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Rate the Slams in order of their importance

Lopez
08-26-2010, 10:28 AM
We count all majors equal when stating a player's Grand Slam tally, especially for modern players who've had tough competition in the AO as well. Federer with 16, Sampras 14, Agassi and Nadal with 8 for example. Yet we can look a bit more closely at the Slams and define what is the order of "importance" (i.e. history, legacy) within the four Slams. My order:

1. Wimbledon. Pretty weird if everyone doesn't have it as their first pick.
2. US Open. For me this is a toss up between the French and US Open. I picked the Open because a lot of players seem to value that win more and because the US was such a power in tennis for a long time that their national Championship surely is more esteemed.
3. French Open. The only clay Slam. Might be more respected in countries with great clay tradition.
4. Australian Open. For a long time the Slam with the weakest field. Now the field is great, but it doesn't have the same history as the other Slams.

What do you guys think?

henke007
08-26-2010, 10:30 AM
W
FO
US
AO
(Umag)

ApproachShot
08-26-2010, 10:31 AM
Wimbledon, US Open / French Open, Australian Open. I think slowly the Australian Open could converge with the FO / USO in its perceived 'importance' though.

Action Jackson
08-26-2010, 10:42 AM
Depends on where you are from and what style of tennis is preferred.

jonas
08-26-2010, 10:47 AM
Depends on where you are from and what style of tennis is preferred.

Not fully. I'm sure Wimbledon would be on top if you made a survey amongst all pros.

n8
08-26-2010, 11:08 AM
Wimbledon, US Open, Roland Garros, Australian Open.

This is the generally accepted order according to tennis experts and professionals. However the gaps are decreasing.

ossie
08-26-2010, 11:09 AM
SW19
Roland Garros
US Open
Australian Open

Certinfy
08-26-2010, 11:15 AM
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
.
.
.
.
.
Roland Garros

Goldenoldie
08-26-2010, 11:25 AM
Agree with OP

peribsen
08-26-2010, 11:26 AM
W
USO=FO
AO
I agree that USO is seen as more important than FO but: a) the advantage in tradition of Flushing Meadows over FO was somewhat spoiled by the change in surface in 1975, the historical USO had been on grass; b) USO is favoured by the huge economic clout of the country it is played in and c) by a trend for favouring HC over other surfaces which is still comparatively recent.

gulzhan
08-26-2010, 11:26 AM
Wimbledon
RG
USO
AO

FlameOn
08-26-2010, 11:33 AM
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
French Open

Action Jackson
08-26-2010, 11:39 AM
Not fully. I'm sure Wimbledon would be on top if you made a survey amongst all pros.

The classic Wimbledon is superior myth and nonsense. It does depend on other factors, there are players who want to win RG the most and yes it's the most important to them, same for the US Open.

They call have the same points for winning.

MurrayFan1
08-26-2010, 11:55 AM
USO
AO
Wimbledon (Nobody can play well on grass anymore)
FO (Again, too many of the top players suck on clay)

syc23
08-26-2010, 11:56 AM
Winbledon
USO
AO




















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-
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- LA Farmers Classic
_
_French Open

Blackbriar
08-26-2010, 12:24 PM
Wimbledon (by far)
Roland Garros
Australian Open
US Open (more & more, especially now that the US players are jokes)

Bilbo
08-26-2010, 12:25 PM
Wimbledon
French Open
US Open
Australian Open

Arakasi
08-26-2010, 03:07 PM
Wimbledon
.
USO=FO (maybe USO edges it a little)
.
.
AO

Johnny Groove
08-26-2010, 03:22 PM
1. Wimbledon

The other 3 depends on who you ask.

out_here_grindin
08-26-2010, 03:31 PM
1. Aussie/French/Wimbledon/US

equal

Clay Death
08-26-2010, 03:44 PM
1. french open since it is the hardest to win.

**just ask johnny mac, connors, newcombe, sampras, becker, and fed.

**wimby is overrated but players value it. so that will be #2.

Oz is #3 pretty damn important since it is the first slam of the year.

bokehlicious
08-26-2010, 03:47 PM
1. french open since it is the hardest to win.

**just ask johnny mac, connors, newcombe, sampras, becker, and fed.

**wimby is overrated but players value it. so that will be #2.

Oz is #3 pretty damn important since it is the first slam of the year.

