Didn't really read the whole thing, but this little number caught my eye:
The Australian Open is the weakest of the four Slams because of a combination of date and distance and is therefore the most assailable. It does not have Wimbledon's tradition and reputation, for example.
If someone's criteria for a strong major consists of tradition and dates, then I'm not sure they genuinely follow tennis. The past year or so aside, the Australian Open has easily been one of the most exciting tournaments of the season. Its surface once lended itself to the broadest variety of styles. Accordingly, it has had great matches from the tournament's onset, plenty of epics to look back on, surprising runs against talented players, and plenty of exciting aspects.
It'd be a shame if it were to revert back to its former state after such a great climb in tennis over the past twenty-something years.