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Pittsburgh tennis league scores

Current league leaders as of Monday, June 6th, 2013

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Women’s Singles A

Quirine Okonkwo

Women’s Singles B

Women’s Doubles A

Ester Hoogstaden and Quirine Okonkwo

Mixed Doubles A
Dana Squelch and Dom Costa

Men’s Singles A

Juan Lleeras and Andrew Stein

Men’s Singles B

Carl Ciccarelli and Jerry Vanaski

Men’s Singles C
Jason Porto

Men’s Doubles A
Art DeMateo and Greg Hung

Men’s Doubles B
Ross Grana and Jim Quigley

Men’s 55+ Singles
Steve Hanchuk

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Australian Open

Australian Open
Official website
Location Melbourne
Venue Melbourne Park
Surface Grass (1905–87)
Rebound Ace (1988–2007)
Plexicushion (2008–present)
Men’s draw 128S / 128Q / 64D
Women’s draw 128S / 96Q / 64D
Prize money A$26,000,000 (2012)[1]
Grand Slam
2013 Australian Open

The Australian Open is a major tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. It 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 the tournament has been played on hard courts at Melbourne Park.

The Australian Open typically has very high attendance, second only to the US Open. It was also the first Grand Slam tournament to feature indoor play during wet weather or extreme heat with its two primary courts, Hisense Arena, equipped with retractable roofs.



Inside Rod Laver Arena prior to an evening session

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 Melbourne in 1905. This facility is now known as the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre.[2]

The tournament was first known as the Australasian Championships and then became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969.[4]

Melbourne Park (formerly Flinders Park) was constructed for the 1988 tournament to meet the demands of a tournament that had outgrown Kooyong’s capacity. The move to Melbourne Park was an immediate success, with a 90 percent increase in attendance in 1988 (266,436) on the previous year at Kooyong (140,000).[5]

Because of Australia’s geographic remoteness very 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 [6]

Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open with the old Rebound Ace surface. Rod Laver Arena, the centre court, in the background

The first tournaments of the Australasian Championships suffered from the competition of the other Australasian tournaments. Before 1905, all Australian States and New Zealand had their own championships, the first organised in 1880 in Melbourne and called the Championship of the Colony of Victoria (later the Championship of Victoria).[7] In those years, the best two players – Australian Norman Brookes (whose name is now written on the men’s singles cup) and New Zealander Anthony Wilding – almost did not play this tournament. Brookes came once and won in 1911, and Wilding entered and won the competition twice (1906 and 1909). Their meetings in the Victorian Championships (or at Wimbledon) helped to determine the best Australasian players. Even when the Australasian Championships were held in Hastings, New Zealand, in 1912, Wilding, though three times Wimbledon champion, did not come back to his home country. It was a recurring problem for all players of the era. Brookes went to Europe only three times, where he reached the Wimbledon Challenge Round once and then won Wimbledon twice. Thus, many players had never played the Austral(as)ian amateur or open championships: the Doherty brothers, William Larned, Maurice McLoughlin, Beals Wright, Bill Johnston, Bill Tilden, René Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer, Ted Schroeder, Pancho Gonzales, Budge Patty, Manuel Santana, Jan Kodeš and others, while Brookes, Ellsworth Vines, Jaroslav Drobný, Manuel Orantes, Ilie Năstase at 35 years old, and Björn Borg came just once.

Beginning in 1969, when the first Australian Open was held on the [9]

In 1983, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, and Mats Wilander entered the tournament. Wilander won the singles title[10] and both his Davis Cup singles rubbers in the Swedish loss to Australia at Kooyong shortly after.[11] Following the 1983 Australian Open, the International Tennis Federation prompted the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia to change the site of the tournament, because the Kooyong stadium was then inappropriate to serve such a big event, and in 1988 the tournament was first held at Flinders Park (later renamed Melbourne Park) on Rebound Ace.[12] The change of the venue also lead to a change of the court surface from grass to a hard court surface known as Rebound Ace. Mats Wilander was the only player to win the tournament on both grass and hard courts. In 2008, after being used for 20 years, the Rebound Ace was replaced by a cushioned, medium-paced,[13] acrylic surface known as Plexicushion Prestige. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are the only players to win the Australian Open on both Rebound Ace and Plexicushion Prestige. The main benefits of the new surface are better consistency and less retention of heat because of a thinner top layer. This change was accompanied by changes in the surfaces of all lead-up tournaments to the Australian Open. The change was controversial because of the new surface’s similarity to DecoTurf, the surface used by the US Open.[14]

