Australian Open, Melbourne
January 11, 1988; 128 Draw – $699,984; Surface – Hard
Just 6 out of Top 20 guys participated in the first edition at Flinders Park. Nevertheless Mats Wilander‘s triumph is fully legitimate because the best player for three years – Ivan Lendl – was there, also second best at the time & two-time defending champion Stefan Edberg, as well as national hero Pat Cash, whom Wilander beat in one of the most entertaining finals in the Open era.
Long the weak sister in tennis’ grand slam, the Australian Open debuts today in a new facility and with a new surface in hopes of bouncing back to respectability. Several tennis stories bear watching in 1988 along with the Open, the year’s first major tournament:
– Can top-ranked Ivan Lendl, who lost in the semifinals of last year’s Open to Australian Pat Cash, achieve one of his remaining goals and capture the Australian, French and U.S. opens and Wimbledon for the grand slam?
– Will any up-and-coming USA men leave a calling card at the Open? And can the top USA male stars, none of whom are playing in Melbourne, recapture any glory?
“It would be nice, for once, to start the year strong,” says Lendl, who has won the French and U.S. opens but never the Australian Open or Wimbledon. “We will then see if anything can come out of it. Either way, I’m going to be competitive. I want to win the four grand slams in the one (calendar) year. The next best would be to win the four grand slams throughout your career.”
The highest ranking USA male in the Australian Open is Paul Annacone, No. 31. Says Annacone: “I hope ’88 is going to be a turning point for American tennis, and the positive side, not negative, is projected.” Asked about his being the highest ranking male at Melbourne, Annacone says: “Actually, it’s kind of strange. A lot of Americans find it hard to come down here, it’s such a long way. Although it’s a grand slam and it’s exciting with the new facility, overall opinion is it’s too far to come for one tournament. Financially, it’s also a bind. I would have to do really well, what with 29 percent taxes, $2,000 for air fare and $2,000 for hotels. A lot of the players like to skip it and work for the American indoor circuit.” John McEnroe is not playing the Open this year because of a back problem, and Jimmy Connors, 35, is cutting his schedule. That a sneak peek at some of the answers for Lendl and others will come during the Australian Open is only part of the renewed vitality of this two-week tournament. Foremost is the change in scenery from the private club in Kooyong, a Melbourne suburb, to the public facility downtown. Of particular interest is the $50 million stadium, with a retractable roof, and the switch from grass courts to something comparable to the surface at the U.S. Open. The new facility – with 13 outdoor and five indoor courts – is close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, site of the 1956 Summer Olympics. Center court has seating for 15,000, and the two show courts can hold 3,000 and 6,000 fans. Also pleasing to most players is the switch from grass courts, a fast surface where the ball bounces low and irregularly. That favors the serve-and-volley players, such as Navratilova, Cash and two-time defending champion Stefan Edberg of Sweden. But because so few tournaments remain on grass, such as Wimbledon, the majority of players don’t practice enough on that surface and prefer not to play on it. And the name of the game in pro tennis is attracting as many star players as possible. Thus, the switch to the “Rebound Ace” surface, composed of ground tires and supposedly less stressful to a player’s body. Edberg is one of a handful of players capable of challenging for the No. 1 ranking if Lendl can’t maintain his extraordinary level of self-motivation. Lendl thinks he can: “Why get satisfied with 75 percent when you can achieve 100 percent. I think I have a chance to win everything. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t play anywhere.” Lendl looks to Edberg, Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte and Cash as his prime challengers at the Australian Open. Wimbledon champion Cash is the man in Australia, much as Graf and Boris Becker are mega-stars in West Germany. Cash’s rise into the top-10 rankings has revived the country’s tennis interest, slumping since the days of Rod Laver, John Newcombe and Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Cash is determined to keep it going, even if the new surface is not his favorite. “Obviously, I lose the slight experience edge from the grass courts,” he says. If the seeded players win their matches as expected, Lendl and Cash will meet again in the semifinals. Another distraction could be an expected anti-apartheid demonstration aimed at Cash and others who played in the recent South African Open. “I’m going to be concentrating so hard I probably won’t even notice the demonstrators,” Cash says.
