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Australian Open

The Australian Open tennis tournament, held annually in the last fortnight of January, is the first of the world's four Grand Slam tournaments.

The tournament has been held for 100 years since 1905. Originally based at the grass courts at Kooyong in the city of Melbourne's inner south-east, the tournament was in danger of fading into irrelevance, but was revived in the 1980s with a shift to Melbourne Park, a new hardcourt venue next to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the southern fringe of the central business district.

Like all the Grand Slam tournaments, there are men's and women's singles competitions, men's, women's, and mixed doubles, as well as junior and master's competitions.

Two tournaments were held in 1977; the first in January, the second in December. The tournament moved back to January in 1987, so no championship was decided in 1986.

 


Awards

Names of the winners are inscribed on the perpetual trophy Cups.

  • The Women's Singles winner is presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

  • The Men's Singles winner is presented with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.

Records

Men's record holders for most wins since 1925:

Ladies' record holders for most wins since 1925:

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