Melbourne - Australie
2021-02-08 / 2021-02-21
The tournament was played on grass from 1905 to 1987. “The Happy Slam”, as it is known to players because of the always cheery Australians and the good vibes that permeate the tournament, is played on hard courts. The Australian Open was not always held in Melbourne. It has been organised in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and even twice in New Zealand in Christchurch and Hastings. Because it is played on the other side of the world, it took a while for the Australian Open to attract the entire tour. John McEnroe only entered the Australian Open five times, while he played the other three majors at least twice as many times. Famous for its night sessions, among other things, the Melbourne tournament holds the record for the latest match in Grand Slam history. It was the Hewitt-Baghdatis showdown of 2008. The third-round match ended at 4:33 in the morning, although it did not begin until 11:47 at night because of a lengthy match between Federer and Tisparevic. In the end, it was Rusty (Lleyton Hewitt’s nickname) who carried it in five sets. Obviously.