First round: AP
Top-seeded Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia defeated Australian teen-ager Bryan Roe 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-2 in the first round of the $1.9 million Australian Open championships today. Lendl, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, outclassed the 18-year-old left-hander, playing his first match in a Grand Slam event. But the Australian displayed remarkable poise in front of a center-court crowd and even held a set point in the second set before Lendl re-established control. Australian Pat Cash, who was the target of anti-apartheid protesters, won his first-round match in the new National Tennis Center in straight sets. Playing in front of a hometown crowd, Cash defeated Thomas Muster of Austria 7-5, 6-1, 6-4. Cash not only had to conquer Muster, he also had to concentrate despite demonstrations by groups of protesters who threw black balls onto the court during the first set. Six spectators were ejected from the stands. The demonstrators were protesting Cash’s visit to South Africa to play in the South African Open late last year (Cash won that tournament, Johannesburg). ”He’s a heck of a player. I’m delighted to win like that,” Cash said. ‘‘I was prepared for a five-set match.” He was fined $5000 for swearing at a linesman in the final game. France’s Jerome Potier  upset 13th-seeded Paul Annacone 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, leaving the United States without a seeded player remaining in the men’s draw. Yannick Noah of France, the fifth seed, had to save two match points in a marathon before defeating Roger Smith of the Bahamas 6-7(7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 16-14 in his first-round match. Noah, still struggling with a long-standing groin injury, saved the match points in the 16th game (7:8) of the final set. ”After I saved the match points, I felt much stronger,” said the world No. 8, who was playing his first tournament match for three months. The match lasted 4 hours 51 minutes breaking the previous Aussie Open record of 1970 when Dennis Ralston defeated John Newcombe after a 10-minute shorter battle. Australian “wild card” juniors: Jason Stoltenberg  and Todd Woodbridge  celebrated the opening of the new $60 million National Tennis Center with first-round victories in the $1.9 million Australian Open today. Stoltenberg, 17, the world’s top junior in 1987, advanced to the second round of the 128-draw men’s singles with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 triumph over American Jon Levine. The 16-year-old Woodbridge, and the world’s fourth-ranked junior, crushed American John Letts 6-2, 6-0, 6-1. His first Grand Slam match won also 17-year-old Richard Fromberg [392, WC], who ousted Marc Flur 6-2, 6-7, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4. For Woodbridge and Fromberg it was second main level tournament, 7th for Stoltenberg. Also advancing was American Matt Anger, who crushed English Davis Cup player Andrew Castle 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. The first Grand Slam tournament of the year got off to a low-key start in brilliant sunshine, although more than 10,000 spectators filled the 15,000 capacity Center Court. Interest centered on the new hardcourt Rebound Ace surface and the newly-introduced South Korean-made Nassau balls. The Open previously was played on grass courts at nearby Kooyong. Defending champion Stefan Edberg believes the new synthetic Rebound Ace surface for the Open will benefit Lendl, the world’s top-ranked player. Lendl is the biggest threat to Edberg’s becoming the first player since Roy Emerson in 1965 to capture three consecutive Australian titles. Edberg, seeded second, lacked rhythm early but beat American Marty Davis 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5. Third-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden won his first-round match, defeating Richey Reneberg of the United States 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-3.
