Originally Posted by armaniman
Dont want to diss the australian open but its always goign to be seen as 4th slam in preference, maybe its because of macenroe getting himself defaulted or the surprise winners of it or what....
Ok, I agee that, when it comes to history and tradition, RG and Wimby take the cake (and my personal choice would be RG), but I just want to say that the Australian Open is, in fact, an excellent tournament and all the players love to come and play there. It is very well organised and the facilities are well geared-up..at least they are sensible enough to have 2 courts with roofs unlike Wimby, who don't seem to want to break with any of their stuffy traditions, even if it benefits the tournament and players. I've also heard from various players and coaches that I know that Wimby doesn't treat the players as well as some other tournaments and, as we know, they have their own seeding system, which I find rather arrogant. I've also heard that they don't like the US Open because it's very far out and well, we don't need to comment further about that ghastly Arthur Ashe stadium, do we? Admittedly, I have only been to the Australian Open...for the others I am only going by what some players and coaches say, but I can say that the Aus Open is an extremely fan-oriented tournament and also the tickets are very reasonable and there is no hassle to get them at all. I'll be going to RG this year too, so maybe I can comment on that afterwards.