The new name in the Grand Slam title. In the pass few years, the Men Grand Slam winner is only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal but this year the newly crowned Men and Women Australian Open 2008 champion Novak Jovokic and Maria Sharapova had won the applause from the crowd so do their opponent. Both the champs share a similarity as the first time Australian Open, Grand Slam title winner in their name. Both the runner-up JW Tsonga and Ana Ivanovic had proved they are the "must watch" player in the next tournament or Grand Slam in the Men and Women tennis. Their "never-die" attitude represents them, and they fought all the way to the finals and still fighting for the crown.
A little fact you should know about the Australian Open 2008: quoted from australianopen.com
Australian Open 2008 has set crowd records with the current number of fans through the gates during the tournament standing at 584,476 (at the end of Day 13), already surpassing last year’s previous record for overall attendance of 554,858. It is the ninth consecutive year that the tournament has attracted more than half a million patrons.
Day four of the tournament saw another record set with the highest ever Grand Slam day/night combined attendance, with 62,885 fans through the gates. This broke the record of 61,083 which was achieved by the US Open on Saturday 1 September 2007.
A star-studded men’s and women’s singles draw included eight men’s Grand Slam champions and seven women’s Grand Slam champions and all of the top 32 women and 30 of the top 32 men . A total of 45 nations were represented in the singles main draws (32 countries in the men’s singles and 37 countries in the women’s singles).
What next? The French Open (May-June 2008)