Originally Posted by hoodjem
By what year do you treat the Australian Open as a fully fledged, major slam tournament, that is equal to Wimbledon or the US Open or the French Open.
Sgt. John's Feb 2009 list suggests that it did not have this status until 1990.
(Indeed, he does award the FO this same status until 1978.)
I just wrote a post that while I understand why St. John did it and he is to be admired for it, I disagree with it because it's very hard to put a lesser number on a major. There's a lot of problems doing this.