Things I don't like about Australian Open...

R_Federer

Professional
Okay just to be clear I would rank the Australian Open as my second favorite (Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open, French Open) but there are some things I wish were changed for the Australian Open:

- What is up with the ball boys and girls wearing full sleeves when it is burning hot? Okay not this year but you get the point. I know someone will come and say well it's because they don't get sunburn or something. If thats the case though then why arent players wearing full sleeve? The ball boys and girls have just looked silly the last few years.

- Way too much advertising around the court. It's a Grand Slam event but the advertising makes it look cheap in my opinion. Definitely need to cut back on that. Kia and Lacoste are fine the rest should not be there.

- Finals being night matches. I personally like Rod Laver Arena for how the sun shines in during the day and how nice the color of the court looks when it is sunny. I understand they don't want the finals being played when it's boiling in the daytime but they could always have like a 3:00 PM start.

What do you guys think? Any improvements you'd like to see?
 

TheNatural

G.O.A.T.
I prefer day matches too but if it was a 3pm start they might play half the match with half the court in the sun and half in the shade.It looks better when they play at midday or at night. I guess since they don't want to risk extreme heat, the night time final makes the most sense.
 

niff

Legend
Lol have you not SEEN the hats the linesmen wear? Odd to complain about the sillyness of long sleeves over that :p I don't agree though, UV protection is very important. The players aren't going to restrict their own movement.
 
Okay just to be clear I would rank the Australian Open as my second favorite (Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open, French Open) but there are some things I wish were changed for the Australian Open:

- What is up with the ball boys and girls wearing full sleeves when it is burning hot? Okay not this year but you get the point. I know someone will come and say well it's because they don't get sunburn or something. If thats the case though then why arent players wearing full sleeve? The ball boys and girls have just looked silly the last few years.

- Way too much advertising around the court. It's a Grand Slam event but the advertising makes it look cheap in my opinion. Definitely need to cut back on that. Kia and Lacoste are fine the rest should not be there.

- Finals being night matches. I personally like Rod Laver Arena for how the sun shines in during the day and how nice the color of the court looks when it is sunny. I understand they don't want the finals being played when it's boiling in the daytime but they could always have like a 3:00 PM start.

What do you guys think? Any improvements you'd like to see?
 
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whomad15

Semi-Pro
the odd ball boy/girl outfits is a safety thing. Keeping the sun off of your skin and wearing a bright color actually can make you stay cooler.

isnt 3-5pm the hottest part of the day?
 

R_Federer

Professional
I prefer day matches too but if it was a 3pm start they might play half the match with half the court in the sun and half in the shade.It looks better when they play at midday or at night. I guess since they don't want to risk extreme heat, the night time final makes the most sense.
Yeah true but they could at the least have kept the women's final in the day which they only changed as of last year.

If they have the final at 3 PM it gives them 5 hours about I'm guessing until sunset so I think it would be fine.

Lol have you not SEEN the hats the linesmen wear? Odd to complain about the sillyness of long sleeves over that :p I don't agree though, UV protection is very important. The players aren't going to restrict their own movement.
lol yeah forgot about the hats as well.

Don't worry you (Djoko) will be out in a few hours :oops:.

the odd ball boy/girl outfits is a safety thing. Keeping the sun off of your skin and wearing a bright color actually can make you stay cooler.

isnt 3-5pm the hottest part of the day?
Yeah but the US Open does it at 4 PM. Though of course mostly not as hot there as in Melbourne.

I don't mind the bright colors, they're actually fine for me but I just find it odd if they players can survive without the long sleeves why cant the ball boy/girl.
 
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Rhino

Legend
If that's all you can come up with to not like then it says a lot about how great the event is.
 

R_Federer

Professional
If that's all you can come up with to not like then it says a lot about how great the event is.
Yeah you're right and it is great actually. That's why it has become my 2nd favourite. However, there could still be some improvements.

No one else bothered by the bulk of ads?
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
The Melbourne commercial is really annoying now... I don't ever want to see it again.

The coverage was a bit bad at times. I recall them cutting away from points and live matches to talk... I really didn't appreciate that.
 

westside

Hall of Fame
Yeah you're right and it is great actually. That's why it has become my 2nd favourite. However, there could still be some improvements.

No one else bothered by the bulk of ads?
Surprisingly no. Looks much better than when Ford was the major sponsor
 

galain

Hall of Fame
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I don't mind the bright colors, they're actually fine for me but I just find it odd if they players can survive without the long sleeves why cant the ball boy/girl.
If you've ever spent time living in Oz you know that skin cancers are a very real part of life for many of us. In Queensland for example, almost 50% of the population can expect to develop some sort of sun related skin lesion in their lifetime.

Over the past decade or so, the sun protection message has been hammered into everyone. The style of long sleeve shirts you see are often worn as school uniforms by the kids these days (complete with camel rider hats).

The short answer to your question is these kids won't get to travel to Europe in a week and play the indoor circuit. They'll go back to school after the holidays have finished and still be in the sun. Any protection from long term exposure is a step toward minimising the risk of later skin lesion development.

The players get to come and have a few weeks of sun. For the kids, they're just standing outside most of the day, and will continue to have to live with the high uv radiation long after the players have gone.

On a side note - now that I live here in Europe, it's hysterical to see Aussie kids over here going swimming. They're usually the only ones in the water with a full body rashguard or sunsuit on, zinc cream all over themselves and parents sitting under an umbrella. And there is invariably a crowd of Europeans standing around with "WTF?" looks on their faces!
 

MrFlip

Semi-Pro
I hate how the Earth tilts during the summer. Just bad luck Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere
 

Carolina Racquet

Professional
The Melbourne commercial is really annoying now... I don't ever want to see it again.

The coverage was a bit bad at times. I recall them cutting away from points and live matches to talk... I really didn't appreciate that.
"I wanna know.... I wanna know where you are...." Darned thing is stuck in my brain!

On another note, I don't understand WHY they would outfit the linesmen and ballboys in YELLOW! If I were czar, I would outfit them in colors that would help them blend into the backdrop, like some kind of blue.
 
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