When we hear the word grand slam in tennis, we are actually hearing reference to winning each of the four major tennis competitions. These events take place in France, Australia, England, and the US. The tournaments themselves bear the titles:
- French Open
- Australian Open
- US Open
Aside from their respective locations, one of the chief differences among these tournaments is actually the surfaces in which matches are played upon. For example, the French Open is played upon a clay court, while its English counterpart, Wimbledon is waged upon grass. Both the Australian and US Open(s) are conducted upon hard courts, which offer a greater uniformity to subsequent ball bounces.
In order to achieve a grand slam a player (or team) must have won top marks at all four tournaments within the same calendar year. This is to say that they must be completed in order with the Australian Open coming up first in January, followed by the French Open and Wimbledon (May – July), and of course followed up by the US Open in the fall. If for instance, a player was to win Wimbledon, then the US, Australian and French open(s), it would be considered a non-calendar year grand slam, and wouldn’t really count.
The history of the grand slam can be traced back to the year / era when the concept of an Open tournament was established and agreed to by the major tournaments, 1968. Up until this time, tennis didn’t afford professional players the opportunity to earn such lofty sums (as is now common). The two players with the most (combined total) grand slams are Roy Emerson and Margaret Court (men-women, respectively). However, it is important to note that both of these players took their wins from the earlier eras where they faced amateur opponents.
French Open Tennis
Of all the four major Open tournament events, the French Open is largely considered to be quite unique as well as the most physically challenging. The physical challenge of the French Open stems from the fact that it is played exclusively on clay courts, which is widely understood to be a “slower” playing surface than what is to be found elsewhere.The actual history of the major French tournament dates back to 1891, when its predecessor, which was known as the “French closed championships” (in English) was the dominant event. The tournament remained a “French only’ affair up until 1924. In 1925, the principal tournament became open to all amateurs, and this of course included international players as well. This first crucial event was held at Stade Français, then the next year at Racing Club de France. The Roland Garros stadium construction was completed in 1928, and the French Open has been held there annually since that time.
In 1968, when the concept of a worldwide multi-national “open” series of tennis championships was first fathomed, it was the French Open that was the first to become a truly open competition. Of all the events comprising the grand prix, the French Open is certainly one of the most highly regarded and distinguished, especially considering its long and hallowed history. In France, the French Open is (understandably) a celebrated event, and is widely televised.
Some controversy emerged in 2009 as certain advocates pointed out that the home location for the French Open might not be adequate enough to accommodate the large crowds gathering for such an event. An architect, Marc Mimram, was even commissioned to design multiple enhancements to the current location including a fourth stadium. Ultimately however, it was decided in 2011 that the French Open would remain in its current home and expansions and renovations would be performed instead.
Australian Open Tennis
The Australian Open was formally established in 1905, and was originally played on the same grounds that were used for cricket (Albert Cricket Ground, but was then known as Warehousman’s Cricket ground). The tournament has been staged in a variety of Australian and New Zealand cities, including: Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Christchurch, Perth, Hastings and Brisbane.Sometime in 1972 a concerted effort was put forth to arrange to have the Australian open remain seated in one location. Over time, the tournament has migrated from place to place and arena to arena. Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club was the first location to regularly host the Aussie Open. In 1988, the Open moved to Melbourne Park, which was quite a capacity upgrade from Kooyong. A slight controversy erupted in 2008 between authorities in Melbourne and those in NSW (New South Wales) concerning a proposed change of location / venue. However, the tournament has yet to be reconciled to any other location than that of Melbourne Park, which is still the main area / location for play. Incidentally, proposed changes and improvements have been put forth for improving upon this location.
Since 2004, annual attendance for the Australian open has been above 500,000. In general, the Australian Open is considered to be the “richest” tournament of the four majors comprising the grand slam (French, US, Wimbledon). It is also important to note that this particular tournament is the first of the four to occur during a calendar year, with its official date being, “the last fortnight in January”.
Notable players who have garnered multiple wins at the Australian Open include, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams. In addition to men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles, there are also other events, such as; junior’s championships, legends matches, exhibition matches, as well as those aimed at handicapped individuals.
Wimbledon Tennis Betting
For people who love Tennis, Wimbledon is an almost sacred event, and one that stretches back for decades (actually over 130 years!). But tennis aficionados aren’t the only ones getting hyped about Wimbledon, it’s also a Grand Prix event for gamblers and those who love sports betting as well. Arguably, Wimbledon is the Coup de grace event for those who enjoy or regularly engage in tennis betting. Add to this the fact that Wimbledon is apparently the only “Grand Slam” event which takes place in the British Isles and it’s clear to see why people (particularly in the U.K.) might clearly want to celebrate it.
Placing bets on Wimbledon matches is not unlike placing bets on any other match or matches. However, since (Wimbledon) is such a big event, there may be special betting packages available which aren’t made regularly available in other scenarios. You can visit NetBet Sport and find current odds for all major tennis tournaments.
Bookmakers working for Wimbledon events typically offer stylized packages based on varying odds, as well as multiple types of bets based on a seemingly endless trove of criteria. Additionally, some bookies may even offer “free bet” packages which include (as the name clearly implies), free bets in addition to those purchased; who wouldn’t want free bets? Special markets are usually established specifically for Wimbledon, so that even more complex and knowledge-based wagering can take place.
For sports betting aficionados as well as the UK citizenry, Wimbledon is an opportunity to indulge one’s gambling, but perhaps also to take solace in an enjoyable sports tradition. Wimbledon isn’t merely a set of separate matches; it is an event unto itself, as well as an opportunity to win big for intrepid and intelligent sports betting enthusiasts.
US Open Tennis
You can’t win a grand slam without winning the US Open, which is the fourth and final major international tennis tournament of the calendar year. One of the major distinguishing characteristics of the US Open is the fact that it is played upon hard surfaces, which accounts for a more balanced ball response than other court surfaces.The US open was once an event relegated strictly to high-society, were only men competed and only members of a distinctive lawn tennis association were allowed to participate. The actual beginnings of the tournament date back to 1881, where it was first held at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island. During these formative years, the location of the tournament changed places several times, moving from Newport to Forest Hills New York in 1915, and Philadelphia in 1921 (then back to Forest Hills in 1924).
Then, in 1968 the US Open became truly open, allowing both international players as well as professionals to compete for the championship in the 5 major events. The US Open is unique among the other events in the “grand slam” because it was the first among them to use a tiebreak at the end of a set. Likewise, the use of a tiebreaker to decide who wins in the 5th set is still a staple of the US Open.
2006 saw the implementation of a computer-aided system whereby referee calls can be questioned by participating players. Players are only allowed to contest rulings up to three times per set, and of course once during a tiebreak event.The addition of these systems has revolutionized and changed the way tennis tournaments are conducted around the world. The Us Open is broadcast globally on a variety of networks and reaches a staggering international audience, annually.