The Australian Open, first held in 1905, is the first of the four major tennis tournaments of the year. This 2014 Australian Open featured some of the most entertaining matches in Australian Open history. Topping the tournament off was the gut-wrenching men’s final between world #8 Stanislas Wawrinka and world #1 Rafael Nadal. Prior to the final, Wawrinka never won a match against Nadal. However, this meeting between the two would be different. In a match written by the tennis gods, Wawrinka defeated the injured Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win the championship match.
The global and ISM community have been buzzing about the finish of this year’s Australian Open. Two IASAS tennis sophomores shared their thoughts on the match.
“I was impressed by Nadal’s sportsmanship and will power to continue the match (and not retire). Despite, his injury he was still able to fight back and give Wawrinka and the fans a complete final, which won my respect! Overall, I thought the final showcased amazing character and skill from both ends of the court.”
“I felt ecstatic that a new player outside of the big four (Nadal, Federer, Murray and Djokovic) won a major or grand slam. Moreover I was extremely happy for Stan because he finally won a major.”
Tennis IASAS is about to begin and many are looking forward to the tournament. Singles 2 player Stefan Suarez said, “I am really excited to participate in my second IASAS tournament.” He is also was excited to see his teammates succeed. “I am really happy that so many sophomores are participating in this year’s tournament. I am also looking forward to watching Joachim [Samson] play, considering this is his second IASAS in KL.” Coming off a gold medal season, many people are hopeful that ISM can defend the title; however, the Australian Open showed us that no one is guaranteed to win. Stefan added, “I realize we have high expectations. I have high expectations for myself too. Anything less than gold would be a disappointment.”