:lol:

and I guess USO is worthless since Clay Monster will never win there :awww: :hug:

Chopin-lover
08-26-2010, 03:54 PM
For me:

1. Wimbledon
2. Roland Garros
3. US Open = Australian Open

romismak
08-26-2010, 03:56 PM
It is difficult to choose this slam is Number one this number four. For most players probably is Wimbledon No. 1 slam. Thanks to history and it is the last slam playing on grass. But for some players and also fans in South America and some part of Europe can be Rolland Garros considered as the most important tournament. When someone is clay - court specialist and his whole life he is playing on clay i don´t thinkt that he ever dream to win a Wimbledon but he dreams from his childhood to become a champion in Paris on RG. Also for some American kids should be most important to win US open like their idols- Sampras or MCenroe- yes they both won also in Wimbledon but I am sure that Americans wants to win their home slam. It is really hard to say the ranking for slams- many say that AO is less important than the others- i think in nowadays its on the same level as US open if you are not from USA or Australia- someone said US was tennis power- and what about Australia they were too tennis power- today we have Spain as tennis power- and i am sure most of Spaniards dreams since they were kids to win RG not Wimbledon not US open not AO. But i think there is another tournament that should be important- WTF- best players play there - you don´t play firs rounds with weak players like on slams so that means you don´t have time to come on form you must play from first match your best tennis- 2000 points for GS winner and 1500 points for WTF winner if he wins every match is i think underrated it should be equal with slams. Because if the winner won WTF and 5 matches from 5 it means he has beaten 5 times in one week best players in the world- it should be played 2 weeks on 3sets- best o 5 like slams- the champion should be considered as the champion of the world.

joplin
08-26-2010, 04:06 PM
French open is far more important than the US Open

r2473
08-26-2010, 04:15 PM
It depends on if you are talking about their current importance or historical importance.

Currently, they are all equal.

Historically, this is obviously not the case (especially with respect to the Australian Open).

Come on guys. The US Open is only a few days away. I'm sure we can make it.

However, I'm sure in the interim we will have a raucous debate about something as poignant as "If Federer were a woman, which would he like more: A Sun Dress and a cute pair of pumps or an Evening Gown with heels"?

Clay Death
08-26-2010, 04:18 PM
:lol:

and I guess USO is worthless since Clay Monster will never win there :awww: :hug:



of cours he will win there.

i like the slam but for a number of reasons it has become a poor slam. like i said earlier, there is no retractable roof for one thing.

and then the scheduling of the semis and the final. there is no sunday start.

and so on.

dombrfc
08-26-2010, 04:40 PM
Newport
Delray Beach
LA Farmers Classic
.
.
.
Wimbledon
US Open
Australian Open
Roland Garros

MrMarble
08-26-2010, 04:45 PM
1. French Open
(since it's the single slow court slam + demands point construction + most common surface in the world)

2. Wimbledon
(Single grass court slam + prestige - nearly extinct surface, not many can play well on it)

3. US Open
(One of 2 nearly identical surfaces, somewhat more prestigious than AO)

4. Australian Open
(One of 2 nearly identical surfaces)

Flame away.

r2473
08-26-2010, 05:04 PM
Flame away.

http://www.nmsu.edu/~safety/images/fire_meaney.gif

HKz
08-26-2010, 05:10 PM
1. french open since it is the hardest to win.

**just ask johnny mac, connors, newcombe, sampras, becker, and fed.

**wimby is overrated but players value it. so that will be #2.

Oz is #3 pretty damn important since it is the first slam of the year.

How much worse can you get ol' fail? Just ask how hard Australian Open/US Open/Wimbledon is to win to Kuerten, Borg, Bruguera, etc. If all these players have won the French Open at least once which you claim

french open since it is the hardest to win.

then how come by logic, if the other ones are "easier," they couldn't win those other 3 slams? Think before you type, which seems like you never do.

philosophicalarf
08-26-2010, 05:13 PM
Wimbledon, US, French, Aus.

I prefer the US to Wimbledon myself, but the latter has a certain prestige that elevates it above anything else in tennis.

CmonAussie
08-26-2010, 05:25 PM
<<(())>>
***
WIMBLEDON
...
...
FO = AO
...
...
...
USO [Redneck fans bring it down, too patriotic [disrespectful to non-US players], terrible trophy ceremony]!

Lopez
08-26-2010, 06:38 PM
1. french open since it is the hardest to win.

**just ask johnny mac, connors, newcombe, sampras, becker, and fed.

**wimby is overrated but players value it. so that will be #2.

Oz is #3 pretty damn important since it is the first slam of the year.

Poor logic. Shall we look at the average ranking of French Open champs compared to, say, Wimbledon?

