The opening Grand Slam of the season is here! After much of the action off the court, we are finally witnessing the top players in action. Played at Melbourne Park, the Australian Open is home to some of the most amazing tennis and the most amazing crowds. While the players grind it out in the Australian summer, Billie Jean King revealed that the name “Happy Slam” was given to the Australian Open by the Maestro, Roger Federer.
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The American legend took to Twitter to convey that the Australian Open is often referred to as the ‘Happy Slam’. Explaining the reason behind this term, the former World Number 1 said, “this is because most players love it, and it is one of the grandest sporting spectacles in the Southern Hemisphere.”
It was Roger Federer who coined the term ‘Happy Slam’, added the American. Further, the 78-year-old legend said she misses watching Roger play.
Did you know the #AusOpen is often referred to as the “Happy Slam”?
This is because most players love it, & it is one of the grandest sporting spectacles in the Southern Hemisphere.
The player who coined the “Happy Slam”? @rogerfederer.
Will miss watching you play, Roger! pic.twitter.com/T14aYOSzIj
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 18, 2022
There is no doubt that all players on the tour look forward to the Australian Open each year. Moreover, it is the first major tennis tournament of the season and players enter the tournament after a well-deserved break during December.
They are eager to start their new season on a positive note by doing well here. Furthermore, for players from the Northern Hemisphere, where it’s winter right now, the pleasant summer is a welcome break.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles match against Tennys Sandgren of USA on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)
It’s often regarded as the players’ favorite Slam and the apparent nomenclator of the “Happy Slam” has certainly enjoyed playing Down Under, winning 6 of his 20 Grand Slam titles here.
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