Sports: 5 Facts About The Australian Open You Should Know

Sports: 5 Facts About The Australian Open You Should Know

By Dana Hughes | Business Contributor on November 28, 2016
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Venus Williams pictured at the 2013 Australian Open

Sports is no doubt one of the most important need of human life. One cannot live a healthy life without sports. It is rightly said that “Sound mind requires a sound body.” So, we need to do some sports to make our body healthy and free of diseases.

Tennis is no doubt, one of the world’s best sports. It is one of the most popular games in the world. Many people like it and especially Europeans are too much interested in it. It is played from club level to an international level.

Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open finals
Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open finals

Players usually start playing at club level. And the talented and hardworking players are promoted to next level. Players usually start from club level, and if they are talented enough then they are included in the team of clubs. Then they are slowly promoted to next levels. Only the best of the bests is lucky enough to make a place at international level.

There are many international tennis events. Some of them are the grand slam, Wimbledon and much more. One of the most popular and highly viewed events or competition is Australian Open.

It is one of the most highly viewed tennis events. Australian open live stream will be played on many different online channels too. This is a good thing because many people can’t watch on TV because they will be in offices so they can easily watch Australian Open live stream.

There are many interesting facts about Australian Open. Let’s have a look at some of them:

1: Where the first match of Australian Open was played?

It is probably one of the most important and interesting fact about that event. This fact is directly related to the beginning of that event. Can you guess where the first match of Australian Open was played? Was that an arena? Was that a big podium? Was that a big sports complex? Now you will be amazed that the answer to all of these questions is a big NO. You won’t believe that the first match of Australian Open was not played in any of these places. It was played at a cricket ground. It is hard to believe that, but it is the truth. A small part of cricket ground was customized to make a tennis court for the first match of that historical competition.

Rafael Nadal pictured in the 2015 Australian Open
Rafael Nadal pictured in the 2015 Australian Open
2: Was that event always played at Melbourne?

You will be amazed at this fact. There is a popular consensus among the people that the name of this event is based in Australia because it has always been held in Australia. But that conception is totally wrong. It was held in many different countries too. It was held in New Zealand too. It was only in 1987 that this tournament was declared to be held in Melbourne only.

3: Youngest winner of the tournament
Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis

Well, I am sure that you don’t know the age of the youngest player who won that tournament. So! Let me tell you! She was only 16 years old, and her name was Martina Hingis. It is hard to believe that she won the tournament at such a younger age.

4: Largest number of players ever competed

The largest number of players ever competed in this tournament were 690 in 2014. This is the amount of all the players who competed in all the events including seniors and juniors.

5: The longest duration match ever played in Australian open
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played the longest match in a Grand Slam final ever at the 2012 Australian Open in which Djokovic defeated Nadal in five sets spanning five hours and 53 minutes
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played the longest match in a Grand Slam final ever at the 2012 Australian Open in which Djokovic defeated Nadal in five sets spanning five hours and 53 minutes

The match holding the record for being the longest duration match ever played in Australian Open was played between Nadal and Djokovic. The duration of the match was 5 hours and 53 minutes. It was the final of 2012 event.

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