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Historic Australian Open winners


We’re less than a month away from the first Grand Slam tournament of 2019, the Australian Open. Although it has the smallest prize pot of all four Grand Slam tournaments, it is one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport and all players have aspirations of winning it.

According to the Australian Open 2019 odds, last year’s winner Rodger Federer is amongst the favourites to win the competition. You’re able to view the odds here: https://www.paddypower.com/tennis/australian-open-2019

The experienced professional has won the tournament six times, and could make history as the most successful player in the competition if he wins it again this year.

Here’s a list of other tennis players who have made history in the Australian Open:

Rodney Heath

You can’t talk about historic winners without mentioning the first ever winner of the tournament. Not much is known about the inaugural tournament winner prior to his Grand Slam win, but it is believed that he won a couple of regional competitions.

In the 1905 Australian Open, Rodney Heath eased his way to the trophy, only dropping two sets along the way. The most impressive result was a 6-3, 9-11, 6-3, 6-1 victory in the semi-final against Randolph Lycett who was the only British player in the tournament.

Heath did manage to win the 1910 tournament as well, but his victory in the first tournament will be remember forever.

Roy Emerson

Whilst Rodney Heath might have been the first ever winner of the tournament, Roy Emerson is arguably one of the most successful having won the tournament consecutively five times in a row.

The Australian first won the Grand Slam tournament in 1961 when he defeated Rod Laver 1–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 in the final. However, it is his five consecutive wins from 1963 and 1967 which have made him one of the most recognisable winners in the history of the tournament.

After a narrow defeat to Rod Laver in the 1962, Emerson bounced back and dominated the tournament for the next five years, only losing three sets along the way. The closest he came to losing his consecutive win streak was in 1965 where he found himself two sets down. Fortunately, he bounced back and won the next three sets to secure the championship.

Although the ‘Open Era’ of tennis began in the late 1960s, no-one has managed to come close to matching Emerson’s record.

Ken Rosewall

In between Roy Emerson’s record-breaking period of dominance, Ken Roswell broke a couple of records himself.

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From a young age, Rosewell showed huge promise in the sport and became the Australian Open winner in 1953 at the age of 18. He was the youngest winner in the tournaments history and is a record that has yet to be broken.

His move to professional tennis in the middle of the 1950s meant that he missed around 45 Grand Slam tournaments during the prime of his career. However, he did dominate the Pro Slam tournaments that he competed in.

The beginning of the ‘Open Era’ at the end of the 1960s meant that the Australian had the chance to compete in the Grand Slam tournaments he played in at the start of his career. Despite being well in his thirties, Rosewell enjoyed some success in the Grand Slam tournaments and won the Australian Open twice. His victory in 1972 was a monumental one as he became the oldest player to win the tournament. Like his other record, this still hasn’t been broken.



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