Tommy_Vercetti
08-26-2010, 07:11 PM
Wimbledon (by far)
Roland Garros
Australian Open
US Open (more & more, especially now that the US players are jokes)

Is this a joke or perhaps the most ignorant post ever? You are saying the U.S. Open loses prestige based on the current level of American players?

Because we know the French, Aussies and English players are just dominating the Slams. Oh, wait. Two different American players have won Slams since the last time that a player from any of the home Slam countries won. And it's been what? About three decades since a fluke French colonial win after even more decades before that? And it's been how long since an English player won? Please, the U.S. is the only country that has continually fielded both Slam winners and serious contenders throughout the entire history of tennis. Based upon that standard, the U.S. Open would be on an entirely different plain, the Aussie Open would be next and the French and Wimbledon would be far behind.

Malva
08-26-2010, 07:13 PM
French Open :hearts:
AO
USO
and I think there's another one. I can't remember what it's called. :scratch:

guga2120
08-26-2010, 07:23 PM
1.Roland Garros
2.Wimbledon
3.US Open
4.Australia

Australia is getting more important all the time, and Wimbledon less, atleast less that what it was say 20 years ago.

wally1
08-26-2010, 07:51 PM
This topic has been done literally 10,000 times, but anyway here's my order:-

1.W
2.RG
3.USO
4.AO

MalwareDie
08-26-2010, 08:09 PM
1. US Open
2. Wimbledon and Roland Garros
4. Australian Open

Everko
08-26-2010, 08:38 PM
1. French Open
2. Wimbledon


3. Australian

4. US

Fed Fan
08-26-2010, 10:59 PM
There are several factors here that need to be teased apart. All of the grandslams are equally important because of their structure (seven best-of-five-set matches is much more gruelling than winning a Masters series), ranking points and prize money.

At the moment, it's probably legitimate to say the Australian Open lacks the history of the other slams because it was so poorly attended until about twenty years ago. Although it's a bit overstated (that people like Rosewall, Laver, Bicker and Edberg have won the title still counts for something), Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the US Open have more going for them in that regard.

As somebody said beforehand, there are also personal reasons for players wanting to win a particular slam. For example, for an Aussie, the Australian Open might not have the charm of Wimbledon and grass might be their preferred surface, but little beats winning a big event in your own country.

It's also the case that the prestige of slams can change over the years. For me, the slower courts at Wimbledon (though they're nowhere near as slow as a lot of people say they are) have taken something away from the event. But it's also the case that events can improve their standing. The Australian Open has done a great job of this over the years. They've played up the sweltering heat and the local fans have been great. The event has made a good start on forging its own identity. And it's not like there hasn't been some good matches in recent years, wih Agassi, Sampras, Federer and Nadal going all-out to win the event.

Anyway, based purely on history and prestige, my order would be: 1. Wimbledon; 2. Roland Garros; 3. US Open; 4. Australian Open.

anutam
08-26-2010, 11:05 PM
Wimbledon
USO
RG/AO

StevoTG
08-26-2010, 11:10 PM
I consider them to be equals. Most of the players seem to rate Wimbledon above the rest.. at least that's what they say when they're interviewed at Wimbledon. Fed and Nadal have both mentioned Wimbledon as the main trophy and I guess their opinions hold a lot of sway in the tennis world. The AO certainly used to be bottom of the pile but I think those days are gone.

DJ Soup
08-26-2010, 11:29 PM
until Del Po's win, argentines would say Roland Garros is their most important slam.

MIMIC
08-26-2010, 11:50 PM
If I had a chance to win them, here's my preference

1. U.S. Open (I'm a never quit kinda guy and would probably feed off of the energy of the crowd)
2. Wimbledon (kinda the "Snob Slam" to me, but I'd still want to win it to be able to dismiss something I already have :cool:)
3. Australian Open (I'd love to have one of these...amazing crowds in an electric part of town)
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4. French Open (because it's 2,000 pts :D)

r2473
08-26-2010, 11:56 PM
The thought of an AO trophy brings a tear Fed's and Murray's eye:

http://kumarenggrace.i.ph/photo/d/698-1/Roger+Federer+Crying+pic_4_.jpg

http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/feb2010/5/8/andy-murray-pic-getty-images-852821445.jpg

Roddick could care less about Wimbledon:

http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00208/roddick-federer_208227t.jpg

Coria just shrugged off that French Open loss:

http://www.jasonberns.com/images/Trophy_Gaudio_Exults2.JPG

But I guess the US Open is so worthless, players like Sharapova just toss the trophy on the floor:

http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I00001yDou2zvR20/s

viruzzz
08-27-2010, 12:06 AM
Wimbledon
USO
French Open
Aussie open.


