The organization of the Australian Open 2021 has long been troubled because of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world. In the state of Victoria there have been many protests, related to direct flights to Australia, which have brought new positives to the country and a lot of controversy.
Controversy also for the different quarantine between top-players and other tennis players, in Adelaide and Melbourne. But now it's time to play, now it's time to rewrite history. And, talking about history, there are some names inextricably linked to the history of the greatest tennis tournaments and the Australian Open are no exception.
Men's record: Novak Djokovic holds the record of men's singles titles (7: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), while Roy Emerson holds the record of consecutively titles won (5, from 1963 to 1967). Adrian Quist holds the record of titles in men's doubles (10: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950), while Harry Hopman and Colin Long are the ones who hold the record of titles won by a man in mixed doubles (4, Hopman in 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939, Long in 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948).
With 13 titles (3 in the men's singles, 10 in the men's doubles), Adrian Quist is the most successful man in the history of the Australian Open. Women's record: Margaret Smith holds the women's singles record (11 titles: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973); Smith also holds the record for consecutively titles won (7: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966).
Thelma Coyne Long holds the recod of titles won in the women's doubles (12: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958), while Daphne Akhurst, Nell Hall Hopman, Nancye Wynne Bolton and Thelma Coyne Long herself hold the record of titles won by a woman in mixed doubles (4, Akhurst in 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, Hall Hopman in 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939, Wynne Bolton in 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948 and Coyne Long in 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955).
With 20 titles (6 in women's singles, 10 in women's doubles and 4 in mixed doubles) Nancye Wynne Bolton is the most successful woman and the most successful tennis player ever in the history of the Australian Open.
The other records at the Australian Open
Ken Rosewall is the youngest player to won the men's singles (in 1952, at 18 years-old and 2 months), while Martina Hingis is the youngest player to won the women's singles (in 1997 at 16 years-old and 4 months).
Ken Rosewall is also the oldest player to won the men's singles (in 1972 at 38 years-old and 8 months), while Thelma Coyne Long is the oldest player twon the women's doubles (in 1954 at 35 years-old and 8 months).
Horace Rice is the oldest tennis player ever to won a title (the men's doubles of 1923 at 52 years-old), while Mirjana Lučić-Baroni is the youngest player ever to have won a title (the women's doubles of 1998, at 15 years-old and 10 months).
The 2012 final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is the longest match in the history of the Australian Open (5 hours and 53 minutes).