Australian Open fast facts
Originally published on 24/01/17 00:00
The winner of the Australian Open men’s singles title is awarded the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, named after the first non-Briton to win the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1907. Sir Norman Everard Brookes, who also won the Australian Open in 1911, served as the president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia for 28 years.
The trophy itself dates back to 1906, crafted in London and based on the Warwick Vase, a Roman marble vase from the second century, found in the 18th Century in the grounds of the Emperor Hadrian’s villa on the outskirts of Rome.