2007 Australian Open

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2007 Australian Open
Date:   15 January – 28 January
Edition:   95th
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Surface:   Hardcourt (Rebound Ace)
Location:   Melbourne, Australia
Venue:   Melbourne Park
Champions
Men's Singles
Switzerland Roger Federer
Women's Singles
United States Serena Williams
Men's Doubles
United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan
Women's Doubles
Zimbabwe Cara Black / South Africa Liezel Huber
Mixed Doubles
Canada Daniel Nestor / Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Boys' Singles
Australia Brydan Klein
Girls' Singles
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Boys' Doubles
United Kingdom Graeme Dyce / Finland Harri Heliövaara
Girls' Doubles
Russia Evgeniya Rodina / Russia Arina Rodionova
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Netherlands Esther Vergeer
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Netherlands Esther Vergeer
Australian Open
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The 2007 Australian Open was a Grand Slam tennis tournament held in Melbourne, Australia from 15 January until 28 January 2007.

The total prize pool was set at exactly A$20 million, with the winners of both the men's and women's singles competition each receiving A$1,281,000.[1] Over 500 players competed in 2007.[1] The main draw for singles and doubles was released on Friday 12 January 2007.

In Mixed Doubles, the scoring system was changed. Should both teams in a match become one set a piece, a match tie break will take part in the final set where the first team to score ten points wins the match. If the score for the match tie break becomes 9–9, a difference by two is required to win the game (e.g. 11–9, 12–10, etc.).

Notable stories[edit]

New technology used in line-calling[edit]

Women's singles fourth round match at Vodafone Arena on day six of the 2007 Australian Open.

This was the first time that the tournament used the Hawk-Eye system in an official line-calling capacity, as an auxiliary to the human line judges. Players were given the opportunity to challenge a human line call if they believed it to be incorrect, by having Hawk-Eye confirm or overrule the original call. The system was installed on only one court being used for the tournament, in the Rod Laver Arena.

At the beginning of a set, the players were each given the opportunity to incorrectly challenge a maximum of two line calls during the set. A player who still had some incorrect challenges remaining was allowed to make an unlimited number of correct challenges, but when a player had no incorrect challenges remaining, his or her opportunity to challenge line calls was lost. Players received an extra incorrect challenge during a tiebreak. The players regained both challenges at the beginning of each set and also after every 12 games in the final deciding set. Unused challenges did not carry over when this happened.[2]

An additional aspect to the new system was that a video replay screen was installed inside the arena for the first time, to display the results of the challenges. The screen also allowed the spectators (and players themselves) to view instant replays that could previously only be seen by the television audience and those viewing the match on screens outside the stadium. This implementation caused noticeable drama in a match between No. 2 Amélie Mauresmo and Olga Poutchkova in which Mauresmo challenged the in call on Poutchkova's shot and the replay showed the ball out graphically but still called the ball in.

Factional fighting on Day 1[edit]

On 15 January 2007, around one hundred and fifty Australian youths of Serbian, Croatian and Greek origins were ejected from the Open after brawling with one another in Garden Square at Melbourne Park. The brawl reportedly developed after fans taunted each other with nationalist slogans. According to The Age newspaper, twenty police tried to quell the disturbance, which allegedly developed after an informal understanding between some Serb and Croat fans — that the two groups would not attend on the same day — was broken. The two opposing groups were ejected out separate exits and escorted away from the venue in opposite directions by police. No arrests were made, and no charges were laid against any of the participants.

The Greek supporters protested that they had not been involved in the taunts exchanged between the Serb and Croat contingents, though The Age reported that some Greek supporters had sided with some Serbs and chanted, "Greece, Serbia! Greece, Serbia!" and "We must support our Orthodox brothers". Serb fans claimed that the violence had been provoked by Croat use of the Croatian national flag, which in their eyes carried connotations of Second World War fascism, while Croats claimed that the violence was provoked by Serbs shouting anti-Croat, pro-Serb chants.[3]

A Croatian supporter suffered minor injuries in the ethnic brawl after being hit with a Serbian flagpole. People wearing Croatian or Serbian national colours were subsequently refused entry and the next day featured heightened security. Police in Victoria said that this sort of behaviour was never seen in the tournament before.[4]

Weather conditions[edit]

Heat in excess of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) on Day 2 caused the Extreme Heat Policy to be implemented. Most daytime matches were delayed, and matches continued on outside courts till 3.30am the following morning. Janko Tipsarević chose to forfeit his match against David Nalbandian because of the heat. On Rod Laver Arena with the roof open, top-seeded Maria Sharapova nearly succumbed to the heat, losing a 5-0 lead in the final set, but managed to defeat Camille Pin 6–3. 4–6, 9–7.