Second round: Houston Cronicle
Ivan Lendl, seeking his first Australian Open singles crown, made quick work of second-round foe today. Lendl, 27, thrashed American Matt Anger 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in just 1 hour, 29 minutes to power his way into the third round of the $1.9 million Australian Open Tennis Championships. Lendl won 90 percent of points when he got his first serve in and hit a plethora of winners on both backhand and forehand, mainly from the back of the court. Anger, clearly flustered, made a number of unforced errors. Lendl’s mistakes, by contrast, were almost negligible. “But if I made six errors, that’s still six too many,” Lendl said. Wimbledon champion Pat Cash stamped himself as a serious contender in the Australian Open tennis championships with a 6-1, 7-6(7), 6-3 victory over fellow Australian Carl Limberger on Wednesday. Aside from moving Cash into the third round, the victory helped still talk that the 22-year old doesn’t look good on an surface but grass. Cash played impressively on the new synthetic Rebound Ace. The hometown favorite next faces another local figure, Paul McNamee, in the third round of the $1.9 million event. The 33-year-old McNamee , a former Davis Cup player, plans to retire following the Open (he did it indeed). Lendl, who was critical of Cash’s performances on surfaces other than grass after he lost to Cash in last year’s Wimbledon final, made just six unforced errors Wednesday. Fifth seed Yannick Noah of France found his touch late in his second-round match. He defeated Italy’s Massimiliano Narducci 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Noah was joined in the third round by 12th seed Christo van Rensburg of South Africa, who downed Nigerian Tony Mmoh 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Frenchman Henri Leconte, the seventh seed, advanced with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australian Peter Doohan. Other seeds to advance included Sweden’s Jonas B. Svensson and Australian Wally Masur, the 14th and 16th seeds, respectively. Both defending champion Stefan Edberg and former titleholder Mats Wilander powered into the third round with victories at the National Tennis Center. Edberg, aiming for his third successive title, trounced West German Alexander Mronz 6-4, 6-3, 6-1, while third-seeded Wilander, the winner in 1983 and 1984, whipped Australian Simon Youl 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Another Swede, sixth-seeded Anders Jarryd, and No. 8 Slobodan Zivojinovic of Yugoslavia also moved into the round of 32 in the first Grand Slam event of the season, but Swede Peter Lundgren, seeded 11th, was ousted. Jarryd won 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4 over Gian Luca Pozzi of Italy and Zivojinovic beat Steve Shaw of Great Britain 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3.
Third round: AP
Ivan Lendl, the No. 1 tennis player in the world and the top seed in the $1.9 million the Australian Open, won easily today. But two other seeds were upset in stifling hot conditions. Lendl posted a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 rout of Australian left-hander Mark Woodforde. The temperature during Lendl’s victory approached 104 degrees (40 Celsius), while the court surface was a sizzling 130. ”It was very warm out there and it was burning my feet,” Lendl said after his one-hour, 43-minute match. ”I was trying to coast at about 75 percent,” Lendl said. “I was pacing myself because the heat was so unbelievable.” Fifth-seeded Yannick Noah also won, grinding down Eddie Edwards 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 in 2:15. But Todd Witsken, ranked 153rd in the world, upset seventh- seeded Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, and Michiel Schapers ousted No. 12 Christo van Rensburg 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Later Friday, Wimbledon champion Pat Cash rolled to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 victory over compatriot and close friend Paul McNamee. McNamee, a former Davis Cup player, announced prior to the event that it would be his last before retirement. Cash said that made no difference in his approach to the match. ”We are great friends off the court, but on the court we are enemies,” he said. “I gave 100 percent because I know he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.” Cash said his purpose was to win matches. ”That’s what matters, and I feel I am playing better with every game.” Other men to advance include 14th-seeded Swede Jonas B. Svensson and Australian Wally Masur, the 16th seed. Svensson endured a tough match with compatriot Niklas Kroon before winning 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, and Masur beat Davis Cup nemesis Ramesh Krishnan of India 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Masur, who defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in the fourth round of last year’s Open, will meet Lendl in the fourth round. In men’s action Saturday, a pair of Swedes, two-time champion Mats Wilander and Anders Jarryd. both advanced to the fourth round. Wilander, the third seed, beat fellow Swede Magnus Gustafsson 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, while Jarryd, seeded sixth, downed American Paul Chamberlin 7-5, 6-1, 6-2. Wilander expressed satisfaction with his victory, even though Gustafsson appeared nervous and made numerous unforced errors. “I’m playing pretty good,” Wilander said. “I feel strong and the heat isn’t bothering me.” Jarryd said, “I think I