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Jan172017

Watch Australian Open 2017 Online

Category: Tennis

The Grand Slam Episode 1

The first Grand Slam of the year has just begun. Tennis fans around the world have just started their journey through major tennis tournaments followed by French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

A Bit of History

Australian Open was first played in November 1905 in Melbourne. Initially known as the Australasian Championships, later renamed to Australian Championships in 1927 to finally become the Australian Open in 1969. The first championship matches were held in five Australian cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth) and two New Zealand cities (Christchurch and Hastings). In 1972, it was decided to move the tournament to Melbourne due to high profile of this city which ensured attracting the biggest number of players and viewers. The decision caused a 90 percent increase in attendance after the Australian Open started to be staged in the Melbourne Park complex in 1988.

Remote and Exotic

Due to its remote location and vast distances to be covered even inside Australia itself, not too many players attended the tournament in the early 20th century (in the 1920s, the boat trip from Europe to Australia took approximately 45 days!). It was only in 1983 when the Australian Open started to gain popularity mostly due to the fact that such tennis stars as Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander decided to take part.

Fluctuating Dates

Another reason for the lack of popularity were changing and inconvenient dates that the championships were held. Not everyone was ready to come thousands of miles around the Christmas and New Year time. Since 1987, the Australian Open date has not changed and is played in mid-January.

The structure and Prizes

Currently, the Australian Open features men's and women's singles; men's, women's and mixed doubles and junior's championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events. Since 1988, it has been played on hardcourt surfaces (before it was played on grass). The total prize money for the tournament amounts to 40 million Australian dollars with approximately $3,000,000 awarded to the winner in singles.

The Stars

Nowadays, the Australian Open Championships are attended by the top tennis players in the world and are considered as the major Grand Slam events. The number one and two tennis players in the ATP men’s singles rankings – Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are the stars of this year’s tournament with Novak Djokovic defending his last year’s title won with Murray.

The first two female tennis players in the WTA singles rankings – Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams will also try to show their best on Melbourne courts with Kerber defending her last year’s title.

Coverage

The event is broadcast by a number of networks including Fox Sports, Eurosport, beIN Sports, ESPN and the Tennis Channel. The official Australian Open site shows live coverage of the matches as well as multitude of various additional attractions such as interviews, comments, news, reports, etc. Schedules of the championship matches can be found here.

How to watch

The tournament can be followed live on a number channels:

 

Australian Open

 

 

Watch it on Australian Open official website

Fos Sports

 

 

Watch it on Fox Sports

 

Euro Sport

 

Watch it on Eurosport

BeIN Sports

 

 

Watch it on beIN Sports

ESPN

 

Watch it on ESPN

Tennis Channel

 

 

 

Watch it on Tennis Channel

 

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