Record crowds at Australian Open 2012

30 Jan

Novak Djokovic thanking AO tournament staff with an AC/DC tune!

In what seems to be an annual event – the 2012 Australian Open has broken its own Grand Slam attendance record. It is staggering to think that over 686,000 fans have poured in through the gates at Melbourne Park over the past fortnight. The fact the event was blessed with idyllic weather and some tantalising match-ups, as well as a resurgent Australian male contingent led by Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, combined with the pre-event expectations for Sam Stosur to shine, all played a part in helping to set the benchmark crowd figures.

2012 will go down as history making in so many aspects. It was the 100th playing of the men’s singles title – and what more fitting end than to have Rod Laver present the trophy to world #1 Novak Djokovic after a history making 5 hour 53 minute marathon. This epic match also broke many records – the longest Grand Slam final ever, the longest match at the Australian Open, the first time a player has lost 3 slam finals in a row (Nadal).

Many say our sports stars are overpaid and need a dose of humility – after watching the battle rage out on Rod Laver arena for just on 6 hours in searing heat, then to listen to the humble and uplifting responses from both Nadal and Djokovic at their press conferences at 4am this morning gives more than hope, that in tennis, at least, we have some quality role models for our young athletes to look up to.

The PRO.

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