The Australian Open

The Australian Open Championships for men began in 1905 and for women in 1922 and moved between the major Australian cities until the 1970's. On two occasions it was played in New Zealand.

In 1972 the annual event found a home on the grass courts of Kooyong and remained there until 1988 when it moved to the newly built National Tennis Centre at Flinders Park.

Many of the greats of Australian and international tennis graced the courts during those later years including Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Chris Evert, Chris O'Neil and Martina Navratilova in the women's and John Newcombe, Jimmy Connors, Mark Edmondson, Guillermo Vilas, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg in the men's.

Results 1972 – 1987 were:

Ladies Results

1972

Virginia Wade GBR (2) v Evonne Goolagong AUS (1) 6/4 6/4

1973

Margaret Court AUS (1) v Evonne Goolagong AUS (2) 6/4 7/5

1974

Evonne Goolagong GBR (2) v Chris Evert USA (1) 7/6 4/6 6/0

1975

Evonne Goolagong AUS (3) v Martina Navratilova TCH (8) 6/3 6/2

1976

Evonne Cawley AUS v Renata Tomonova (5) TCH 6/2 6/2

1977 (JANUARY)

Kerry Reid AUS (2) v Dianne Fromholtz (1) AUS 7/5 6/2

1977 (DECEMBER)

Evonne Cawley AUS (1) v Helen Cawley (5) AUS 6/3 6/0

1978

Chris O'Neil AUS v Betsy Nagelsen USA (7) 6/3 7/6

1979

Barbara Jordan USA (5) v Sharon Walsh USA (4) 6/3 6/3

1980

Hana Mandlikova TCH (3) v Wendy Turnbull AUS (4) 6/0 7/5

1981

Martina Navratilova USA (3) v Chris Evert-Lloyd USA (1) 6/7(4) 6/4 7/5

1982

Chris Evert-Lloyd USA (2) v Martina Navratilova USA (1) 6/3 2/6 6/3

1983

Martina Navratilova USA (1) v Kathy Jordan USA (9) 6/2 7/6

1984

Chirs Evert-Lloyd USA (2) v Helena Sukova TCH (9) 6/7(4) 6/1 6/3

1985

Martina Navratilova USA (2) v Chris Evert-Lloyd USA (1) 6/2 4/6 6/2

1987

Hana Mandlikova CZE (2) v Martina Navratilova USA (1) 7/5 7/6(1)

Mens Results

1972

Ken Rosewall AUS (2) v Mal Anderson AUS (8) 7/6 6/3 7/5

1973

John Newcombe AUS (2) v Onny Parun NZL (12) 6/3 6/7 7/5 6/1

1974

Jimmy Connors USA (2) v Phil Dent AUS (9) 7/6 6/4 4/6 6/3

1975

John Newcombe AUS (2) v Jimmy Connors USA (1) 7/5 3/6 6/4 7/6

1976

Mark Edmondson AUS v John Newcombe AUS (2) 6/7 6/3 7/6 6/1

1977 (JANUARY)

Roscoe Tanner USA (2) v Guillermo Vilas ARG (1) 6/3 6/3 6/3

1977 (DECEMBER)

Vitas Gerulaitis USA (1) v John Lloyd GBR (12) 6/3 7/6 5/7 3/6 6/2

1978

Guillermo Vilas ARG (1) v John Marks AUS 6/4 6/4 3/6 6/3

1979

Guillermo Vilas ARG (1) v John Sadri USA (6) 7/6 6/3 6/2

1980

Brian Teacher USA (8) v Kim Warwick AUS (14) 7/5 7/6 6/2

1981

Johan Kriek RSA (4) v Steve Denton USA 6/2 7/6 6/7 6/4

1982

Johan Kriek RSA (1) v Steve Denton USA (2) 6/3 6/3 6/2

1983

Mats Wilander SWE (3) v Ivan Lendl TCH (1) 6/1 6/4 6/4

1984

Mats Wilander SWE (2) v Kevin Curren (9) USA 6/7 6/4 7/6 6/2

1985

Stefan Edberg SWE (5) v Mats Wilander SWE (3) 6/4 6/3 6/3

1987

Stefan Edberg SWE (4) v Pat Cash AUS (11) 6/3 6/4 3/6 5/7 6/3