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The Australian Open should be played in Sydney, not Melbourne

I don't understand why Melbourne has the Australian Open over Sydney. Arguments in Sydney's favour:

1) Sydney is the city which most foreigners think is the capital of Australia, even though it is not. It would make more sense to the rest of the world if Sydney, Australia's largest and most prominent city, hosted Australia's grand-slam
2) Sydney has a more interesting culture and sights than does Melbourne. Melbourne does not boast any landmarks to compete with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, which most tourists to Australia regard as "must-see", no matter how fickle that may be. I would also argue that Sydney has better bars and beaches. The timing of the Australian Open also coincides with the Sydney Festival, Australia's largest annual cultural event. Overseas tourists would be more likely to come to Sydney to see the Australian Open rather than Melbourne
3) Sydney has a larger population than Melbourne and this may mean better attendance and more profits for the organisers

Sydney already has its Olympic Park which would be large enough to host the Australian Open; or at the very most would need only a few more courts.
So, why does Melbourne have the Australian Open over Sydney?
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Re: The Australian Open should be played in Sydney, not Melbourne

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I don't understand why Melbourne has the Australian Open over Sydney. Arguments in Sydney's favour:

1) Sydney is the city which most foreigners think is the capital of Australia, even though it is not. It would make more sense to the rest of the world if Sydney, Australia's largest and most prominent city, hosted Australia's grand-slam
2) Sydney has a more interesting culture and sights than does Melbourne. Melbourne does not boast any landmarks to compete with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, which most tourists to Australia regard as "must-see", no matter how fickle that may be. I would also argue that Sydney has better bars and beaches. The timing of the Australian Open also coincides with the Sydney Festival, Australia's largest annual cultural event. Overseas tourists would be more likely to come to Sydney to see the Australian Open rather than Melbourne
3) Sydney has a larger population than Melbourne and this may mean better attendance and more profits for the organisers

Sydney already has its Olympic Park which would be large enough to host the Australian Open; or at the very most would need only a few more courts.
So, why does Melbourne have the Australian Open over Sydney?
1. So things should be changed because foreigners are ignorant?

2. Melbourne is beautiful and the players love it. They aren't there to sight see, they are there to play tennis.

3. The courts are always packed anyway. Attendance isn't a problem.
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Re: The Australian Open should be played in Sydney, not Melbourne

Melbourne is the SPORTS capital of Australia, simple as that.

Aus Open used to moved around Australia quite alot until the 70's
even was played in New Zealand a few times.
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Re: The Australian Open should be played in Sydney, not Melbourne

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2. Melbourne is beautiful and the players love it. They aren't there to sight see, they are there to play tennis.
The player's sightseeing is OBVIOUSLY not the issue; the issue is which city is most likely to attract overseas tourism

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1. So things should be changed because foreigners are ignorant?
It is not about ignorance, Sydney is Australia's most prominent, populous and famous city: that is a fact. Also, that the Aussie Open is a played in Aussie City of which less foreigners are aware may in fact be another factor hurting its prestige
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Re: The Australian Open should be played in Sydney, not Melbourne

Sorry, I really don't see your point.

Here's how I see it....If it's not broken, don't fix it. The Aussie Open has been doing well for ages, so I really don't see the problem with it's location. People aren't there for the bars, beaches, and landmarks...they are there to watch tennis. The same goes for players, as rexman said.

And who cares if foreigners think Sydney is the capital? It wouldn't make the tournament any more appealing than it already is. I really could not care less about where a Grand Slam (or any tournament, for that matter) is located...big city, small city, middle of nowhere. Do you really think people wouldn't come if the US Open was held in Sand Springs, Oklahoma instead of New York City? The place would still be packed. People go for the tennis, not for the sights...which is why most of their time is spent in the stands and on the grounds, not strolling through the city. In my opinion, it's just an added bonus...but definitely not a necessity.

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Melbourne is the SPORTS capital of Australia, simple as that.

Aus Open used to moved around Australia quite alot until the 70's
even was played in New Zealand a few times.
Very correct, they even played it in Sydney while moving around, but for some reason I don't know they settled down in Melbourne. Maybe they were sick of moving around or Melbourne was THE place to hold the tournament

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The stands were almost full yesterday for the start of play at 11am. I thought that was awesome. It looks like the most fun tournament and the coolest slam. Leave it alone!

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People go for the tennis, not for the sights.
lmao, rubbish. most people don't travel all the way on an extremely-expensive trip overseas with the SOLE INTENT of watching a grand-slam tournament. naturally, you would expect them to travel a bit around the country, see the sights, experience those parts of the country's culture in which they are interested. the grand-slam would be BONUS for a lot of the people. if you seriously would travel halfway around the world to a different country and sit on your arse and watch tennis all day without doing anything else, then you are a pretty boring guy
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Since when should the location of a slam be changed for people who are traveling from far distances? Again, the stands were practically full, that's unheard of for the other slams on the first day.

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why else do you think that they hold the biggest sports events in Melbourne for ??

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Sydney is the city which most foreigners think is the capital of Australia, even though it is not.
This line was so stupid that I couldn't even be bothered to read the rest.

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Since when should the location of a slam be changed for people who are traveling from far distances?
i'm not saying the slam isn't successful

i'm saying it could be MORE SUCCESSFUL

we all know overseas tourism is a huge boost to any country's economy, so why not attempt to maximize it further?
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This line was so stupid that I couldn't even be bothered to read the rest.

Thanks for the laugh.
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unfortunately, it's the truth.

or do you actually think it is the capital of australia: is that why it is stupid to you?
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If Slams are only to be played in their host nations' capitals...then it's time for the USO to move the DC area! Riiiight....

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If Slams are only to be played in their host nations' capitals...then it's time for the USO to move the DC area! Riiiight..
congratulations on completely missing the point :retard:

firstly, the point is not about capitals, it is about international repute. are you seriously suggesting melbourne is as well known abroad as new york? :retard:

secondly, i never suggested moving the australian open to the capital, because sydney is not the capital :retard:
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