Will the Australian Open ever shake the 'least important slam' tag?

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  1. BULLZ1LLA2.0

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    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.
     
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  3. Evan77

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    I love the AO. the crowd is so passionate. it's my favorite tournament.
     
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  4. Mainad

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    Why is it the least important or did it only become that way once Djokovic started winning it? :twisted:
     
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  5. BULLZ1LLA2.0

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    Agassi didn't even play it until 1995....
     
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    maybe now it's becoming more important as Nadal started to reach more finals
     
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  7. Laurie

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    It's a nice tournament but I just don't like the surface. It's slow and there is nothing unique about plexicushion.
     
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    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.
     
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  9. Limpinhitter

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    That blue on blue on blue on blue color scheme is creepy!
     
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  10. Towser83

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    So do you agree the olympics is virtually meaningless since no-one between 1924 and 1988 played it?
     
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  11. syc23

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    AO is just as meaningful and important as the other slams with Wimby probably the most prestigious.
     
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  12. elpolaco84

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    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
     
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  13. laughingbuddha

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    It is obviously just as important but it is the least prestigious.
     
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  14. GS

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    The Aussie Open is great, but they should shake things up and replace their courts with artificial grass. But, that'll never happen....
     
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    As far as I'm concerned, all the 4 Slam events are more or less equally important.
     
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  16. Tony48

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    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.....
     
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  17. woodrow1029

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    Until there are less points attached to winning Australian Open compared to other Slams, it is not less important.
     
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  18. batz

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    +1 this

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

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    Nah.

    The other slams have more history and tradition.
     
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  20. Homeboy Hotel

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    Australian Open is the happy slam.
     
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    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.
     
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    buuuuuuuuurn.
     
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  23. Feña14

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    I love the Australian Open, it's second only to Wimbledon for me.
     
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    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! :)
     
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    THIS.............
     
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  26. jman

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    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.
     
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  27. MonfilsMadness

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    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.
     
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  28. BeHappy

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    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.
     
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  29. celoft

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    This...........................
     
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  30. monfed

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    MC= most important tourny in the world. No wait I think it's a tie b/w MC and Barcelona. :)
     
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  32. Lionheart392

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    I think that sums it up.
     
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  33. Rhino

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    It's basically Wimbledon, and then the other three together. Americans and French probably don't see it that way though.
     
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  34. tacou

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    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
     
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