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park, Melbourne – the main location of play

Before the Melbourne Park stadium era, tournament dates fluctuated as well, in particular in the early years because of the climate of each site or exceptional events. For example, the 1919 tournament was held in January 1920 (the 1920 tournament was played in March) and the 1923 tournament in Brisbane took place in August when the weather was not too hot and wet. After a first 1977 tournament was held in December 1976 – January 1977, the organisers chose to move the next tournament forward a few days, then a second 1977 tournament was played (ended on 31 December), but this failed to attract the best players. From 1982 to 1985, the tournament was played in mid-December. Then it was decided to move the next tournament to mid-January (January 1987), which meant there was no tournament in 1986. Since 1987, the Australian Open date has not changed. However, some top players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have said that the tournament is held too soon after the Christmas and New Year holidays, thus preventing players from reaching their best form, and expressed a desire to shift it to February.[15] Such a change, however, would move the tournament outside the summer school holiday period, potentially impacting attendance figures.

Another change of venue was proposed in 2008, with New South Wales authorities making clear their desire to bid for hosting rights to the tournament once Melbourne’s contract expires in 2016. In response, Wayne Kayler-Thomson, the head of the Victorian Events Industry Council, was adamant that Melbourne should retain the event, and, in a scathing attack of the New South Wales authorities, said, “It is disappointing that NSW cannot be original and seek their own events instead of trying to cannibalise other Australian cities.” Since the proposal was made, a major redevelopment of Melbourne Park has been announced, which is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Melbourne Park will include upgraded and increased seating in major venues, a roof over Margaret Court Arena, improved player facilities, a new headquarters for Tennis Australia, and a partly covered “town square” area featuring large televisions showing current tennis play.[17]

[edit] Television coverage

In 2010, both live and taped coverage were televised in the United States on ESPN (specifically ESPN 2) and Tennis Channel. The championship match was seen on ESPN2. In Australia, Seven Network covers the complete tournament. Throughout the rest of the world, the tournament can be seen on Eurosport. The BBC provides limited television coverage of certain matches in the United Kingdom. The Australian Open is the least televised Grand Slam event because of time zone differences between Australia and the large population centres of Europe and North America. The Australian Open Final for men is traditionally one of the most watched sports events in Australia.[18]

[edit] Recent attendances

Panorama of Margaret Court Arena during the 2008 Australian Open

[edit] Prize money and trophies

The prize money awarded in the men’s and women’s singles tournaments is distributed equally. In 2012 the prize money was distributed as follows:[27]

Event W F SF QF 4R 3R 2R 1R Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles Prize money $2,300,000 $1,150,000 $437,000 $218,500 $109,250 $54,625 $33,300 $20,000 $11,440 $5,710 $2,860
Doubles Prize money* $454,500 $227,250 $113,000 $56,000 - $31,500 $17,200 $9,600 - - -
Mixed Doubles Prize money* $135,500 $67,500 $33,900 $15,500 - - $7,800 $3,800 - - -

* per team

Note: All amounts in Australian dollars. (The winner’s prize money approximates to GBP £1,558,212; EUR €1,854,284; USD $2,451,456.)

On 4 October 2011, when they launched Australian Open 2012, the tournament director announced that the prize money was increased to A$26,000,000. It is the highest prize money for a tennis tournament.It was announced the prize money will be increased to AUD 30 million from the 2013 onwards.

The names of the tournament 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.

[edit] Ranking points

Ranking points for the WTA have varied at the Australian Open through the years but presently singles players receive the following points:

Event W F SF QF 4R 3R 2R 1R Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles Points (M) 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Points (F) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 100 5 60 50 40 2
Doubles Points (M) 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 0 - - - - -
Points (F) 2000 1400 900 500 280 160 5 - - - - -

[edit] Champions

Australian Open champions listed by event:

[edit] Current champions

Event Champion Runner-up Score
2012 Men’s Singles Serbia Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5–7), 7–5
2012 Women’s Singles Belarus Victoria Azarenka Maria Sharapova 6–3, 6–0
2012 Men’s Doubles India Leander Paes
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
7–6(7–1), 6–2
2012 Women’s Doubles Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
Russia Vera Zvonareva
Sara Errani
Roberta Vinci
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
2012 Mixed Doubles United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
Elena Vesnina
India Leander Paes
6–3, 5–7, [10–3]

[edit] Records

Unlike the other three Grand Slam tournaments, which became open in 1968, the Australian tournament opened to professionals in 1969. Thus, the records here break at the 1969 tournament. Citations for these records.[28]

