With the first Grand Slam of the year just around the corner, it promises to provide the first of many iconic tennis memories for this year. We look back at some of the finest moments from tennis’ version of thunder Down Under.
In the 1995 quarterfinal, Pete Sampras broke down in tears against Jim Courier. Sampras continued the match and eventually won it even after losing the opening two sets.
Birth of a champion
In the 2008 Men’s final, Novak Djokovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to claim his maiden Grand Slam title. He now has 12 Grand Slam titles to go with six Australian Open titles, the most by any player.
Perfect farewell to the grass court
The last Australian Open played on a grass court produced a nail-biting finale in 1987 between Sweden's Stefan Edberg and Australia’s Pat Cash. Edberg outplayed Cash in the fifth set to claim his second Grand Slam title.
Courier goes for a swim
When Jim Courier defeated Stefan Edberg in the 1992 Men’s final he decided to celebrate the victory by diving into the Yara river with his coach. Interestingly, both of them repeated the celebration after defending their title the following year.
Water, water everywhere
The 1995 Men’s semi-final between Andre Agassi and Aaron Krisckstein saw a power outage causing the Flinders Park drainage system to fail and allowing a massive amount of rainwater to surge onto the court.