The Official Australian Open Book: Australia’s Greatest Global Sporting Event

by |November 25, 2010


Sound good?

As an exclusive offer to Booktopia customers, all buyers of The Official Australian Open Book will be in the running to receive one of three double passes to this iconic event.

Please note that transport to Melbourne is not included.

(for those Sydneysiders who have not heard of Melbourne click here to see a map)

We have tickets to give away to three lucky buyers of The Official Australian Open Book . You could receive

* Two Women’s Finals tickets at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 29th January valued at $579.80 or

* One of two double passes to the Hisense Arena on Saturday 22nd January valued at $99.80.

We will contact the recipients by email and announce their names in the Booktopia Blog on December 15.

The Official Australian Open Book will bring to life the many fascinating aspects of the Australian Open brand, from its humble beginnings to the huge event it has become: the dramas that have unfolded on and off the court, the organisations and the personalities responsible for the rise in prestige and prize money, the spectators, the celebrities, the fashion – and the controversies – that have made modern tennis, and the Australian Open, so exciting.

At the beginning of each year, a city within a city is constructed in just 6 weeks at Melbourne Park in the centre of Melbourne. By the end of January, a huge global television audience is immersed in the sporting dramas unfolding in the midst of this City, the home of the Australian Open.

See inside the book and read an extract here.

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From the publisher:

The Official Australian Open Book by Alan Tengrove, Darren Saligari, Suzi Petkovski and Charlotte James provides a comprehensive overview of the tournament, from on-court drama to behind-the-scenes insights, in the words of some of Australia’s top tennis commentators.

Alan Trengove, the doyen of Australian tennis writers, contributes an insightful memoir looking back at more than 50 years of tennis reporting. He writes about his love affair with tennis with elegance and insight.

Suzi Petkovski, respected tennis writer for Inside Sport magazine among other publications, pays tribute to the 20 most influential players of the Australian Open, beginning with the current champion, Roger Federer. Suzi’s question, is Federer the GOAT? (Greatest Of All Time) is one that is much debated, and Australian Open 2011 will provide another chapter in the ongoing story of this great champion’s career. Suzi also reminds us of the Open’s memorable moments and great rivalries, accompanied by exciting photographs to help you relive the action.

The book also documents the many paths (and venues) that led to the current ‘Aussie’ open, the world-class event held each year at Melbourne Park that draws so many visitors to Melbourne and attracts a world-wide television audience. The book explores tournament’s evolution from its beginnings as an Australasian tournament staged first in 1905 to its current incarnation as the Grand Slam of Asia– Pacific. The identity of the Australian Open we know today was forged in the 1980s, a process documented by a fascinating series of Australian Open posters featured in the book.

Today’s tournament is a huge sports and entertainment event, requiring the building of a virtual city at Melbourne Park in the first week of January. The Official Australian Open Book takes you behind the scenes of this tennis ‘city’ – into the locker rooms, the media rooms and even into the minds of the players as they prepare for what might just be the defining match of their career.

With 208 pages of stunning images, The Official Australian Open Book is the perfect Christmas gift for all those ‘tennis tragics’ who can’t wait until January.

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