can improve my game a little more. I’m not moving as well as I usually do. I’m still having a little trouble with my timing on this surface.” Australian junior champion Jason Stoltenberg, 17, the world’s top-ranked junior, advanced to the last 16 in men’s play by beating Joey Rive  of Puerto Rico 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Stoltenberg moved through losing 2.1 games on average in a set in his three matches! Rive was hampered by an injury to his right knee and played with the knee in a brace, hampering his movement. Stoltenberg, the world’s No. 1 junior last year, would be an awkward opponent, Stefan Edberg said. ”You never really know what’s going to happen in a match like that because he has nothing to lose. It’s nice when you’re young and playing in front of your home crowd because everyone gets behind you.” Edberg eliminated Dan Goldie 6-4, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Fourth round: AP
Defending champion Stefan Edberg scored an unconvincing 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Australian teen-ager Jason Stoltenberg Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $1.9 million Australian Open Tennis Championships. Also posting fourth-round victories Monday were third-seeded Mats Wilander of Sweden and Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union. Edberg, 21, aiming to win the men’s singles for the third straight time, never approached his peak form during the one-hour, 36-minute match. The powerful Swede frequently found himself extended by Stoltenberg, a 17-year-old ranked just 330th in the world. But Edberg had enough variety of shots to beat his opponent, who is the world’s No. 1 junior. “I had problems with my concentration today,” Edberg admitted. “The kid played very well. He got a lot of balls back.” Edberg, the No. 2 seed, will face Chesnokov in the quarterfinals. A French Open quarter-finalist in 1986, the 21-year-old Chesnokov reached the quarters by defeating West German Carl-Uwe Steeb 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. “I’m good at fast-court tennis,” Chesnokov said. “I’m pleased with my form. I’ve got good touch at the moment.” Wilander, twice the Australian Open winner, scored an impressive 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Christian Saceanu of West Germany. Ivan Lendl, the No. 1 seed and the world’s top-ranked player, beat Australian Davis Cup player Wally Masur, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, in earning a quarter-final berth against the only American survivor, Todd Witsken. Pat Cash of Australia delighted a huge crowd with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over 14th-seeded Jonas B. Svensson of Sweden. Cash’s next opponent is Dutchman Michiel Schapers, who upset fifth-seeded Yannick Noah of France, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 7-6(4), in a fourth-round match. Schapers  recorded a similarly surprising result three years ago in this tournament, defeating Boris Becker. Noah, a former French Open champion, said after his loss that he planned to cut back on his use of cigarettes, alcohol and his party going. “I’ll have to change a few things. I’m not in good enough shape to overpower my opponents,” Noah said. “I’m going to work very hard. You need to be 100 percent in top-level tennis.” Schapers said he hoped his victory would lift interest in tennis in his country. “Bjorn Borg had a great effect on tennis in Sweden and so did Becker in Germany” he said. “Maybe I could do the same in Holland.” Schapers said his victory over Noah was much better than his triumph over Becker in 1985. “I was smart and played well today,” he said. Schapers barely survived the first round in which he struggled past qualifier Ivo Werner  3-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 12-10. Cash, the fourth seed, is aiming for his second title in a Grand Slam event (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open). He had control at the net and appeared in a hungry and ruthless mood Sunday night, winning in 1 hour, 57 minutes. “Jonas is one of the toughest players around, particularly on hard courts, so I was pleased to win that well,” Cash said. “I beat him easier than I expected, and I’m doing certain things better with each match.” Witsken, a former Southern Cal All-American ranked 153rd in the world, scored a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 fourth-round triumph over unseeded Menno Oosting of The Netherlands. Witsken of Carmel, Ind., who upset seventh-seeded Henri Leconte of France in the third round, outclassed Oosting, who made a series of volleying errors. It was Witsken’s only Grand Slam quarterfinal. Also moving into the final eight were Anders Jarryd, who outlasted unseeded John Frawley, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 6-2, in a marathon lasting 4 hours, 9 minutes. ”I feel very happy with myself, that I could be out there four hours and still come back to win the match,” Jarryd said. ”When I won the fourth set I felt like now I’ve got a really good chance to win the match.” Still, Wilander and Edberg did not give Jarryd much of a chance to win the tournament. They felt Cash, the Wimbledon champion, and top-ranked Lendl were the only threats to them. ”I think the surface is playing very true and to beat one of the top guys somebody has to play very well,” Wilander said. ”I think all four are playing well. Lendl looks like he’s playing all right, Cash is playing very well, Edberg seems like he has picked up his game and I’m playing good too.”
