Keeping Up With The Most Exciting Event
From Quaker Dictionary
The only Kauto Star King George VI Chase odds that is held in the southern hemisphere, the Australian Open is the official curtain raiser of the tennis season. The ‘Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific’ is held every year in Melbourne for a fortnight during the Australian summer and pits the top tennis stars from every corner of the globe against each other amidst the brutal Australian heat. The surface of the tournament has slowly evolved over the passage of time with the inaugural Australian Open being contested in grass and the organizers deciding to embrace hard courts in 1988.
The Australian Open boasts of the highest attendance ever recorded for any Grand Slam event on a single day when a staggering mass of 77,043 flocked over to Melbourne Park in the previous edition. The Rod Laver Arena is the main venue and can seat a maximum of 14,820 spectators. The total prize money for the tournament is a whooping AUD $26,000,000 with the men’s and women’s singles champions taking home AUD $2,300,000 each.
This high profile tennis tournament hosts singles and doubles events for both men and women. There are also mixed doubles, junior’s, wheelchair and legend’s competitions. Australia’s Roy Emerson is the most celebrated player in the history of the Australian Open with 6 singles crown to his credit. However all his titles came before the tournament opened to professionals in 1969. Since then, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer hold the record for the most singles titles with each winning the ‘Oz Open’ four times.
The Australian Open is always very significant for every player as it sets the pace for the remainder of the season. The Open also has the reputation of throwing a string of nail-biting epics and big-name upsets every year. The reigning men’s singles champion is the Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic who will start the tournament as the hot favorite to win it after his stunning run in 2011 saw him capture 3 Grand Slams. It will be the job of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to stop the Serbian juggernaut. The women’s draw looks more open with defending champion Kim Clijsters, home girl Samantha Stosur, the world number one Caroline Wozniacki and the Williams sisters all posting valid claims for the women's singles title. You can catch the King George VI Chase replay of all these glittering stars in the tennis world fighting it out for the coveted Australian Open crown. Don't miss this summer treat at any cost!