Record Open Era* Player(s) Count Years
Men since 1905
Winner of most
Men’s Singles titles
Before 1969: Roy Emerson 6 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
After 1968: Andre Agassi
Roger Federer
4 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003
2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
Winner of most
Men’s Singles titles
Before 1969: Roy Emerson 5 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
After 1968: Ken Rosewall
Guillermo Vilas
Johan Kriek
Mats Wilander
Stefan Edberg
Ivan Lendl
Jim Courier
Andre Agassi
Roger Federer
Serbia Novak Djokovic
2 1971, 1972
1978, 1979
1981, 1982
1983, 1984
1985, 1987[29]
1989, 1990
1992, 1993
2000, 2001
2006, 2007
2011, 2012
Winner of most
Men’s Doubles titles
Before 1969: Adrian Quist 10 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
After 1968: Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
5 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
Winner of most
Men’s Doubles titles
Before 1969: Adrian Quist 10 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950[30]
After 1968: Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
3 2009, 2010, 2011
2009, 2010, 2011
Winner of most
Mixed Doubles titles –
Before 1969: Harry Hopman
Colin Long
4 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939
1940, 1946, 1947, 1948
After 1968: Jim Pugh 3 1988, 1989, 1990
Winner of most
Championships (total:
singles, men’s doubles,
mixed doubles) – Men
Before 1969: Adrian Quist 13 1936–1950 (3 singles, 10 men’s doubles, 0 mixed doubles)
After 1968: Mark Edmondson
Jim Pugh
Rick Leach
Bob Bryan
Mike Bryan
5 1976–1984 (1 singles, 4 men’s doubles)
1988–1990 (2 men’s doubles, 3 mixed doubles)
1988–2000 (3 men’s doubles, 2 mixed doubles)
2006-2011 (5 men’s doubles)
2006-2011 (5 men’s doubles)
Women since 1922
Winner of most
Women’s Singles titles
In Total: Margaret Court 11 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
Before 1969: Margaret Court 7 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
After 1968: Serena Williams 5 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
Winner of most
Women’s Singles titles
Before 1969: Margaret Court 7 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966
After 1968: Margaret Court
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
Steffi Graf
Monica Seles
Martina Hingis
3 1969, 1970, 1971
1974, 1975, 1976
1988, 1989, 1990
1991, 1992, 1993
1997, 1998, 1999
Winner of most
Women’s Doubles titles
Before 1969: Thelma Coyne Long 12 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958
After 1968: Martina Navratilova 8 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
Winner of most consecutive
Women’s Doubles titles
Before 1969: Thelma Coyne Long
Nancye Wynne Bolton
5 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
After 1968: Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver
7 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
Winner of most
Mixed Doubles titles –
Before 1969: Daphne Akhurst Cozens
Nell Hall Hopman
Nancye Wynne Bolton
Thelma Coyne Long
4 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929
1930, 1936, 1937, 1939
1940, 1946, 1947, 1948
1951, 1952, 1954, 1955
After 1968: Jana Novotná
Larisa Savchenko Neiland
2 1988, 1989
1994, 1996
Winner of most
Championships (total:
singles, women’s doubles,
mixed doubles) – Women
Before 1969: Nancye Wynne Bolton 20 1936–1952 (6 singles, 10 women’s doubles, 4 mixed doubles)
After 1968: Martina Navratilova 12 1980–2003 (3 singles, 8 women’s doubles, 1 mixed doubles)
Youngest winner Men’s singles: Ken Rosewall 18 years and 2 months (1953)
Men’s doubles: Lew Hoad 18 years and 2 months (1953)
Women’s doubles: Mirjana Lučić 15 years and 10 months (1998)
Women’s singles: Martina Hingis 16 years and 4 months (1997)
Oldest winner Men’s singles: Ken Rosewall 37 years and 8 months (1972)
Men’s doubles: Norman Brookes 46 years and 2 months (1924)
Women’s doubles: Thelma Coyne Long 37 years and 7 months (1956)
Women’s singles: Thelma Coyne Long 35 years and 8 months (1954)
Mixed doubles (men): Horace Rice 52 years (1923)
Mixed doubles (women): Martina Navratilova 46 years and 3 months (2003)

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  29. ^ In 1986 there was no Australian Open held
  30. ^ From 1941 through 1945, no Australian Championships were held because of World War II

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Preceded by
US Open
Grand Slam Tournament
Succeeded by
French Open

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