2015 Australian Open Tennis Tournament

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Megan Cuan, Writer

The 2015 Australian Open is the first of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. It is played on outdoor courts at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.  This year’s Australian Open was the 103rd time the tournament was run which is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It features men’s and women’s events in singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles.  There are also events for the top juniors and also singles, doubles and quad events for men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis players as part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category as well. It was played from January nineteenth to February first.

 

Novak Djokovic, a consistent player and the world’s number one men’s player, won the Australian Open men’s singles for the fifth time by beating Andy Murray in the finals.  With her powerful and aggressive game, the world’s number one women’s tennis player, Serena Williams, won the Australian Open for the sixth time.  She conquered Maria Sharapova in tight straight sets.  This adds to her collection of her other eighteen grand slam titles.

 

In men’s doubles, Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini paired up to win their first Australian Open title after defeating Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.  In women’s doubles, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Šafářová won their first title after they knocked out Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie.  Martina Hingis and Leander Paes paired up to win the crown for mixed doubles.  This was the second for Martina and third for Leander who overpowered the defending champions, Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor.

The tournament took place on the many courts in Melbourne Park. It also took place at the primary show courts, which are Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena and all have fully operated retractable roofs.  In the Margaret Court Arena, there is a capacity from six thousand to seven thousand five hundred seats. The 2015 event also set an all-time record of 703,899 fans attending the Australian Open.

 

These player in the tournaments works hard to win, and it takes a lot of time and hard work even though it seems easy to many people. There are many tournaments like the Australian Open but many of the greatest players on the world play in this fabulous league to bring out the best tennis skill they have and of course, win.