Oz Open celebrates its 100th birthday
It began at a humble suburban cricket ground, has been played twice in New Zealand and was even once held in a zoo.
The Australian Open turns 100 this year, a remarkable feat for a tournament that has reinvented itself several times as it struggled to cement its place as the fourth Grand Slam of tennis.
Now billed as "The Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific", the tournament began in 1905 as the Australasian Championships soon after Australian and New Zealand officials formed the Australasian Lawn Tennis Association.
Seventeen men — women did not compete until 1922 — contested the inaugural tournament at the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground at Albert Park in Melbourne.
The Melbourne Cricket Club's Rodney Heath defeated Adelaide doctor Arthur Curtis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the final in front of around 5,000 spectators.
A century later, the Open is Australia's biggest annual sports event, attracting some 500,000 fans for two weeks each year to its state-of-the-art Melbourne Park home.