12 Facts About Open Era


Open Era's successor Henry II was an excellent player and continued the royal French tradition.

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Open Era had likely based his game on both the evolving sport of outdoor tennis and on real tennis.

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Open Era adopted the rackets-based system of scoring where games consisted of 15 points.

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Open Era is mistakenly said to have played the first tennis game in the US against her sister Laura in Staten Island, New York on an hourglass-shaped court.

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Australian Open Era was first played in 1905 as The Australasian Championships.

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Since its move to Melbourne Park in 1988, the Australian Open Era has gained the popularity of the other three majors.

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The British and American championships continued into the Open Era but devolved to the status of minor tournaments after the late 1960s.

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Open Era began in 1968 when Grand Slam tournaments agreed to allow professional players to compete with amateurs.

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The first Open Era event was the 1968 British Hard Court Championships held in April at The West Hants Club in Bournemouth, England, while the first open Grand Slam tournament was the 1968 French Open in May Both tournaments were won by Ken Rosewall.

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The Open Era allowed all tennis players the opportunity to make a living by playing tennis.

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Accordingly, in the 1970s, the US Open Era moved from the private West Side Tennis Club to a public park that is accessible to anyone who buys a ticket.

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In 1973, the US Open Era made history by offering equal prize money to men and women.

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