The Official Australian Open Book
The Official Australian Open Book: Australia’s Greatest Global Sporting Event
“I was completely enthralled, knowing I’d found the right sport – and the right time to report on it”
— Alan Tengrove
The anticipation builds as another formidable forehand slices its way across the court. Beads of perspiration slowly begin to drip, only to be ignored by the player as he stands locked in concentration. Another swift shot narrowly misses the double side line, only to be welcomed by the two-word phrase that we have all come to love, ‘Come on!’
From on-court drama to behind-the-scenes insights, The Official Australian Open Book provides a comprehensive overview of the tournament. It is a must-have for any tennis fan, or anyone who wants to learn a little more about this amazing event. From the prestige, the prize money and spectators to the celebrities and the fashion, you will not miss a single detail.
Did You Know…
- The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam Tournament in the world that has an extreme heat policy.
- In 1953 Ken ‘Muscles’ Rosewell became the youngest winner of the men’s singles title, just two months after his 18th birthday.
- In 1996 The Australian Open was granted the same number of ranking points as the other three majors – Wimbledon and the French and US Opens.
270 mm x 230 mm
Hardcover with jacket
Follow the history of The Australian Open from its beginnings as an Australasian tournament staged first in 1905, to its current incarnation as the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific. Experience some of the memorable moments including the tears, tantrums and triumphs of the players. Enter into the locker rooms, media rooms and even into the minds of the players as they prepare for their career defining matches.
With 208 pages of amazing images and action shots, The Official Australian Open Book will provide you with all the ins and outs of this major sporting event, making you the expert the next time it comes around.
Alan Trengove is one of the world’s leading tennis writers. He has covered the sport for more than 50 years. In 2005 he received the Australian Sports Commission’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Media, and in 2008 received the Ron Bookman ATP Award for Media Excellence.
Suzi Petkovski has covered every Australian Open since 1988 for the likes of Australian Tennis Magazine, the Australian Open website, Inside Sport, Tennis Week in the US, the ATP’s Deuce magazine and TV show and Tennis Oggi (Italy). She attended her first Australian Open in 1980, one of the horde seated right on the grass surface alongside the centre court, close enough to catch the sweat of Guillermo Vilas.
Charlotte James celebrated her high school graduation by buying tickets to every session of Australian Open 1990, travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne on a Greyhound bus and subsisting on bananas for a fortnight. A tennis writer since 1996, she was the staff writer at the UK’s Ace magazine and editor of Tennis World magazine before returning to Australia to edit australianopen.com for six years. Now freelance, she writes for the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open websites.
Darren Saligari is the Senior Editor of tennis.com.au and brisbaneinternational.com.au, and he also manages various Australian player websites. He writes for australianopen.com and has been published in the Australian Open program and Australian Tennis Magazine.