US Open
3)French Open
4)Australian Open

This year AO was on a decline , not enough really good matches and intrigue . Without Nadal ATP tour is not as entertaining as it used to be , and after Serena got injured women's part was like Tier 1-2 tournament.
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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 12:41 PM   #17
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

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I don't think so. The crowd is the best in the world and the players seem to like the AO the best out of the four slams.
The crowd at the AO can be so retarded sometimes though.
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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 12:45 PM   #18
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

I'm bored of the constant undermining of the AO (and RG on occasions). They are what they are.
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

For a MM slam, they offer the largest pot of prize money and the tournament director is actually well loved amongst the players. It's the one slam that actually tries to accommodate the players to fit their needs.

Best match this year? Easily Wawrinka and Djokovic on the men's, the women's...well..Hampton and Azarenka had the potential


It's regarded as the "fun" slam by many people.
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

"MM" Slam? Jeez, that's new to me.

For the fact alone that the AO was by two decades the first slam to have a center court with a roof makes it great imo. 11 hour time difference aside, AO=super for me.
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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #21
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

IT'S THE BEST!!!

*apart from this year's*
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Old Jan 27th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #22
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

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Not the grounds, but the tournament itself. Since when was AO considered a slam? Wasn't it sometime in the 80's? Historical, because of the historical figures who took part in the event. I don't remember the likes of Lenglen, Borg, Perry et al. caring to win this tournament during their times.


In all seriousness, Australia and other slams only gained their "slam" status in 1933.

Since then, the competition level at this slam has been weak with the exception of the 1960s and early 70s and from 1988 to now.

60s and early 70s was strong because Margaret Court was the dominant player of that time. Plus, Australia also had a lot of top female players during that time aside from Margaret.

1988 was a turning point for this tournament because it moved to a different location and different (unique) surface. All the top female players played in that 1988 tournament and it has continued until now with rare exceptions like injuries or careers winding down.
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For a MM slam, they offer the largest pot of prize money and the tournament director is actually well loved amongst the players. It's the one slam that actually tries to accommodate the players to fit their needs.


It's regarded as the "fun" slam by many people.

"Wimbledon is the oldest Major, founded in 1877, followed by the US in 1881, the French in 1891, and the Australian in 1905"
Yup, the slams are regarded in prestige pretty much in order of age. I would agree it is the "fun" slam. It kick starts the tennis year, the players and fans alike love it. It has a great tennis tradition, some amazing champions and some amazing matches.

It isn't as "serious" as Wimbledon which marks the tipping point into the latter third of the tennis year and is traditionally dominated by the greatest of champions, but it is as well regarded in its own way. In other words: it is what it is.
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

I like the AO and don't see it as a MM slam. Yeah, it doesn't have the same history as the other three, but it's got its own personality just like the other slams and that's what I like about it.
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Thankfully, no one cares what you think. Who calls it an MM Slam, except for people who don't know/appreciate tennis, like you?
I can't understand how could mod have such behavior...
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What does MM mean ?
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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.
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Re: How is the Australian Open viewed as a "grand slam"

It's a great tournament. Great crowds, great facilities.

But shame that Australian tennis is in the condition it is, forcing the home crowd to cheer for imported players like Gajdosova or Rodionova instead of a home-grown talent. But maybe Sam Stosur will surprise us next year and wins the whole thing?
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Not the grounds, but the tournament itself. Since when was AO considered a slam? Wasn't it sometime in the 80's? Historical, because of the historical figures who took part in the event. I don't remember the likes of Lenglen, Borg, Perry et al. caring to win this tournament during their times.
Because it was so easy to go all the way to Australia back in the day...:rolleye:

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