Which grand slam is the biggest after wimbledon

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Which is the biggest slam after Wimbledon?

Poll closed Jan 27, 2010.
  1. French Open

    44.7%
  2. US Open

    54.7%
  3. Australian Open

    8.0%
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  1. srinrajesh

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    I say the French open is the biggest after wimbledon currently because 2 of the 4 are now played on HC and FO is the only one on clay...
    Please try and vote objectively so that you do not blindly vote for the slam in your country .. :)
    thanks guys
     
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  2. wilkinru

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    us open is the biggest slam anyway.
     
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  3. Bjorkman & Johnny Mac

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    Australian Open was never important for many years. French Open or USO is tough to say.
     
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  4. To Me- Us Open, then the French, and last the AO
    Officially? Probably the same?
     
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  5. Anaconda

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    US open is as big as wimbledon. The other slams just fail......
     
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  6. You cant say they fail, they all have a great rich history and their own fans.
    Are you possibly American ?:)
     
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  7. Anaconda

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    No


    10 char
     
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  8. aphex

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    for europeans, it's definitely RG.
     
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  9. Badger

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    I'd go with the French. But I'm not sure... That might only be because it's more traditional and it annoys me ho comercialised the U.S. is.
     
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  10. Vyse

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    US or French Open. Just depends if you like clay or not. For many ppl i Spain and such, they would prolly go with French
     
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  11. Wimbledon is above RG in my book :)
     
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  12. Well you cant look at it that way since the Americans probably think that their USO is the biggest. You have to look at history,traditions etc ...
     
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  13. Lionheart392

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    I feel the same.
     
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  14. Mick

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    the one that pays the most money ???
     
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  15. Cyan

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    ROTFL..............
     
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  16. zagor

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    Probably USO is most prestigious after Wimbledon,that would be my guess.
     
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  17. P_Agony

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    I say USO, but I'm biased because it's also my favorite one.
     
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  18. big bang

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    FO is the biggest of all..
     
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  19. Feña14

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    Wimbledon
    French Open
    US Open
    Australian Open

    Although the Australian Open is probably my second favourite to watch, it's a new season and it's exciting. The US Open is my least favourite personally.
     
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  20. BallzofSkill

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    i think the french open gets a boost from nadal's incredible play the last several years, but the french open isn't as prestigious as the us.open imho.
     
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  21. kOaMaster

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    I think because of the french taking place just so close before wimbledon it's the french. focus is really on tennis during those months.
     
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  22. KrossKourt

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    US OPEN. There's no bigger stage for tennis players than the city of New York.
     
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    For me it's the French.
     
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  24. maddogz32

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    between USO and FO, i went with USO because i watch more of it
     
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  25. sh@de

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    USO. 10 chars.
     
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  26. veroniquem

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    Who says Wimbledon is the biggest?
     
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  27. McBrat

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    I'd go with USO. It has a richer history. More people who've won multiple slams there have been regarded as the best of their generations and also gone on to win other slams. I think it'd mean a lot to players to have their name up there with theirs as winners.

    Also, it's the biggest tournament in the hard court season which takes up most of the event calendar and is gaining popularity internationally. I especially like the contrast with Wimbledon in terms of surfaces (oldest vs. newest), crowds, commercialisation, etc.

    French Open is pretty great, too. It's on par in this era because Nadal (and to some extent, Federer) has been so successful there. But it may lose popularity if the next generation doesn't produce a clay court champion who wins other slams as well. IMO, at least...
     
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  28. sh@de

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    Everyone except you *******s who insist it's RG because Nadal's won there more than Fed has. Am I right?
     
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  29. veroniquem

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    No you're not (but don't let that bother you!) At the moment I believe they enjoy equal coverage and equal prestige. It's true that it hasn't always been the case but right now it is.
     
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  30. Darth_Timmaayyy!!

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    Oh yeah, the US Open, where people talk through points, or the sound is drowned out by landing and taking off airplanes..

    Sorry. Having a big stadium doesn't make you the biggest or the best...
     
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  31. namelessone

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    AO shouldn't even be counted though I love the atmosphere there in the modern era,so only USO and RG are in the mix. The USO is older than RG but not by much but there is no definitive answer here. It depends on where you live,honestly. A lot of Europeans,being brought up on clay,will definitely point to the RG as being second best,some even putting it in first place. And let's face it,the RG-WB period is the best time in tennis IMO,because it's in the middle of the season and everyone is usually at their best there.

    Now if you are American USO will definitely be the second best for you and RG/AO don't matter much,especially RG considering that Americans don't have a fondness for clay and their relationship with the French isn't what you would call amiable. As I heard one American say,boasting that USO was the best,"RG is just another dirt court in Paris".

    For me RG is the second best without a doubt and while I like the USO,it's blatant commercialism(even in this age where all slams do this because of the sponsors) makes me like it less. Which is funny considering that USO is the second oldest slam,but it doesn't feel like it at all. I think that they should do more to capture the old USO feeling there. The AO has a friendly atmosphere,RG and WB are steeped in tradition(you can feel it in the air) and the USO is like the party/commercial slam.
     
