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View Poll Results: Which slam is most prestigious?

Australian Open 5 1.98%
French Open 30 11.90%
Wimbledon 185 73.41%
US Open 11 4.37%
All are equal 21 8.33%
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Old 03-20-2004, 08:38 AM   #16
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As in..."biggest title of the year".
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Since when has the biggest meant best or most prestigious?
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To the Americans, always. Why do you think they always call their Open, the biggest, the last and best slam of the year. I, however, think that it is a sham considering how people rush to watch it when two Americans are in the final, and then ratings plummet when two non-Americans are in the final (Rafter def Rusedski 97, Rafter def The Poo 98).
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Doesn't that just mean the organiers/fans over there are pretty silly and obviously don't appreciate good tennis?
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Since when has the biggest meant best or most prestigious?
I never said biggest = more prestigious

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To the Americans, always. Why do you think they always call their Open, the biggest, the last and best slam of the year. I, however, think that it is a sham considering how people rush to watch it when two Americans are in the final, and then ratings plummet when two non-Americans are in the final (Rafter def Rusedski 97, Rafter def The Poo 98).
I don't know if this was directed at me or not. I never said I thought the US Open to be the biggest or best.
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WyvN: Fans create the atmosphere for a tournament. If they are unable to appreciate good tennis, then they are unable to produce a good atmosphere for the slam. I mean, Nalbandian - Roddick last year made me feel ashamed that I was American. That idiot fan calling "Out" and screwing Nalbandian up ruined everything.
Jackson: That was not directed at you, I was just saying that the majority of Americans have the picture of, bigger = better, from what I have seen.
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I never said biggest = more prestigious

I think you read wrong.
I was actually joking with you jackson. Though there are some genii you think if it's the biggest it's automatically the best or most prestigious, which is absolute rubbish.

Domino, you forgot organisation skills and not treating fans as braindead cattle in addition to your previous points.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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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.
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Ok, I agee that, when it comes to history and tradition, RG and Wimby take the cake
Fair enough if you or anyone else picks FO and Wimbledon but as I have mentioned before don't justify it with history/tradition as the US Open is actually older then the French.
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yes, but sadly, I wouldn't call it a tournament that associates itself with its "tradition" and "past" even if it does have a longer one that RG...it is just trying to be more brash and commercialised than ever, which supercedes the fact that it is older...I would say that RG and Wimby are more simple and traditional in that regard.
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I think the U.S. Open fails in tradition because the fifth set is decided in a tiebraker, when the other three at least stick with going on until someone wins by two games.
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The advantage in tradition that FO/Wimbledon have over USO/AO is that they are played on original natural surfaces that tennis was originally played on.
Hardcourts are relatively modern and artificial
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Both good points by Domino and Wyver.

It would be good if all the Slams could be run like the AO and the French. Then again that would be asking too much.
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isn't getting tickets to the FO really nasty?

In Australia all you do is show up on the day
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