Classic match of the day

30 years ago today: Dec. 11, 1983

Ivan Lendl takes on Mats Wilander in the final of the Australian Open (then held at year’s end in December).

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How things have changed. First, the Australian Open was in December. Plus, it was held at Kooyong, which is just a short tram trip from Melbourne Park but, much like the West Side Tennis Club at the time, basically an overgrown club.

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Not only that, the tournament had a named sponsor (later, it was the Ford Australian Open). And it was a cigarette company.

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(Thanks to Yannick Cochennec for the head’s up).

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