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8 Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at the Australian Open

The Australian Open hasn’t always been the big deal it is today. Here’s a look at some of highs and lows in the tournament’s long history.

As one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the annual tennis cycle, the Australian Open is always easily among the most highly-anticipated sporting events of the year. The tournament, however, definitely had to go through a lot of growing pains, and many of the people who simply bet on the results on Fun88 Sportsbook these days may find it surprising that it took a good while for everything to fall into place.

So ahead of the upcoming 2019 Australian Open, here are eight bits of information about the tournament and its history that will likely give you a better appreciation for how it became the huge event it is today.

A championship by any other name

While the Australian Open technically dates all the way back to 1905, it hasn’t always been called that. After starting out as the Australasian Championships, the tournament had its name changed to the Australian Championships in 1927, three years after being designated a major championship, and then finally to the Australian Open in 1969.

A title that almost wasn’t worth the trip

Early on, the tournament struggled to attract both players and audience...

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