Wimbledon champion Pat Cash trounced unseeded Michiel Schapers of the Netherlands in straight sets today, setting up a rematch with top-seeded Ivan Lendl in the semifinals of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Lendl, who like the fourth-seeded Cash has yet to drop a set in the tournament, blitzed unseeded Todd Witsken, the final remaining American man, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(4). Cash, 22, the only player to beat Lendl in a Grand Slam tournament last year, defeated Schapers, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, in 1 hour, 39 minutes. “You can always improve, but I’m very happy with my form,” said the Australian, who beat Lendl in last year’s Australian Open semifinals and in the Wimbledon final. Said Lendl: “I just hope history doesn’t repeat itself.” Lendl is aiming for his seventh Grand Slam title and the 71st tournament victory of his career. Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg of Sweden figured to meet in the semifinals of the Australian Open and they will. But Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union almost ruined the anticipated battle of the two friends. Edberg had to survive a torrid match with Chesnokov on Wednesday before winning, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4, in just under three hours while third-seeded Wilander reached the semifinal when he downed another Swede, sixth-seeded Anders Jarryd, 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-3. Edberg, the defending champion and second seed, has played Wilander on 13 occasions, with Wilander holding an 8-5 advantage. “I know what I can do. I know I can beat all the other players in the tournament,” said Wilander. “But I will have to play very well to do it.” Wilander, 23, said he felt conditions at the new $60 million National Tennis Center where the tournament is being played, would help him for than it would Edberg. “I think the wind suits my game a bit better than a serve-and-volley game – especially with Edberg’s serve,” said Wilander. “I will have to concentrate on my serves and then go for the returns. It is what you mainly have to do against him. You don’t have time to build up an attack.” Edberg, 22, who has won the tournament for the last two years, said he had not reached top form throughout the event. “I’m not playing well and I can still win, so that makes me feel good,” Edberg said. “I will have to work a lot to beat Mats, it’s going to be very difficult. I’ll have to lift my game another level, but I’ve got two days so hopefully it will change. I’ve been struggling for two weeks but I’m still in the tournament. It’s mostly a mental struggle because I’m in good shape physically. I think I just have to believe more in myself.”
Mats Wilander outlasted defending champion Stefan Edberg, 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, today to move into the men’s final of the Australian Open. The third-seeded Wilander, who won the event in 1983 and ’84, has reached the final four times in the past five Opens. He did not compete last year. The second-seeded Edberg, who turned 22 Tuesday, had trouble with his first serve and his volley for much of the 3-hour 19-minute battle. He played from the baseline more than usual but was unable to match Wilander’s accuracy. “It was mostly psychological out there,” Wilander, 23, said of the victory over his friend and Swedish Davis Cup practice partner. “I feel I’m psychologically stronger than Stefan.” Wilander served and volleyed more than usual: “One of the reasons I was doing that was because I get a rhythm going, get more speed in my game, and return much better. But I can’t keep it up for the whole match.” “All these people keep telling me I can’t play on hardcourts,” Pat Cash said today after defeating Ivan Lendl to gain the final of the Australian Open. “I wonder what they think now?” The 22-year-old Wimbledon champion defeated Lendl 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in 3 hours 56 minutes, and will meet Mats Wilander on Sunday. Cash won the last four games of the match losing just four points. ”The fifth set came down to a battle of fitness and concentration and I came out on top,” Cash said. He advanced to the final for the second successive year. He lost to Edberg in last year’s final. ‘‘I’m not elated yet,” Cash said. “I know I’ve still got one more match to win.” Lendl, regarded as the best hardcourt player in the world, collapsed in the face of Cash’s fierce will-to-win in a battle between two heavyweight sluggers of the ball. U.S. and French Open champion Lendl said he thought the Australian was tired in the fourth set, but was lifted by the cheering, chanting crowd. ”The crowd gets behind him and I think he got pumped up in the fourth and fifth sets,” Lendl said. The normally volcanic Aussie kept his emotions in check throughout the roller-coaster battle, but Lendl was given a code of conduct warning for racket abuse in the third set. Both Cash and Lendl went into the match without having dropped a set in the tournament. Cash will try to become the first Australian since Mark Edmondson in 1976 to win the title.
