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Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first of the world's four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, held each January at Melbourne Park.

Held in the middle of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is famous for its notoriously hot days. An extreme-heat policy is often put into play when temperatures (and humidity) reach dangerous levels.

 

Australian Open History

The tournament was first played in 1905 as The Australasian Championships, became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969. Since 1905, the Championships have been staged in five different cities as follows: Melbourne (50 times), Sydney (17 times), Adelaide (14 times), Brisbane (eight times), Perth (three times), and well as in New Zealand, (twice) in 1906 and 1912.

In 1972, it was decided to stage the Tournament in the one city each year, as opposed to visiting various states across the nation, and the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club was selected due to Melbourne attracting the biggest patronage.

Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) was constructed in time for the 1988 Open to meet the demands of the evolving tournament that had outgrown Kooyong's capacity. The move to Melbourne Park was an immediate success, with a 90 per cent increase in attendance in 1988 (266,436) on the previous year at Kooyong (140,000).

 

List of Australian Open Men's Singles Champions

Here the latest Melbourne winners :

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1997 Pete Sampras Carlos Moyá 6-2 6-3 6-3
1998 Petr Korda Marcelo Ríos 6-2 6-2 6-2
1999 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Thomas Enqvist 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-6
2000 Andre Agassi Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-4
2001 Andre Agassi Arnaud Clement 6-4 6-2 6-2
2002 Thomas Johansson Marat Safin 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6(4)
2003 Andre Agassi Rainer Schüttler 6-2 6-2 6-1
2004 Roger Federer Marat Safin 7-6(3) 6-4 6-2
2005 Marat Safin Lleyton Hewitt 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4
2006 Roger Federer Marcos Baghdatis 5-7 7-5 6-0 6-2
2007 Roger Federer Fernando Gonzalez 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4
2008 Novak Djokovic Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(2)
2009 Rafael Nadal Roger Federer 7-5 3-6 7-6(3) 3-6 6-2
2010 Roger Federer Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6(11)
2011 Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3
2012 Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5
2013 Novak Djokovic Andy Murray 6-7(2) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-2

 

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