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BULLZ1LLA2.0
03-08-2012, 08:16 AM
Will the Australian Open ever shake the 'least important slam' tag?
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Seems impossible for it to be viewed in the same way as the other 3. Wimbledon and Roland Garros feel especially prestigious and statuesque. US Open feels more 'plastic' but still has enough history to completely overwhelm the Australian Open. I guess its simply impossible for the Australian Open to make up for lost time (for the many years it was not a slam). It wasn't long ago that players preferred to celebrate Christmas and ease into the year by either skipping the Australian Open or refusing to prepare for it and just 'show up'. At least the Australian Open has excellent facilities. Did not help its cause though by changing surfaces.

Clarky21
03-08-2012, 08:31 AM
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Evan77
03-08-2012, 08:31 AM
I love the AO. the crowd is so passionate. it's my favorite tournament.

Mainad
03-08-2012, 08:39 AM
Why is it the least important or did it only become that way once Djokovic started winning it? :twisted:

BULLZ1LLA2.0
03-08-2012, 08:41 AM
Why is it the least important or did it only become that way once Djokovic started winning it? :twisted:

Agassi didn't even play it until 1995....

tennis_pro
03-08-2012, 08:52 AM
Agassi didn't even play it until 1995....

maybe now it's becoming more important as Nadal started to reach more finals

Laurie
03-08-2012, 09:12 AM
It's a nice tournament but I just don't like the surface. It's slow and there is nothing unique about plexicushion.

bluescreen
03-08-2012, 09:24 AM
It's a nice tournament but I just don't like the surface. It's slow and there is nothing unique about plexicushion.

I agree. I think it has long shaken teh "least important slam" tag, but it has no individuality surface-wise. At this point, I'd prefer the AO be dropped from slam status and replaced with a slam in Asia on indoor carpet.

Limpinhitter
03-08-2012, 09:48 AM
That blue on blue on blue on blue color scheme is creepy!

Towser83
03-08-2012, 09:51 AM
Agassi didn't even play it until 1995....

So do you agree the olympics is virtually meaningless since no-one between 1924 and 1988 played it?

syc23
03-08-2012, 10:12 AM
AO is just as meaningful and important as the other slams with Wimby probably the most prestigious.

elpolaco84
03-08-2012, 11:17 AM
maybe least important for some people, but it still worth the same as the other majors. iF you win it is 1 major to your record book and 2000 atp points for one year, just like wining the other ones

laughingbuddha
03-08-2012, 11:20 AM
It is obviously just as important but it is the least prestigious.

GS
03-08-2012, 11:36 AM
The Aussie Open is great, but they should shake things up and replace their courts with artificial grass. But, that'll never happen....

Nathaniel_Near
03-08-2012, 11:43 AM
As far as I'm concerned, all the 4 Slam events are more or less equally important.

Tony48
03-08-2012, 11:46 AM
Considering the fact that no one skips this slam and that there is just as much fanfare leading up to this slam as there is compared to the other three.....

woodrow1029
03-08-2012, 11:47 AM
Until there are less points attached to winning Australian Open compared to other Slams, it is not less important.

batz
03-08-2012, 12:05 PM
Until there are less points attached to winning Australian Open compared to other Slams, it is not less important.

+1 this

All slams are important. It might be argued that some might be more prestigious but all are equally important.

celoft
03-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Nah.

The other slams have more history and tradition.

Homeboy Hotel
03-08-2012, 12:15 PM
Australian Open is the happy slam.

kaku
03-08-2012, 12:29 PM
All slams are the most important, until somebody says "it was nice to win the AO, but I would rather win the FO/W/USO" then it's status remains alongside the other 3.

SLD76
03-08-2012, 12:30 PM
So do you agree the olympics is virtually meaningless since no-one between 1924 and 1988 played it?

buuuuuuuuurn.

Feņa14
03-08-2012, 03:23 PM
I love the Australian Open, it's second only to Wimbledon for me.

cc0509
03-08-2012, 03:33 PM
Agassi didn't even play it until 1995....

Who cares, that was in the past. It is no longer considered the least important slam plus it offers the highest prize money I believe. For $2.3 million for the winner you can call it whatever you want, I am sure the winner and players in general won't mind! :)

cc0509
03-08-2012, 03:34 PM
+1 this

All slams are important. It might be argued that some might be more prestigious but all are equally important.

THIS.............

jman
03-08-2012, 04:13 PM
I agree. I think it has long shaken teh "least important slam" tag, but it has no individuality surface-wise. At this point, I'd prefer the AO be dropped from slam status and replaced with a slam in Asia on indoor carpet.

The Australian Open is the Slam for Australasia. I personally don't think there should be a slam in Asia. Australia, France, Britain and the U.S are the founding four fathers with their rich history and historic players that came from these countries.

I like the colour of the surface, but HATE how slow it is. The speed needs tweaking to medium or medium fast.

MonfilsMadness
03-08-2012, 11:49 PM
I don't think any of the players who've won AOs have too many issues regarding its relative importance in the firmament of majors.
Having said that, I too wish it was faster - much too slow.

BeHappy
03-08-2012, 11:53 PM
The Australian Open is only important to tennis fans. The general public know about 1 hit wonder Wimbledon winners like Krajiceck, no one has really heard of Tomas Johannson.

celoft
03-09-2012, 04:10 AM
The Australian Open is only important to tennis fans. The general public know about 1 hit wonder Wimbledon winners like Krajiceck, no one has really heard of Tomas Johannson.

This...........................

monfed
03-09-2012, 04:18 AM
MC= most important tourny in the world. No wait I think it's a tie b/w MC and Barcelona. :)

SLD76
03-09-2012, 04:29 AM
The Australian Open is the Slam for Australasia. I personally don't think there should be a slam in Asia. Australia, France, Britain and the U.S are the founding four fathers with their rich history and historic players that came from these countries.

I like the colour of the surface, but HATE how slow it is. The speed needs tweaking to medium or medium fast.

/thread.

10shutdoors

Lionheart392
03-09-2012, 04:31 AM
+1 this

All slams are important. It might be argued that some might be more prestigious but all are equally important.

I think that sums it up.

Rhino
03-09-2012, 01:08 PM
It's basically Wimbledon, and then the other three together. Americans and French probably don't see it that way though.

tacou
03-09-2012, 01:20 PM
it already is..in 10-15 years people won't focus on top players being absent for a couple decades and it'll be more "prestigious," but it already brings in the top players every year now, so it's equal to the other 3