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The Aussie Open has always been considered the most easy-going and pleasant for fans and players alike.

But gosh the past few years there has been so much controversy about stuff? Why is it happening all now and is this tournament destined to go by the wayside like it did before when it was on grass?

I would hate to see that; the Australian has and may never reach the prestige as the other three. But it's still a Grand Slam and should be treated as such.
 

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It's a fairly unfounded premise that the Australian Open should all of a sudden have become riddled with controversy.

I haven't seen any media reports suggesting this, and I doubt there is such a public perception - if you discard the more or less imaginative rants of fans on message boards

And even if your premise was better established, it doesn't necessarily follow that the status of the Open will diminish as a consequence. Controversy, of the right kind, may in fact rejuvenate it.
 

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Perhaps Iconoclast you have not been paying attention to the different controversies that have been plaguing the tournament as of late and not that my "premise was not better esbablished."
 

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Jakeev - While you are a Lindsay fan 9I think) don't get me started on this. I'd have to say Australian Open is more prestegious that the French Open. And the reason the US Open is so well known is because it is America.

For god sake just leave the Slam alone.
 

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Hi fellow Lindsay fan but you are wrong Viva. The Australian has always been behind all the other three tounaments, including the French, in terms of prestige.

And read my post I am not being anti-Australian Open, I am asking why people seem to be so negative about it.
 

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Wrong? Why am I wrong? Is it because I have a different opinion to you?

I am sick of people slagging off the Oz Open. Lately it is because their favourite player is injured and can't play so hey! Lets blame the slam! Well Mine and yours fave player is out too.

One of the reasons it is seen as least prestigeous is because it is so far away. People have to watch it late at night. Well we can't help that unless we can magically move Australia which we all know is not going to happen. Many people like the Australian Open more because it has a more easy-going manner. It is not a snooty as Wimbledon, less insolent than the French and less rowdy than the US Open. Maybe this has something to do with it.

It just seems like your taking the Australian Open's diginity away and making it seem pointless to even play it because no onesgoing to care. As others have stated on this board, the Oz Open is even seen as higher than the US Open. But really must there be a hiarachy (sp?) in the Slams? Of course Wimbledon is always going to be the most prestigeous but the other three are on the same level. The players seem to like it, why can't we?

I never said you were being anti-Australian.
 

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All I can say to you Viva is WHAT E VER since you obviously did not read one word I said in my original post.

I asked a question and that was why are people being negative about the Australian open and you are twisting it as I am the one who is.

I don't appreciate that so I strongly suggest if you are going to respond to me, at least have the class to actually read what I have to say.

If your belief is that The Australian Open is the most prestigious Grand Slam of them all then that is your opinion but it's not mine.

If you take a poll of the top 200 players in the world Viva I am sure only a dozen if that would name the Australian the one tournament they wish could be their title.

Get of your high horse damn it:mad:
 

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Oh I have a different opinion to you and now I'm supposed to be acting all holier-than-thou. Geez no point even responding to you because everything I say is "wrong". That's fine. :rolleyes:

And don't give me that mad face!
 

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Oh, how mature.

*sigh*
 

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Judging by the way Lindsay and Jennifer jumped up and down when they won the last two Australian Opens, it didn't seem like they thought this was a less prestigious grand slam than the other three.

So if the players don't think otherwise, why should we?
 

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Sam L makes a very good point, wouldn't you agree Jakeev?
 

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Well, I think the US Open is the most preferred Slam for... American People!

If there was a poll in Europe, I'm quite sure the USO would be the player's LEAST preferred Slam!

But actually I don't care about all that...
BTW the one I wait fill with enthusiasm is... Roland Garros ;)
 

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All of the Slams are prestigious.:rolleyes: Any player would love to win ANY of the Grand Slams because they are the most important tournaments.

Look at the controversy that has surrounded Martina H. for the past three years. She was #1 but, in just about every story written about her, it was pointed out that she hadn't won a Slam in over 2 years. It was an embarrassment to her. Also, Goran I. was considered a very good player but his resume wasn't complete until he won a Slam. All of the Slams are very important to every player.

Some players may not like some Slams (i.e., the grass is difficult for the clay courters; the clay is difficult for everybody BUT clay courters; and the U.S. Open, with all the distractions in NY is difficult for a lot of players) but every player wants the term "Grand Slam winner" on his/her resume. :wavey:
 

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The Australian Open is an important tournament. It just never had the same prestige as the other three. It wasn't until the tournament moved to Melbourne that it became more popular.

But when you ask a player what tourament they want to win the most, it's the other three that are always mentioned.

Furthermore, for a Grand Slam, why isn't the money as great as the other three?

And Viva please don't even talk to me about maturity. You could use a class in it yourself.
 

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Ooooo vicious. Maybe you shoudl take a lesson in manners.
 

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Viva...Just read Jakeev's posts and you will see what he means.


You are ranting about something that is totally irrelevant...just read his posts and then your responses......Jakeev is making a lot of sense....

Why are you going off the deep end like that?..It makes for really annoying reading since you are responding to everything Jakeev didn't say.
 

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Well I guess it's interesting how you mention this question:

"But when you ask a player what tourament they want to win the most, it's the other three that are always mentioned."

Well I know that every player from an English speaking country e.g. British, Amercans and Australians would definitely say Wimbledon. And most claycourt specialists in Europe or South America would say the French Open.

But who actually says the US open as the tournament they want to win the most? Please refresh my memory I cannot remember who? :confused:
 

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One of the reasons the Australian Open pays less is because of the extremely weak Australian Dollar.....we just can't afford to pay much more...for us, this is already a LOT of money, but it doesn't look much because of the low conversion rates.
 

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The point is Sam is I rarely hear about a player saying the Australian is the one tournament they want to win.......I think most Americans dream of winning either Wimbledon or the U.S. Open.

Viva you are a fellow Lindsay fan great. But at this point I have no respect for you as a poster.

Unless you can respond more intelligently to what I have to say please don't bother because from here on out I will ignore you and that includes if you respond to what I have just said.
 
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