Final: Heral Wire Service
Hometown hero Pat Cash was hoping to turn the Australian Open tennis championships into a national celebration. But Mats Wilander spoiled the party. Wilander, a 23-year-old Swede, downed Cash in a marathon five-set final Sunday to win his third Australian Open. Wilander said he has worked hard to improve his game since losing the French and U.S. Open finals to Ivan Lendl last year. “I couldn’t have won this match six or seven months ago,” he said after his 6-3, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 (4 hours 27 minutes) victory in the rain-interrupted match. “I feel a lot stronger, particularly with my serve.” It was the fifth Grand Slam title (27th overall) for Wilander, who has also won two French Opens. And, seeking his first Australian Open singles crown, made quick work of second-round foe today. Lendl, 27, thrashed American it was the fifth straight time a Swede has won the Australian men’s final. “It is a long time since I’ve seen the top four players in the world so intense to win a tournament,” said third-seeded Wilander. “All four of us felt we could win it, and that’s why it feels so good to succeed.” Fourth-seeded Cash, who lost to Stefan Edberg in last year’s final, was backed by a vocal crowd of 15,000 at the new National Tennis Center. Cash had defeated top-ranked Lendl of Czechoslovakia in the semifinals, while Wilander downed Edberg. “I’m not greatly disappointed, although I obviously wanted to win,” said Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, after Sunday’s loss. “You cannot play the best tennis of your life every day. There are only a few points between the top players in the world, and one day it will go one way, another day the other.” Wilander, who had lost his previous four Grand Slam matches against Cash, was leading by 4:1* (40/15) in the second set, in that game the match was halted by rain. After play resumed, Cash rallied to win the set in a tiebreaker. “I played the best tennis of my career in the first two sets, and I don’t know how I lost the second,” Wilander said. “But that’s one of Cash’s strengths. He came back and that’s why he is going to be one of the great players.” Wilander took a 2:0 lead in the final set before Cash rallied with a break to tie it. The Australian was two points away from victory twice leading 5:4* but on both occasions to get a match point, made errors. Wilander broke Cash for a 7:6 lead, then held serve to close out. There was no tiebreaker in the final set. The Swede said his serve was a key to victory. “I served well when I needed it, which is unusual for me because I don’t usually go for it on the first serve,” he said. Wilander said he thought Cash tired late in the match. “He got down for his volleys but he missed them and he didn’t serve as well,” he said. Cash, 22, said Wilander’s crisp service returns were a major factor. “Mats was just too good today,” he said. “He was returning incredibly well.” Wilander earned a total of $155,000 in prize money and bonuses for winning the $1.9 million tournament. Cash received $77,500 as runner-up. Wilander’s victory extended the Swedes’ success in the Australian Open. Wilander won in 1983 and 1984, while Edberg won in 1985 and 1987. There was no tournament in 1986 because the date was switched from December to January. This year’s tournament was played on a cushioned hard-court surface. It used to be played on grass in nearby Kooyong. Stats of the final.
1989 matches on YT:
Lendl vs. Muster – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6_D396XY4 (short clip)
Lendl vs. Mecir – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ziShLGUU-c