Mena€™s final set for centenary Australian open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The centenary Australian Open will feature the first night men's final in a Grand Slam event.

Melbourne : The centenary Australian Open will feature the first night men's final in a Grand Slam event, organisers confirmed at the launch of the 2005 tournament. The Australian Open began as the Australasian Championships in 1905 in Melbourne. It was held twice in New Zealand and rotated around Australia's mainland capitals before finding a permanent home in Melbourne in the 1970s. "Winning a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of a player's career. Add in the prestige of becoming champion in the centenary year and we can expect this Australian Open to have an extra special edge," said Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard. Pollard said that the men's final, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm local time on Sunday, Jan 30, will attract a broader international audience because it will be screened in prime time in Australia, during the afternoon in Asian time zones and Sunday morning in Europe. "It's now in daylight hours in Europe." It's great hours in Asia so it's a real step forward for worldwide coverage and interest and viewership," he said. The 2005 edition will feature a prize pool of USD 13.77 million, with the men's and women's singles champions earning just over USD 865,000 each. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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