Australian Open

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Two players on an outdoor court

The Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It is the first one of the year. It is played in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Open has been played on three different surfaces:

Before 1983, many of the best tennis players did not play at the tournament. This was because the Australian Open was far away from Europe and North America and was not considered as important as the other Grand Slam tournaments.

Heat policy[change | change source]

The tournament is played in January, during the Australian summer. In 1998 an extreme heat rule was brought in.[1] It is the only major tournament that has a heat policy.[2] If the temperature gets higher than 35 degrees (C) matches may have to be stopped for a short time, because players feel dehydrated. Matches on the outside courts are stopped. The roof over the main stadium courts can be closed, and cooling systems turned on.[2] In 2007 the temperature on the courts reached 50 degrees Celsius.[1]

Winners[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Extreme heat policy likely at Australian Open - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". abc.net.au. Jan 28, 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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  7. "Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  8. "Victoria Azarenka routs Sharapova". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
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  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Australian Open 2011 - Official Site presented by IBM - Serena Williams". australianopen.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
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  15. "Australian Open 2011 - Official Site presented by IBM - Maria Sharapova". australianopen.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  16. "Australian Open 2011 - Official Site presented by IBM - Amelie Mauresmo". australianopen.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  17. "Australian Open 2011 - Official Site presented by IBM - Marat Safin". australianopen.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  18. "Australian Open 2011 - Official Site presented by IBM - Justine Henin". australianopen.com. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.

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