The Australian Open was run by just four full-time staff members sixteen years ago, while today that number is 140.
Sarah Clement, who is now Tennis Australia’s general manager of operations and events, was one of those four people and she shared with the public what it was like to organize the Australian Open back then.
"We were responsible for everything – players, sponsors, staffing, site, contractors, media, you name it," she explains.
"It was the four of us and we did everything. You literally did have a nervous breakdown. It’s a bit blurred, I think I literally ran for three weeks."
Can you imagine that a Grand Slam was prepared in this way? How things have changed. The 2008 Australian Open is organized by 140 full-time staff members, and a total of over 4000 people will work around the clock to deliver what is planned to be the biggest and best Australian Open ever. (source: Australian Open)