Australia is hot in every sense of the word

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As I type this, I am watching Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal face off in the tennis season’s first Grand Slam final. The rivals are serving us up yet another tennis classic: the pair have been playing for almost five hours and the quality has just gotten better and better.

Rod Laver arena

The pair have helped put tennis back on the sporting map, but so too has the setting for today’s final. For years the Australian Open was one of the poor cousins of Australian sport – an event sandwiched between horse racing, football and cricket. Not so in 2012.

Since the relocation from the grass courts and miserable amenities of Kooyang two decades ago, the Australian Open has stopped having to beg the best players in the world to travel down under and compete. Just look at the line -up this year, if you need an indication of the tournament’s prestige amongst the players.

Nadal

But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Wimbledon is wet. Roland Garos is dusty. Flushing Meadows is unpredictable. But Melbourne Park is hot, hot, hot in every sense of the word…

 

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