The Australian Open is one of the biggest and most highly-publicized sporting events in the tennis world. However, despite all the publicity the Australian Open gets, there are still some things about the tournament that many people don’t know. Here, we present our list of 14 things you didn’t know about the Australian Open. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fourteen: It Was Founded in 1905. That means it’s been around for an impressive 111 years! It was founded as the Australasian Championship.
Number Thirteen: It Is the First Grand Slam of Every Calendar Year. And it was renamed from the Australasian Championship (mentioned above) to the Australian Open in 1969.
Number Twelve: Its First Match Was Played on a Cricket Ground. Though the tournament always centered on tennis, the very first match played as part of the tournament was actually played on a cricket field!
Number Eleven: It Is the Only Grand Slam Held in Different Cities and Countries. The three other Grand Slam tournaments – Wimbledon, the French Open, and the U.S. Open – are held in London, England, Paris, France, and New York City, respectively. The Australian Open, on the other hand, has been held in Australia, New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth.
Number Ten: Only One Player Has Won the Tournament on Both Grass and Hard Court. Mats Wilander is the only tennis player to successfully win the title of the Australian Open on both grass courts and hard courts.
Number Nine: Ken Rosewall Is the Youngest and Oldest Person to Win the Men’s Singles Title. It might sound crazy, but it’s true! Ken Rosewall was 18 years old when he first won the Australian Open as a singles player, and he was 37 years old when he won his final Australian Open, making him both the youngest and oldest person ever to win the men’s singles title.
Number Eight: Martina Hingis Is its Youngest Champion. Hingis was just 16 years old when she won the tournament, making her the youngest champion in the tournament’s history. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 14 things you didn’t know about the Australian Open, coming soon!