The tournament began in 1905 and was held in Melbourne at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground. It wasn’t originally planned to become a massive international tournament, but in 1923 a meeting was held, and the International Lawn Tennis Federation decided that this would be a worldwide event.
People often pinpoint the establishment of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia (LTAA) in 1904 and the inaugural Australasian Championships as the or...
Hsieh Su-wei hits a return against the Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova during their women’s singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne yesterday. The Taiwanese made her Grand Slam debut in 2005, but had never gone beyond the fourth round before in 37 previous attempts.
The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year, preceding the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. It features men's and women's singles; men's, women's, and mixed doubles; junior's championships; and wheelchair, legends, and exhibition events. Before 1988, it was played on grass courts, but since then three types of hardcourt
Tennis fashion for the ladies and men was dashing and many clubs and local club competitions evolved. Tournaments like Wimbledon were created, The Davis Cup began in 1900, champions were held in high esteem and spectators were keen to see the best players in action.
Tony Ronaldson played at Melbourne Park a record 163 times and the best ever scoring performance was by Townsville player Ricky Jones who posted 53 points against the Magic in 1993. Rod Laver Arena hosted 287 NBL games including NBL Championship deciders in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
This decision was taken primarily because Melbourne was the only city attracting a large crowd on a consistent basis. It was decided in 1972 that the tournament would be played in front of more than 140,000 spectators, but the Australian Open tennis schedule took off to new heights only after the move to the Melbourne Park in 1988.
Spider Web Sport Products introduced tennis racquets into the range of archery and hockey equipment in the early to mid 1930′s to take advantage of the games rapidly growing popularity. Spider Web’s owner William Respini was a cabinet maker by trade and the factory was located at 133 Wells Place, South Melbourne, or as it […]