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