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Fast Facts About The Australian Open That You May Not Know

As the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open is one of the most anticipated tennis tournaments in the world, starting in the second week of January each year. First held in 1905, the Australian Open is the only one out of the four Grand Slams that started in the 20th century.  Just like Wimbledon or the French Open, the Australian Open has a lot of interesting information that many might not be aware of.

So before you head over to Mordialloc Sporting Club to watch some tennis action on our huge screens in air conditioned comfort, here are some fast facts to enlighten yourself and impress your mates!

1. The Australian Open was first held in 1905 and was known as the Australasian Championship until 1927. It wasn’t until 1969 that the name was changed to Australian Open.

2. The event is the youngest of all the four Grand Slams. The Oldest is Wimbledon (1877), followed by the US Open (1881), and the French Open (1891).

3. The Australian Open boasts the youngest Grand Slam champion, Martina Hingis. Hingis won in 1997 aged 16 years and three months.

4. Serena William’s 23rd Grand Slam singles title was won in Melbourne in 2017 when she was pregnant!

5. The hottest playing season was recorded in the 2007 tournament. Since the Australian Open is held during the summer season, tournament conditions can be very harsh. The Australian Open has an Extreme Heat Policy, which allows umpires to suspend a tennis match once temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius. To protect players and audiences from the heat, a retractable roof has been built into the stadium. Alternatively it is a good thing you won’t have to worry about the heat when you watch it from the comforts of our sports club!

6. Originally, the Australian Open was played on grass. Starting in 1988, the surface changed from grass to hard court. Mats Wilander is the only person to have won the title on both grass (1983 and 1984) and hard court (1988).

7. The Australian Open was played in January until 1919 after which it was moved to March for 1920. It was once again moved to August from 1923 to 1976. In 1977, the tournament was played twice due to a change in schedule caused by climatic fluctuations. Still keeping up? It was played during mid-December until 1985 but was shifted to mid-January since the time failed to bring in top players, which meant the tournament wasn’t plated in 1986. Finally, the Australian Open as we know it was held in January 1987.

8. Care to guess how many tennis balls the tournament uses? Each year, 40,000 tennis balls are used for the Australian Open! Over 300 ball boys and girls are in attendance every year.

9. If you’re visiting Melbourne around the Australian Open, expect to see a wide array of art, culture, and events adding to the excitement!

The Australian Open starts on 14th January and runs until the 27th January. If you’re looking for a great sports bar to enjoy the game whilst enjoying great food and drinks, head over to Mordialloc Sporting Club. With a fully appointed TAB Facility ranging from Trackside, Sportspick, Sportsbet, EBT´S and Daily Form Service and full TV coverage of all events, our sports bar will surely please friends, families, and groups! For enquiries, please feel free to get in touch by calling 03 9586 7900 or visiting us at 528 Main Street, Mordialloc.

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