Australian Open Tennis 2017 Championships website with news and information about the world famous tennis tournament held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria each year. The site has lots of information including dates, schedule, results and winners.
The Australian Open is one of the four major Grand Slam tennis tournaments held every year. The event lasts for 14 days and take place in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The tournament was first held in 1905, grass courts were originally used, but since 1988 the it has been played on hard courts at Melbourne Park.
It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year starting around the middle of January and lasting for two weeks. Featuring men's and women's singles; men's, women's, and mixed doubles and junior's championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events. The other three Grand Slam tennis tournaments are the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
The Australian Open was the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat with its two primary courts, Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena, equipped with retractable roofs.
In recent years, the Australian Open has often provided the platform for unheralded players to emerge with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2008), Marcos Baghdatis (2006), Rainer Schuettler (2003) and Arnaud Clement (2001) among the surprise finalists.
The Australian Open Tennis Championships typically has very high attendance – second only to the US Open.
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