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The Australian Open, the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is held smack in the middle of the Australian summer, and is famous for extremely hot and humid days, throngs of crowds and some of the best competition tennis has to offer.
Facts and Links
Record attendance - Austrailian Open 2010 attracted a record crowd of 653,860 people through the gates, smashing the previous record set in 2008 by 50,000 fans.
Women's final 2010 - Just five points separated the two women when they shook hands at the net, Williams lifting the Daphne Akhurst Memorial for the fifth time in her career.
Men's final 2010 - Federer struck 46 winners and broke Murray's serve four times in claiming his 16th Grand Slam title.
Heat - Held in the middle of the Australian summer, the Australian Open is famous for extremely hot days. An extreme-heat policy is put into play when temperatures (and humidity) reach dangerous levels.
2010 Winners - The singles winners in 2010 were Roger Federer and Serena Williams. In men's doubles, the winners were Bob and Mike Bryan, and in women's doubles, the winners were Serena and Venus Williams - the second time in history that both doubles tit
Travel - Because of its geographic remoteness few foreign players entered this tournament at the beginning. In the 1920s, the trip by ship from Europe to Australia took about 45 days. The first tennis players who came by aircraft were the US Davis Cup pla
History - The Australian Open is managed by Tennis Australia, formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia (LTAA), and was first played at the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground in St Kilda Road, Melbourne in 1905. This facility is now known as Albert Res