Ah the Australian Open. It’s a fantastic tennis event and kind of the perfect way to get into the sport. Want to know more about it? Then take a look at our Australian Open trivia.

From essential to esoteric, we’re going to give you a good grounding in the sporting event. And then afterwards, you can rest safe in the knowledge that if it ever comes up in the pub, you’ll be able to add your two cents.

1. It’s in Melbourne, baby

The Australian Open’s home city is Melbourne, and the event plays out in the Melbourne Park Stadium.

2. The Australian Open wasn’t always held in Australia

Before settling down in Melbourne in 1972, the Australian Open had a number of different venues. Yes, there were different cities in Australia, like Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. But it also took place outside of Australia in both Hastings and Christchurch.

3. The Australian Open is a Grand Slam

Arguably the most prestigious of all tennis tournaments, the Australian Open is one of four Grand Slams.

4. … And it’s the first Grand Slam

With its southern hemisphere summers on the other side of the year, the Australian Open is held at the height of Australian summer, which happens to be the northern hemisphere’s winter. So it kicks of the year’s Grand Slam events. The other grand slams are the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, in that order.

5. It’s nickname is the Happy Slam

Roger Federer was the player who first called this tournament the Happy Slam. It’s because, as the first big tennis tournament of the year, the players are fresh, happy and ready for the excitement to come. Not jaded after a long year swinging their rackets about, etc.

6. The Australian Open is known for its blue courts

The signature look of the Australian Open is surely its blue courts. And it’s been that way since 2008. The hard courts that the Grand Slam event is currently played on are made by GreenSet.

7. It all started in 1905… kinda…

The Australian Open has a few ancestors to speak of. When you peel back the layers of the tournament, before several renames and rebrands you get back to 1905, when the Australasian Championships were founded. In the 1920s, the tournament then became the Australian Championship. It wasn’t until 1969 that it finally became known as the Australian Open.

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