Do you know which Australian holds the record for being both the youngest and oldest men’s singles champion? How many left-handers have claimed the Australian Open title? And who played in the longest women’s match that lasted four hours and 44 minutes?
If not, then the new Records section of this year’s Australian Open website is the place for you.
The latest addition to the AO website has the answers to these questions and many more, delving deep in to the tournament’s rich history with an assortment of information dating back to the very beginning in 1905.
Easy on the eye and simple to navigate, the page showcases statistics on all things Australian Open, including some of the more obscure facts and figures. For instance, did you know that in 2012 the Wilson Stringers Hut restrung 3300 racquets with 42km of string?
Perhaps the most impressive feature is the comprehensive results archive that gives access to comprehensive player summaries, detailing the singles, doubles and mixed-doubles history of every player to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year.
Fans can search the database by player or event, or by simply scrolling through the draws of years gone by.
Champs Corner showcases all the record-holding Australian Open winners, including most singles titles, as well as those who have claimed the elusive junior and senior championship double.
One of the more recent entries to the history books – last year’s five-hour and 53-minute final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the longest in Grand Slam history – is the highlight of the Match Makers section.
For the history buffs, biographies on the great AO champions, including Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova and Margaret Court, are also available, while all 33 Tennis Australia Hall of Fame inductees are listed.
The page can be accessed under the Scores & Stats menu at the top of australianopen.com home page.
And just for the record, Ken Rosewall holds the title as the youngest and oldest men’s singles champion, (18 years and two months and 37 years and two months), 12 southpaws have taken home the Australian Open crown, while the longest women’s match in AO history was a fourth-round marathon between Italian Francesca Schiavone and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2011.