Tennis in Australia

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Tennis in Australia refers to the sport of tennis played in Australia. Tennis in Australia has been administered by Tennis Australia (formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA)) since 1904.

Australia hosts the first of the four Grand Slam events of the year, the Australian Open. The Australian Open is managed by Tennis Australia and was first played in Melbourne in 1905. The tournament was first known as the Australasian Championships and then became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969.[1]

History[edit]

In the 1950s, Australia became a tennis power, and Australian men won the Davis Cup 15 times from 1950 to 1967, led by outstanding players such as Frank Sedgman, Ken Rosewall, Lew Hoad, Roy Emerson, and Ashley Cooper.[2]

Rod Laver has twice achieved the Grand Slam in men's singles, in 1963 and 1969, the only tennis player to have accomplished this feat. Fellow Australian tennis player Margaret Smith Court also achieved the Grand Slam in women's singles in 1969, Smith Court also holds the record for the greatest number of women's singles Grand Slams won and is one of only three players ever to have won a career Grand Slam "boxed set".

Major tournaments and current champions[edit]

Pre- Australian Open[edit]

Tournament Category Current Champion Current Runner-up Score
Hopman Cup Team Event France France (Gasquet & Mladenovic) United States USA (Sock & Vandeweghe) 2–1
Brisbane International Male (ATP250) Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Japan Kei Nishikori 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
Female (WTA Premier) Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková France Alize Cornet 6–0, 6–3
Hobart International Female (WTA International) France Alize Cornet Canada Eugenie Bouchard 6–1, 6–2
Sydney International Male (ATP250) Serbia Victor Troicki Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7)
Female (WTA Premier) Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova Puerto Rico Monica Puig 6–0, 6–2

Australian Open[edit]

Main article: Australian Open
Main article: 2016 Australian Open

The Australian Open is one of four (along with the French Open, Wimbledon Championships and US Open) Grand Slam tennis tournaments played annually in Melbourne, Victoria in the last two weeks of January. The Australian open is the biggest and most well known tennis event in Australia and is known for its large crowds. 2016 saw the Australian open have a record crowd of 720, 899.

The tournament is played across a number of hard courts including the three main courts; Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena.

Event Champion Runner-up Score
2016 Men's Singles Serbia Novak Djokovic United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6(7–3)
2016 Women's Singles Germany Angelique Kerber United States Serena Williams 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
2016 Men's Doubles United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
Canada Daniel Nestor
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
2–6, 6–4, 7–5
2016 Women's Doubles Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
7–6(7–1), 6–3
2016 Mixed Doubles Russia Elena Vesnina
Brazil Bruno Soares
United States Coco Vandeweghe
Romania Horia Tecău
6–4, 4–6, [10–5]

Davis Cup[edit]

See: Australian Davis Cup Team

Titles - 28 (1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1939, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1973, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1999, 2003).

Runners-up - 19 (1912, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1936, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1990, 1993, 2000, 2001).

Fed Cup[edit]

See: Australia Fed Cup team

Titles - 7 (1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974)

Runners-up - 10 (1963, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1993)

Singles Grand Slam Performance Timeline (since 2000), Male[edit]

Singles performance timeline for Australian, Male tennis players[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open 4R SF 2R 4R 4R F 3R 3R 4R 2R 4R 3R 4R 2R 2R QF 4R 0 / 16
French Open 4R QF 4R 3R QF 2R 4R 4R 3R 3R 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 14
Wimbledon F F W F QF SF QF 4R 4R QF 4R QF 1R 4R QF 4R 4R 1 / 17
US Open SF W SF QF F SF QF 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 3R 4R 3R 3R 3R 1 / 15
Year-end championship
ATP World Tour Finals RR W W DNQ F A Did not qualify 2 / 4

Current Top 100 ranked players[edit]

Male[edit]

Female[edit]

Male Doubles[edit]

Female Doubles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tristan Foenander. "History of the Australian Open – the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific". Australian Open. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 
  2. ^ http://library.thinkquest.org/10615/no-frames/tennis/history.html

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