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  32. dropshot winner

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    Wimbledon and US Open are clearly above the rest, this poll only proves that many here have no idea of the historic significance of the slams.
     
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  33. namelessone

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    Wimbledon got started in the late 1870's,USO in 1881,RG in 1891 and AO in 1905. All of them are old and while I value tradition,somehow I don't think that age is really a indicator. Personally I have WB first place,RG and USO second with a slight edge to RG because I really like clay,and AO last. And mind you AO could have had a greater tradition if Australia wasn't so far away and if the event wasn't held traditionally towards the end of the year.

    Coincidence or not,the RG and USO are almost equal in preference on this board,which is how they are usually perceived,RG by Europeans,USO by Americans.
     
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  34. dropshot winner

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    It's not about (the lack of) tradition, for years Roland Garros was the slam were some clay courters were winning who did not not much for the rest of the year, most of the elite players lost early and the rest outgrinded themselves.

    Borg and other greats couldn't change that. Nadal and Federer have given a lot of prestige to Roland Garros, but winning a RG title is still not the same as winning Wimbledon or the US Open.
     
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  35. sh@de

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    Doesn't bother me :p. I think Wimby is bigger than RG by quite a bit at where I am though, so maybe it's just got to do with the fact that we live in different places ;)
     
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  36. kOaMaster

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    how do you know? already won one?

    the thing is - the FO has this something "special", the crowd, the ridiculuos prices, this "lobby" and the fact that tennis at roland garros is obivously pretty different from the other three.
    (while wimbledon turned more and more to look like the uso)
    one might say it is enough to count as 2nd biggest, others still say no. doesn't really matter anyway, I think each player has his own preferences. the poll would probably end the same if you ask the top100 players ;)
     
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  37. Darth_Timmaayyy!!

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    Eh, why shouldn't it?

    I think the US Open is crap, but I don't begrudge anyone else for liking it, or say that it shouldn't be considered...

    To say that only the US Open, Wimbledon, and the French are the only ones that have tradition is also a stupid comment.. Why?
     
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  38. Darth_Timmaayyy!!

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    Oh yeah. The US Open is so prestigious, that the 2009 Winner wasn't even allowed to make a proper acceptance speech because some old guy thought that going back to regular scheduled programming was more important..

    Yeah, real classy..
     
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  39. helloworld

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    If you ask the players, most of them will say US Open. I have no clue why newbies here think Roland Garros is bigger than US Open... :confused::confused::confused:
     
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  40. dropshot winner

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    Unlike the French Open where the crowd doesn't appreciate a humbe 4-time champion...

    Seriously, those things have nothing to do with the prestige of the event.
     
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  41. dropshot winner

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    No it wouldn't, the players know such things much better than casual fans that vote for their favorite player in every favorable poll.

    Some clay courters or frenchies might like Roland Garros as an event better, but they have no illusions when it comes to the prestige. The US Open just has more of it, that's how it's been for decades.
     
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  42. namelessone

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    Hey I said that I loved the atmosphere in AO,I have absolutely nothing against it. I don't think it has "less tradition" age-wise but it is a fact that it was shunned many times by the important players of the day because it was very far away and at times appeared towards the end of the calendar and many important players prefered to extend their holiday then go play there.
    It's pretty hard to build up a reputation when most of the top players of the day don't come to your tournament.

    Obviously this has changed today.
     
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  43. DRII

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    History?

    The only slam older than the US Open is Wimbledon. Lets not use this thread to bash America! Thanks

    To even assume that Wimbledon is necessarily 'bigger' or more important than the USO is in itself presumptuous!

    And if you want to get personal: The slam that the most players have shunned in recent history is Wimbledon or perhaps the French Open. Clay courters like Kuerten skipping grass all together or perhaps some serve and volley specialist not going to the French.

    No one would skip the USO, unless injured!
     
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  44. srinrajesh

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    I too agree that the US open was generally considered the second most important but the situation may be changing now because the FO seems to be the last slam remaining to be won for most players --Sampras, Becker, Edberg, McEnroe, Federer (before 2009)

    Also because of its unique surface now like wimbledon, it may have gained more stature...

    The other reason is of course the emergence of Rafa who completed the FO, Wimbledon double after 28 years..
     
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  45. Baikalic

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    It doesn't matter to me which one is biggest. Just like the imaginary status of "GOAT," the title of "biggest/most important" slam is vaporous, and determines very little for me in terms of interest as a spectator; I simply like to watch good tennis, and I like to see how players deal with the different challenges that different surfaces and atmospheres bring to the match.
     
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  46. GasquetGOAT

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    The common consent has always been, in order of importance:

    Wimbledon
    US Open
    French Open
    Australian Open


    and Cincinnati AKA the 5th slam!
     
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  47. Lol...uhrm...what??
    Are you kidding me?
    I responded to another poster, im not bashing anyone.
    My 2 personal favourites are Wimby and USO.
     
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  48. siowmotion

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    Why is Cincinnati important?

    o.o
     
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  49. GasquetGOAT

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    Cincinnati IS the 5th slam, which Roger has won this year.
     
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  50. pame

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    That comes from some idiot's post decclaring that Cincinnati was a slam which Nadal would win.
     
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