The Australian Open is a sporting event that year after year has rewarded the best tennis players in the world. And, throughout the history of this important event, there have been many incredible surprises.
Below you can read a list of some of the best surprises this event has given us.
Petr Korda, winner of ‘98
This Czech star managed to become number 2 in the world. Unfortunately, he tested positive for anabolic nandrolone at Wimbledon and was expelled for a year. He never competed again.
Thomas Johansson, 2002 Champion
He managed to win as his competitor, Marat Safin, had been out partying the night before the match. This brought him consequences and Thomas managed to win. He did not win any more titles that year. After several injuries, he retired at the age of 34.
Marcos Baghdatis, Runner Up 2006
In 2008 in Melbourne, a game against Lleyton Hewitt ended at 4:38 in the morning.
Amelie Mauresmo, Runner Up ‘99
She won in Melbourne in 2006 taking the Australian Open victory. She retired in 2009 and is currently Andy Murray’s coach.
Jennifer Capriati, Winner 2001
Capriati managed to beat two of the best tennis players in the world against all odds. Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. One of the most incredible memories in the history of the tournament.
Li Na, Runner Up 2011
In 2011 she became the first Asian finalist in this championship. She stole the hearts of the whole world with her great sense of humour.
Surely the Grand Slam will still be the scene of many more unforgettable moments to come.