The Australian Open tennis tournament is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments.It is held annually in Melbourne, Australia. It is chronologically the first of the world's four major tournaments which together constitute the Grand Slam.
Traditionally, accomplishing a slam is to win all four majors in a calendar year; recently tennis fans have adopted the shorthand of referring to each of the four parts of the Slamas a slam in itself.
From Hugh Westbrook in Melbourne: Melbourne Park hosts the first Grand Slam of 2001, and the growth of the venue has coincided with the increased prestige of the tournament.
A Multi-functional Arena: The 10,800-capacity Vodafone Arena is open for business, and with the existing Rod Laver Arena means the tournament will now utilise two show courts with retractable roofs.
Hail a Water Taxi: The circular Garden Square will be a focal point during the tournament, people will congregate to watch the action on a giant screen, while others can view bronze sculptures of the members of Australia's Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Australian Open, the first of the world's four Grand Slam tennis tournaments during the year, opened at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2009.
The Australian Open reached its climax on February 1 with the men's singles championship match. The women's singles final was held on January 31.
Rafael Nadal (Spain) won the men's singles title and Serena Williams (US) took out the women's singles title.
Notable absence from the 2009 Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne was defending champion Maria Sharapova (Russia) who last year defeated Ana Ivanovic (Serbia), 7-5, 6-3.
Ivanovic was seeded fifth at the 2009 Australian Open.
Top seed in the Open's women's singles tennis was Jelena Jankovic of Serbia while the men's singles top seed was Rafael Nadal of Spain.
For a while there was the fascinating prospect that the 2009 Australian Open could yet see a repeat of the 2008 Wimbledon final where the United States' Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, were pitted against each other in the final.
Unfortunately, in the Australian Open, Venus Williams was eliminated from the tournament when she lost to unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) in a three-setter. 6-2, 3-6, 5-7.
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