Organisers of next year's Australian Open have announced that the Ladies
final at next year's tournament will be the best of five sets. This can be
seen as a response to some suggestions that the Ladies final is proving to
be of much less interest compared to that of the Mens. Tennis
Australia also feel that spectators are not getting value for money. This
move is a first for a Grand Slam event.
Tournament director of this year's event, Colin Stubbs, was two weeks ago
sacked. This can be seen as a response to the poor attendences at this
year's tournament especially over the last 4 days. The new tournament
director for next year's event is Paul McNamee, former Australian Davis
Cup player and tournament director for the Hopman Cup in Perth
for the last five years.
Another change for next year's event is the scheduling of matches in the
second week of the tournament. This will result in the Ladies and Mens final
being played on the same day. Furthermore work is progressing on the expansion
of the National Tennis Centre where two more stadium courts, more practice
courts, a gymnasium, hotel and increased player, media and spectator areas
are being built.
Monash Uni., Melbourne, Australia