During the night sessions on Day 3, the Australian Open was affected by rain delaying play. Three men's matches were postponed in progress. The matches on Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena were delayed for only 15 minutes while the retractable roofs closed. Marat Safin wisely requested that play be suspended while noticeably out of the match against Dudi Sela with Sela up two sets to one, six games to five, and 30-30. After the delay, Safin returned to win the fourth set and then the final set 6-0 to advance. This was reminiscent of the match in the 2006 Australian Open in which Marcos Baghdatis advanced after appearing rejuvenated against David Nalbandian. The match on Rod Laver featuring women's number two Amélie Mauresmo and Olga Poutchkova was barely underway when the rains came.

Rain on day six caused play to only proceed on the covered courts of Rod Laver Arena and Vodafone Arena, for the duration of the day. Thus, only high seeds Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Nikolay Davydenko, Kim Clijsters, James Blake, and Martina Hingis were able to play their matches, as well as Australians Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt. Players scheduled for play on the outer courts had to wait until Day 7, and faced the possibility of playing on consecutive days for the winners. Initially only 10 matches were scheduled for play in Laver and Vodafone, but the match between Andy Murray and Juan Ignacio Chela was moved indoors, to leave only five delayed matches in men's and women's singles.

Seniors[edit]

Men's Singles[edit]

Switzerland Roger Federer defeated Chile Fernando González, 7–6(7–2), 6–4, 6–4

  • It was Federer's 1st title of the year, and his 46th overall. It was his 10th career Grand Slam title, and his 3rd Australian Open title.

Women's Singles[edit]

United States Serena Williams[5] defeated Russia Maria Sharapova, 6–1, 6–2

Men's Doubles[edit]

United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan defeated Sweden Jonas Björkman / Belarus Max Mirnyi, 7–5, 7–5

Women's Doubles[edit]

Zimbabwe Cara Black / South Africa Liezel Huber defeated Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan / Chinese Taipei Chuang Chia-jung, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–1

Mixed Doubles[edit]

Canada Daniel Nestor / Russia Elena Likhovtseva[6] defeated Belarus Max Mirnyi / Belarus Victoria Azarenka, 6–4, 6–4

Juniors[edit]

Boys' Singles[edit]

Australia Brydan Klein defeated France Jonathan Eysseric, 6–2, 4–6, 6–1

Girls' Singles[edit]

Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated United States Madison Brengle, 7–6(8–6), 7–6(7–3)

Boys' Doubles[edit]

United Kingdom Graeme Dyce / Finland Harri Heliövaara defeated Australia Stephen Donald / India Rupesh Roy, 6–2, 6–7(4–7), 6–3

Girls' Doubles[edit]

Russia Evgeniya Rodina / Russia Arina Rodionova defeated United States Julia Cohen / Poland Urszula Radwańska, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Wheelchair[edit]

Men's Wheelchair Singles[edit]

Japan Shingo Kunieda defeated France Michael Jeremiasz, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4

Women's Wheelchair Singles[edit]

Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated France Florence Gravellier, 6–1, 6–0

Men's Wheelchair Doubles[edit]

Netherlands Robin Ammerlaan / Japan Shingo Kunieda defeated Netherlands Maikel Scheffers/ Netherlands Ronald Vink, 6–2, 6–0

Women's Wheelchair Doubles[edit]

Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Netherlands Esther Vergeer defeated France Florence Gravellier/ Netherlands Korie Homan, 6–0, 3–6, [10–6]

Seeds[edit]

The seeded players are listed below with the round in which they exited.

Attendance[edit]

Day Day Session Night Session Total
1 41,254 14,288 55,542
2 33,024 15,574 48,598
3 31,109 16,677 47,786
4 38,622 17,580 56,202
5 32,253 17,557 49,810
6 35,555 14,932 50,487
7 35,957 14,801 50,758
8 28,998 15,178 44,176
9 19,616 15,091 34,707
10 18,674 14,971 33,645
11 16,826 14,957 31,783
12 17,868 17,868
13 15,833 15,833
14 17,663 17,663
Total 383,252 171,606 554,858

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Media coverage[edit]

Coverage of the 2007 Australian Open was as follows:

Controversies and scandals[edit]

  • Three men were arrested for taking up-skirt photos inside Melbourne Park.[8]
  • Police were summoned to investigate the sexual assault of a five-year-old boy in a toilet cubicle at the tournament.[8]
  • Maria Sharapova was fined $2000 for allegations of sideline-coaching from her father, Yuri Sharapov in her match against Anna Chakvetadze.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2006 U.S. Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2007 French Open