Australian Open Tennis 2009 Championships Tickets, Schedules.

Out of four Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open Tennis Championships is the only Grand Slam to be held in the beginning of the year (January).  For all those millions watching the nail biting match between Novak Djokovic and the top seed Roger Federer, could not but help cheer the valiant Serb in his fight against a master.

The fact that Novak won in straight sets and went on to win the Australian open tennis championship 2008 is the stuff fairy tales are made of.  The Australian Open threw up another anomaly of an unseeded unknown player brushing past heavyweights to reach the finals.  Jo-Wilfred Tsonga drew critical acclaim when he reached the finals and created a record of sorts.

Also christened as the Asian Grand Slam, the Australian Open Tennis is an annual event held in Melbourne, Australia.  Attended by most men and women champions the event lays the mood for the other Grand Slam events.

History of Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam

A century ago, precisely in 1904, six Australian State Tennis associations coalesced with the governing body of Tennis based in New Zealand into the Lawn Tennis Association of Australasia.  The first Tennis Championship event was held a year later at the Albert Reserve, Melbourne on the lawn of the Warehouseman’s Cricket Club.  A game on a borrowed lawn heralded the future Grand Slam of Asia.  The finalist Dr Arthur Curtis and Rodney Heath played before 5000 spectators.  This was the beginning of a major Grand Slam event that has run a course of a century and still going strong.

In 1906, the Australian open tennis tournament shifted to Christchurch, New Zealand, reverted back to Australia and in 1912 was the final time the event was held in New Zealand.  Australia and New Zealand parted ways in 1922, which also was the year the Women Championships were introduced.  The finalists in the first ever women championships were Margaret Molesworth and Esna Boyd.  The Australian open tennis tournament has since then been played in Australia with different cities sharing the honor of hosting the Championships.

Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Melbourne – Held 52 times
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Sydney – held 17 times
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Adelaide – held 14 times
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Brisbane – held 7 times
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Perth – held 3 times
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Christchurch – held 1 time
Australian Open Tennis Championships tournament at Hastings – held 1 time

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