Call For Writers: The 2015 Australian Open Tennis

As if there wasn’t already enough elite sport happening with the 2015 Asian Cup, T20 cricket and the ICC World Cup not too far away, the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam begins this coming Monday, January 19th.

Like our football, soccer and cricket content, we want to hear your tennis stories, read your words about one of Australia’s most popular annual sporting events.

From tennis at the local Church courts played on the [time honoured – ed] en tout cas, chalk lines drawn on the road as kids, totem tennis championships on the beach in summer or weekend mornings at your tennis clubs, what does the sport mean to you?

Do you have a favourite tennis moment?

Is it Jimmy Connors and Aaron Krickstein’s epic fourth round marathon at the 1991 US Open? A broken (in both heart and spirit) Jana Novotna being consoled by the Duchess of Kent in front of the sporting world’s eyes after losing what appeared to be an un-losable 1993 Womens Singles final at Wimbledon?

Is it John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s insane 11-hour, 70-68 fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010, or Younes El Aynaoui and Andy Roddick’s 21-19 final-set Quarter Final in 2003? Pete Sampras in tears, battling Jim Courier in 1995 while Sampras’ mentor and friend Tim Gulikson lay dying on the other side of the world?

Borg and McEnroe’s classic 1980 Wimbledon Final?

Is there something about the modern era that grabs you? Is it the power game of the Williams sisters? The grace, precision and dominance of Steffi in the 80s and 90s?

Whatever it is, tennis – like so many sports – is littered with evocative moments, people and places. There are stories everywhere and we want to hear yours.

Whether you’re watching from home, or you’ve traveled from interstate or perhaps even from overseas to Melbourne Park, we’d love to publish your tennis memories, your match reviews, and your experiences of the 2015 Australian Open tennis.

Interested?

If you’re a regular Almanacker, you’ll know the drill. Go to it!

If you’re not already a Footy Almanac contributor, click here to learn how we publish your contributions, or you can email us at [email protected] for more information.

 

Comments

  1. Jill Scanlon says

    I can do some. I’m going for a couple of days next week (as I do every year) and will be watching and following results and progress otherwise

  2. 2009 Men’s Semi at Aus Open – Nadal v Verdasco. Absolute ripper. Let’s hope for more this year.

  3. G’day guys,

    I try to watch some Australian Open games, but cannot guarantee (sorry).

    But I can write stories about myself playing the sport (I used to play tennis regularly). Is it okay?

    Thanks.

    Yoshi

  4. More than ok Yoshi, we look forward to your tennis stories

  5. Thanks Steve. I will write tennis stories soon :) – Yoshi

  6. Sean Mortell says

    I can do some! I love watching the tennis, free to write about playing tennis or the Aussie Open! :)

  7. Peter Flynn says

    Dips,

    That match coincided with a 6 hour power blackout in parts of the Macedon Ranges.

    Almanac Admin, before the Connors v Krickstein match they were hitting partners and reasonable buddies. After shaking hands at the net, they have never spoken to each other.

  8. I’ve pretty much hated tennis most of my life (more so watchIng rather than playing).

    Coincidentally, having just read Andre Agassi’s biography (ironically, he also hated tennis), I might even have a smidgen of interest this year.

    And this is the first Oz Open since 2007 that I’m not actually working for Melbourne Park which hosts the event.

    Just don’t get me started on the philosophy behind the seeded draw.

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