Indeed, my favorite one is the AO. I love that tournament.
But I know it's the least important :(

mark73
08-27-2010, 12:07 AM
All four grand slams have a draw of 128 and showcase the same level and depth of competition.
Thus it is of equal accomplishment to win any one of these four grand slams.

Everything else is subjective and a matter of preference.

Voo de Mar
08-27-2010, 12:34 AM
Wimbledon is the most important, the other three I'd say have similar status.

JolánGagó
08-27-2010, 03:34 AM
W
RG
.
.
.
(Montecarlo)
(Rome)
(Barcelona)
.
.
.
AO
USO

careergrandslam
08-27-2010, 05:08 AM
W
RG
.
.
.
(Montecarlo)
(Rome)
(Barcelona)
.
.
.
AO
USO

:yeah:

Pirata.
08-27-2010, 05:50 AM
- Australian Open is the best because they stream like the first 8 or 9 courts which means I can actually watch juniors and doubles matches at a Slam without it being the final
- Wimbledon because of the grass and tradition
- USO & FO tied

straitup
08-27-2010, 05:53 AM
Wimbledon may be more prestigious but that doesn't mean it's more important in any sense, nor is Roland Garros less important because it seems to be lots of MTFers least favorite slam. They're all equally impressive to win and all have its pros and cons

Langers
08-27-2010, 06:54 AM
They're all Grand Slams, they're all amazing.

Macbrother
08-27-2010, 07:07 AM
Even when I was a kid, growing up in the US, barely knowing anything about tennis, I knew Wimbledon was the special one.

Puschkin
08-27-2010, 07:38 AM
Wimbledon
Roland Garros
New York
Melbourne

Mohammad
08-27-2010, 07:42 AM
Despite being a huge fan of Rafa:
1.US Open
2.Australian Open
3.Wimbledon
4.French Open

HKz
08-27-2010, 09:48 AM
I would probably say-

1. Wimbledon
2. French Open
3. US Open
4. Australian Open

Tough choice between French Open and US Open.

gbmkc
08-28-2010, 03:09 AM
Wimbledon
US Open
French Open
Australian Open

Almost every serious contender is dying to called "Wimbledon champion".

The Australian Open exists but the only people losing sleep over not winning it are Lleyton Hewitt and anyone who has already won the other three.

phelbyn
08-28-2010, 03:15 AM
Wimbledon, US Open / French Open, Australian Open. I think slowly the Australian Open could converge with the FO / USO in its perceived 'importance' though.

Really think this depends on the the region someone is from. In terms of hype and tradition, this is how I would rank them:

#1 Wimbledon: This goes WITHOUT question.
#2 US Open: Could be #3 in the eyes of many, but with the largest stadium in the world, and a lot of hype, I'd rank this as #2.
#3 Roland Garros: would have to be considered #2 for many south americans and europeans... maybe even #1 in their minds. However... I know attendance and sponsors are becoming an issue, and there are questions of relocating from Paris to somewhere else.
#4 Australian Open: Unfortunately they have arguably a very haphazzard tournament in terms of upsets and very different winners in the past. Many players are also not at their best so early in the season. In the past, commitment has been low here for top players given that it is further away for travelling.

Matt01
08-28-2010, 03:59 AM
#3 Roland Garros: would have to be considered #2 for many south americans and europeans... maybe even #1 in their minds. However... I know attendance and sponsors are becoming an issue, and there are questions of relocating from Paris to somewhere else.


I think that's because the location is too small, not because of sponsoring or attendance issues :shrug:

xargon
08-28-2010, 04:01 AM
RG
AO
Wim
USO

John McEnroe says the AO is the hardest to win.

Tommy_Vercetti
08-28-2010, 06:01 AM
John McEnroe says the AO is the hardest to win.

John McEnroe said that Donald Young would be a great player. And that's just at the top of the list of stupid things that he has said. And the AO now is entirely different from the era that he played.

kobulingam
08-28-2010, 06:05 AM
W
Uso
Fo

Ao

emotion
08-28-2010, 06:09 AM
WB
RG
USO
AO

But AO my fave

guga2120
08-28-2010, 06:31 AM
W
RG
.
.
.
(Montecarlo)
(Rome)
(Barcelona)
.
.
.
AO
USO

This is good.

kooties
08-28-2010, 06:32 AM
RG
Wimbledon
USO
AO

christallh24
08-28-2010, 06:32 AM
^^I would agree with that. Except I don't have a fave major anymore.

ETA: Agree with DG, I meant.