What to wait from the Open Championship of Australia for?
On January 14 in the heads of fans of sport there will be a serious two-week revolution. For the first time with the word “ Australia “ will be associated not “ kangaroo “ and “ eucalyptus “ and the high society of world tennis because on Rod Laver`s courts fights not on life, and on a beautiful brilliant cup will begin.
not to get confused and to begin to spin in a tuft of the second giving and matchballs, I offer the short reference book (guide) on blue (and earlier green) to courts of Australia (the country - the continent). Oh, well and offer.
The SHORT HISTORY
B 1905 when tournament began more - to be carried out less regularly, the educated ladies and gentlemen called the joint-stock company - from now on we will call so Australian Open - at all not the joint-stock company. Tournament received the name only in 1969, and first at all was declared as avstraliysko - Asian. And in general, I want to warn at once - tournament very much changeable, changed a venue of the whole six times. Tournament managed to stay for a while in Sydney (17 times), Adelaide (14), Brisbane (8), Perth (3) and even in New Zealand (2) in 1906 and 1912, and, at last, in Melbourne (46) where it nowadays and is carried out.
Certainly, in Australia. Undoubtedly, in Melbourne if dashing Australian wind does not transfer tournament where - nibud to prairies. Certainly, on courts of the tennis " complex; Melbourne Park “ earlier pleasantly turning green, as if the blossoming meadow, and nowadays (and this innovation of thoughtless tournament) becoming blue, as if a viscous sea wave.
the Last winners of this tournament - Roger Federer and Serena Williams. From our compatriots it is necessary to mark out the victor of the joint-stock company - 2005 Marat Safin, capricious tournament did not obey Russians yet. Maria Sharapova who with a crash lost in the final of last year to Serena was closest to a treasured cup.
the Prize fund of tournament grows. Last year it made record 14,95 million dollars. Winners of tournament received $957 thousand. Emotions are distributed in unlimited number.
their two. The first - new, romantically - a blue covering. Many tennis players consider it unsuccessful. Among them such mastodons as Novak Djokovic, Mardy Fish and Jelena Jankovic: in their opinion, the covering too slow, jumps aside a ball inconveniently and low, say, the pleasant surprise did not turn out.
Second - even more serious: even the status of the joint-stock company as Grand Slam tournament is nowadays challenged. The reason of unprecedented encroachment call lag from US Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon on the volume of the made investments and development of infrastructure. Whether will deprive of fans of tennis of fascinating battles by a ball and a racket? Time will tell. I think, in the near future it does not threaten us.
Same “ Grand Slam “! The intrigue everywhere and on chordate tournaments is shown in all the beauty. Whether applicants of a title under strokes of bad luck (recently it has the Swiss nationality) will reconcile or will be able to show resistance? Whether ambitions and inspiration will stick in viscous blue of court? Whether there will be tens of rackets - broken, tense unauthorized and self-satisfied - magic wands in hands of magicians and fakirs? Lines, grids, balls, stools. Second giving, spades, forkhenda, bekhenda. Tears, rage flashes, agony of a victory and emptiness of defeat.
The open championship of Australia - Melbourne carries out, and the world observes.]